12-Minute Xbox One Demo Shows Its Features

Microsoft released a live demonstration for Xbox One’s features. In particular, the 12 minutes of footage look at how the Xbox One dashboard is intertwined with the network beyond that.

The clip sits down in your standard living room with Marc Whitten and Yusuf Mehdi from the Xbox brand. They start off by showing how the home view catalogs a list of the latest activity the Xbox One has done, whether that’s games, media or other material.

On the side, the Xbox One will continue to provide a way for users to pin their personal favorites on a board, which is shown as a full screen of favorite applications later. Swiping to the right provides a choice between the most selected items the service provides, like games and shows.

Signing in becomes easier with the Kinect device. It automatically detects people present in the room and signs into the network without the use of passwords. It can even detect and store multiple people at once. Changing accounts is as easy as saying: “Xbox, show my stuff,” which makes it load up that person’s dashboard, just by voice command.

The demo then turns to showing how interconnected content works. Most impressively, the swiftness of moving from a live game to other programs, without any load times, is the thing to take away from that. Going to the home dashboard on the 360 always needed a moment to load up.

Xbox One also pauses the game automatically when going elsewhere, only to come back instantaneously to it later on.

It’s possible to receive notifications of the latest activity, no matter what program is currently used. So, even live TV can have activity, like incoming Skype calls, come up.

A neat feature about Skype is that Kinect automatically detects the person’s skeletal frame and follows them around the room. It also zooms in and focuses accordingly.

For Let’s Play enthusiasts, the recording feature will be the most interesting. Aside from on the fly recording, the Xbox One also offers easy editing tools, such as picture-in-picture for gameplay commentary. A time frame underneath both the recorded footage and the camera indicates how long edits can take place.

There’s also a space to locate activity from friends, which holds anything from recently used programs to newly released content. This would be the place to discover new things to try out.

Finally, the demo goes over the TV programs and the guide in particular. Here, it’s possible to create a personal feed of favorite channels. This can also be switched between users on the fly with voice commands.