The Xbox One is a PC in console’s clothing. Here’s why it matters

Digital Trends - Microsoft has spoken at length about the many features of its new all-in-one entertainment console. Besides gaming, the system will also support control of cable television, streaming apps, and can hook up with a home network to read media files. The Xbox One will also include an upgraded version of Kinect that improves hands-free control and (mostly) removes the need for multiple remotes.

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Belking1507d ago

Developers are gonna be able to do so much cool stuff with xbox-one operating system. There are gonna be some awesome apps coming our way in the years to come. This is very exciting.

fattyuk1507d ago


Apps, TV, advertising,Talk to your console blah blah blah,

No thanks.

BadboyCivic1507d ago

Stop the hating, some people love apps and tv

JoGam1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

So the Xbox One is a cross dresser FBI agent huh? Tv by day, console at night while spying on each other.

matrixman921507d ago

@BadboyCivic "some people love apps and tv"

then buy an internet connected TV?

BadboyCivic1507d ago

Yeh , but can you talk to your internet connected TV?

True_Samurai1507d ago

:-0 the hate is strong in you

Marked1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )


"Yeh , but can you talk to your internet connected TV?"

I'm misunderstood by my fiance', friends, family, co-workers and myself allllll day long. Why on earth would I want to have some stupid piece of needless tech not comprehend what I want it to do. Seriously...this is for me to relax and enjoy my bit of free time. its not like I can brag about this crap to a bunch of people who dont give a shit about it.

Are you not tired of a company of investors telling you what is lemmings off a cliff...

CRAIG6671507d ago

@fattyuk Does it ever get tiring trolling every xbox article? sad mate,just sad.

MysticStrummer1507d ago

@Civic - "Yeh , but can you talk to your internet connected TV?"


Samsung, LG, and Panasonic all make voice activated smart TVs.

kneon1507d ago


Yes you can talk to your TV and even wave your arms around if you like.

malokevi1507d ago

People like to spin this negatively, bash TV, apps, and multimedia...

Little do they realize that these things are almost unanimously beloved by people everywhere, and having them all in one, easily accessible, multi-input device is incredible desirable.

If you want a device that does gaming and almost nothing else... get a WiiU. But, given the choice, I don't understand why anyone would want less.

Games aren't going anywhere. They are just supplemented with all the other great media that we so enjoy. Who ever actually thought it was a bad idea to have all of that wrapped up in a pretty package?

Cynicism in its purest form.

Kryptix1507d ago

I'm guessing people also like seeing advertisements on the home screen and interface as they switch between apps? The thing is that you said the word "some" when MS should of been more focusing on "a lot" which are the gamers. I mean, isn't that why gamers mostly buy a gaming console for? Most of the time, their eyes should be looking at an amazing game, not some extra, like an app that lets you order pizza while my phone already has that function.

fattyuk1507d ago

@craig. Big diffrence between trolling and opinion.... was that really the best input you could come up with?

Death1507d ago

It's funny to see people complain they don't want their console to do anything but play games. The PS3 and now PS4 do many things besides play games and that is good. The Xbox does more and it's bad. Both the Xbox One and PS4 are PC's in a console box. Both have multimedia capabilities built in and do more than play games. The difference is XboxOne comes with Kinect2.0 which adds even more to the experience. It doesn't water down what it already does, it increases what it can do.

Flip this around and have the PSEye included with the PS4 and these same complainers would be bragging how the PS4 does what the Xbox one does and more. Impressive to see so many sheep complain something has too much.

BadboyCivic1507d ago

Ouch....I didn't know TVs could do that.

ala_7671507d ago

Lol... more u gonna reply good bout this comment.... more u will get the dislikes :D

darthv721507d ago

how the components of each are similar and yet the physical size of each unit differs greatly. Its as if the XB1 has all the components spread out to avoid heat issues which results in the use of an external power supply.

Then you have the ps4 and the components are placed accordingly that there is room for an internal power supply.

I can see there is room for improvement on the xb1 design to where cutting down the length of traces between components could result in slightly improved efficiency and the potential of an internalized power supply.

The ps4 is already so nice and compact that the only way to make it smaller is to stack the chips resulting in even shorter traces and as time goes on the reduction in physical die sizes can lead to less heat and the overall size of the shell can be reduced even more.

