The Xbox is well known as a gaming console, but in my home, while it IS used for games, it's already even more frequently turned on as a way to rent, buy, and watch movies and television shows. As non-cable-subscribers, we make good use of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Crackle and have rented from Vudu through our Xbox. This personal experience with the 360 makes me confident that they were on to something when designing this next iteration to truly be a hub of entertainment and communication in modern homes.
A quick overview of what it will do, beyond gaming:
Entertainment: Connected to the web (at least once a day, not continually) and the cloud, the Xbox One will connect to, play and record live TV as well as serving up films and TV shows. You will be able to access your movies, music and games, anytime, from anywhere and the storage space is expandable. It will also play Blu-Ray discs. It has its own TV Guide, as well as a Trending page to direct you to the most popular content. They are producing their own TV series, based on Halo, created by Steven Speilberg.
Communication: The Xbox One will use voice commands: Xbox On, Xbox Watch TV, etc. and is designed to allow for fast switching between content. You will be able to use Skype through it, even while watching TV or playing a game. The Kinect feature is upgraded with refined sensors that will be able to read your heartbeat during an exercise session.
Availability and Projected Cost: Later this year (family holiday gift, anyone?) and $600.
For a humorous view of what were really the important points from the launch:
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(Image: Microsoft via The Guardian)