Still no release date for Microsofts Xbox One console that is estimated to release sometime this year. Microsoft announced five changes that are coming to the Xbox One interface and showed them off at this past week’s Gamescom event.
[b]Retroactive Recording[/b] – Ever pull off a miracle kill or witness a hilarious glitch in a game? The Xbox One lets you record the last 30 seconds to 5 minutes of previous gameplay on the fly. Simply saying “Xbox, record that” triggers the console to capture the desired segment, which extends to movies and other media as well. The short video is then saved to your Xbox Live profile for sharing on social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
[b]Dynamic Achievements[/b] – Most achievements in games are static goals with clear goals that can eventually be obtained. The Xbox One facilitates Featured Challenges, which are rotating rewards that include updated challenges based on factors like time, game difficulty, and community designated goals.
[b]Kinect Support[/b] – Microsoft’s deep integration of the voice-and-motion-activated Kinect cameras play a part in most of the entries on this list. The Kinect can talk to your TV like a universal remote, allowing you to mute change the volume vocally. The Kinect also recognizes your friend’s faces and can store their profile password information your console. The result streamlines the frustration that comes with signing into multiple gamertags at once.
[b]More Friending Options[/b] – The Xbox 360’s meager friends list maxed out at 100; the Xbox One will extend up to 1,000. If you’re still worried about clogging your contacts list with people you don’t care about, Xbox One users will be able to follow one another on Xbox Live similar to Twitter. Followers can see your recent activity, but you’re free to ignore them if you please.
[b]App Flexibility[/b] – On the Xbox 360, you have to completely exit Netflix while waiting for the multiplayer lobby of your favorite FPS to fill up. Apps can now be brought up mid-game to check sports scores, companion guides, or a friend’s uploaded video. Apps also save their previous state, so you don’t need to start from scratch if you launch a full game or something. Microsoft says developers are already working on fun, simple game apps that can be played independently of a larger program.