2It Proves Microsoft Understands Consumers
One of the most important things to understand about Microsoft’s Xbox One is that it appears to tap into consumers’ many desires for an entertainment device. Delivering a variety of entertainment options with the ability to search the Web and control features through gestures, the device has all of the bases covered.
3It’s All About Entertainment
4Kinect Is Truly Cross-Platform
Although Kinect, Microsoft’s motion-sensing input device, made its debut on the Xbox, the new and improved sensor is also expected to be a cross-platform product. The sensor will ship first with the Xbox One later this year. But it will also ship to Windows 8 users next year, according to reports. Expect Kinect to play a key role in Microsoft’s product strategies.
5Bring On Skype
6It’s an Extension of Windows 8
7It’s a Computer In and of Itself
8Microsoft Wants It to Sit Atop Other Services
Microsoft has made the interesting move of making the Xbox One sit on top of televisions. In other words, the device is capable of providing television network listings and other information while it’s on. Microsoft has decided that it wants to have a prominent place in the living room entertainment center. And it’s doing so with the Xbox One.
9The Online Gaming Craze Is Huge
Looking around the gaming industry, it’s clear that the online-playing craze has hit an all-time high. So, it’s no surprise that Microsoft is once again ramping up its online efforts with a new and improved Xbox Live. The offering will include game playing, of course, but will also feature the ability to sell used games and more. It’ll be a nice update.
10An End to Physical Media in Sight?
The end to physical media has been bandied about for years, but it’s quite possible that it could finally happen with Microsoft’s full weight behind the move. The Xbox One will allow users to buy digital versions of games. Those who buy physical disks will be required to download the title to the console and never need the disk again. It appears Microsoft is determined to complete the move to a diskless world.
11It’s an Online World
Although Microsoft has provided few details on what this means for consumers, the Xbox One will always—always—be connected to the Internet. That, of course, opens a world of possibilities (and perhaps security concerns) to consumers, and could mean that Microsoft has once again acknowledged that a completely offline environment is all but dead.