Xbox One's UI and Snap mode gets filmed in new video clip

Microsoft released an official look at the dashboard of the Xbox One a few days ago, but that video clip was a simulation and even Microsoft team members later admitted there were elements in that video that were not representative of how it works in the real world.

This week, the Gameon Daily website managed to get their hands on an Xbox One hardware SDK and filmed a quick clip from a monitor that showed a real world version of the consoles UI, concentrating on its Snap mode feature. Basically, the video shows how you can play the upcoming Xbox One launch title Killer Instinct and then use the Snap mode to bring up the console's version of Internet Explorer so it can run side-by-side with the game. You could, in theory, look up information about a game in IE while playing the game at the same time.

While this latest clip is from the Xbox One SDK and not from an actual retail box, it's still offers a good idea of how the Snap mode feature could be very useful. Microsoft is still planning to launch their next generation console on November 22nd in 13 markets.

Source: Gameon Daily on YouTube

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It would be good to see some RWD sites in that view, sites should be able to take advantage of whatever the browser width in snapped mode is and come up with more useful layouts. I'm a little surprised Bing isn't already designed to do that for for use on Smart phones.

I still don't understand why people need the XBox One to be just a game console. Leaving it at just that leaves too much unrealized potential, and the potential to be flat footed by a competitor.

I think it's a combination of two things. You have people that hate any and all change and then you have the fanboys that are going to dump on anything that doesn't have the logo they like.

Dot Matrix said,
I still don't understand why people need the XBox One to be just a game console. Leaving it at just that leaves too much unrealized potential, and the potential to be flat footed by a competitor.

I agree - people are a bit too single minded about it's utility (which is curious when the 360 and PS3 did quite a few things outside of 'just' playing games). MS' implementation looks really neat - those are features I want (and more importantly the rest of my family want) and I suspected MS' software side was really the strong point of the X1 (along with integration with kinect).
I get that 'hard core' (what a term) gamers want it to 'do games' and nothing else but the large majority of these new consoles will end up in the hands of joe public who's just as interested in the other facilities (or will be when they see how well they're integrated). The PS4 looks like it's got a big shortfall on the software side to me - it looks like it's really not moved on a whole lot since the last generation (whilst it's hardware has). It's possible that MS have got the balance right - I'm interested to see next month for myself.

wow, the trolls and sony fanboys are downvoting that video hard lol. 387 likes, 329 dislikes. I get having a brand preference but this is just plain fanatical now.

Yep, as soon as an Xbox video hits N4G and NeoGAF, you can expect the massive pathetic Sony fanboy horde to ruin the fun.
Sony's still in big trouble though, even after the slight rebound following years of massive losses, an article on Eurogamer made that very clear today. Vita is essentially dead and the PS4 is probably the only thing that can keep Sony afloat.
It's simple fanboy desperation as they know they're in a dire state of affairs.

Hmmm... wondering if end the end MS is doing too much for a console. One of consoles benefits is it does one thing really well. Time will tell. But it's beginning to look like they should throw in a mouse and keyboard.

MorganX said,
Hmmm... wondering if end the end MS is doing too much for a console. One of consoles benefits is it does one thing really well. Time will tell. But it's beginning to look like they should throw in a mouse and keyboard.

They recently said it's technically possible for developers to build in mouse and keyboard support with the Xbox One.

That's fine as long as you don't become a jack of all trades, master of none. Even the best smartphone will fail if it makes call poorly. Time will tell. It's looking more and more like a PC.

the inability of the PS4 to multi task will be a huge issue going forward given as sony simply doesn't update their software at the same rate MSFT does and MSFT is already miles ahead.

Its one of the reasons I've decided to skip the PS4 and am getting an Xbox One. Being able to watch TV, tell a game to load in the background, notify me when its ready, and then switching to it without skipping a beat is a nice feature of the One. I watched a PS4 video earlier this week and while it loaded the game demoed it took about 30 seconds which is just about long enough for me to start thinking about doing something else.

neonspark said,
the inability of the PS4 to multi task will be a huge issue going forward
The PS4 has a processor dedicated to background tasks, so no. It'll be an issue for the One because they take away from the already lower CPU power to do these tasks.

Drewidian said,
Its one of the reasons I've decided to skip the PS4 and am getting an Xbox One. Being able to watch TV, tell a game to load in the background, notify me when its ready, and then switching to it without skipping a beat is a nice feature of the One. I watched a PS4 video earlier this week and while it loaded the game demoed it took about 30 seconds which is just about long enough for me to start thinking about doing something else.
Do you have ADHD? Anyway the PS4 lets you play a game while it's installing so what's the problem here?

What I don't understand is why anyone would want to be doing things other than playing games while they're playing games. Are you also checking your phone during movies too?

MS is also promoting tablets for second screens, but if you have a tablet already then why would you want to do this stuff on a TV?

Geezy said,
The PS4 has a processor dedicated to background tasks, so no. It'll be an issue for the One because they take away from the already lower CPU power to do these tasks.

False, they have the same CPU. Arguably MS is up in the CPU department because many of their 15 custom chips offload CPU work (things like their move engines and other GPGPU work). Plus MS have said they have increased the clock of their CPU.