Both are more alike than different yet both companies went with a different layout of the components. Within at least 2 years we should see the first revisions of each to reduce cost and size.

mewhy321507d ago


I completely agree. No Thanks

Kryptix1507d ago

So you don't mind when non-controller motion sensing is forced down your throat for 100 dollars rather than it being optional? Microsoft expects people to like what they give no matter if it's wrong. It's not fair to bring this up but remember the online check ins/DRM fiasco? Were you ok with that because if you were then you definitely don't know what gamers want. Yea, the PS3 and PS4 can do more than gaming just like the Xbox One and 360 but which one uses their product to promote much more than just games? Yea, look at the link on my previous post. At least the Playstation 4 won't be a 50/50 console, 50 for gaming, 50 for TV and everything else. It's focused mostly for gaming and if you were paying attention, Sony has barely talked about apps or television. Only thing confirmed is what the PS3 has got already, PS4 is getting it, too. (Netflix, Hulu, etc.)

JokesOnYou1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

Well Kryptix, micro said they invested a billion into games and studios over the next year for X1 and they proved it at E3 with a lot of games shown off, so your 50/50 claims are just hot air. The point is just like a smart phone, including other capabilities does not reduce the quality of your cell phone coverage, it just gives you MORE options on 1 device. I mean I'm sure there are still some old school cell phone users who say:

"Why the hell do I want the internet on my cell phone, I already have a laptop!"

Yeah that's true but last I checked in this day and age digital devices are expected to do a variety of things besides their primary function. lol, iphones and Samsung galaxies don't lead the cell phone market because they just make mobile phone calls. Now if you say "hey that's cool that you have these added functions with X1 but I just prefer sonys games so ps4 is what I want"; then great but I don't understand why gamers hate a competing product that's trying to do more.

SonyPS41507d ago

I really don't see the problem with TV and apps. PS4 will have some TV and apps I assure you. PS3 has some form of TV with Hulu Plus and Netflix, and there are a few apps laying around on the XMB menu. As long as the games on XOne are great, having TV and apps are a plus.

"then buy an internet connected TV?"

Isn't it cheaper buying a device that turns your non-Internet TV into an Internet TV than replacing your entire perfectly working TV just for Internet?

There's not wanting the XOne, and there's hating it for non-issues.

medman1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )

Badboycivic and malokevi, we want our gaming machines to you know, play games. We already get apps and TV everywhere else. I have a nice setup that I control with my tablet and my smartTV so Microsofts box offers me nothing I don't already do much better and in more detail than anything they will offer. I realize that many consumers are not in the same position, and the apps/tv thing might be more appealing to them, but anytime a manufacturer states that 3 of it's 8gb's of ram (which is already of an inferior nature to it's direct competitor) will be unavailable for gaming functionality because it will be dedicated to these other functions, that is an issue. At least it is for those of us who love games.

Dlacy13g1507d ago

@mystricsummer ...your solution is to go buy a talking TV that will cost well over $1k versus a $500 console that will do all your TV option could....and a lot more....and much better might I add. Smart TV's aren't all that great in terms of the speed at which they do apps.

andrewsqual1507d ago

@kneon Damn you beat me to it :)
Seriously though like kneon is suggesting, then buy that Samsung TV if you want to look like a spaz.
And stop talking about Xbone and apps. Oh Apps, you mean like the PS3 superior to 360 ones like Youtube and Netflix set to improve even more with PS4? Oh yeah those apps.

JeffGUNZ1507d ago

@ medman. It's been widely commented throughout the gaming world that the Xbox One's E3 game lineup was stellar and overall better then what the PS4 had to show. So the Xbox One will offer amazing games, but now it'll have all these extra cool features. Why wouldn't you want something that does a lot of extra things on top of what it's meant to do?

BallsEye1507d ago


Bigger size of XO results in:

1. Different architecture, more complex
2. Move engines, absent in ps4
3. ESRAM, absent in ps4
4. HDMI IN, for connecting tv as well as other stuff like xbox 360.

It is not bad design, it's just not same as ps4.

mwjw6961507d ago

@SonyPS4 HOLY CRAP! A logical argument with that username!

You blew my mind sir great job and very valid points.

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lgn151507d ago

Sorry dude but you're fucking stupid if you think TV doesn't matter to the average consumer... Dead wrong.

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TheGrimReaper1507d ago (Edited 1507d ago )


"Bigger size of XO results in:

1. Different architecture, more complex
2. Move engines, absent in ps4
3. ESRAM, absent in ps4
4. HDMI IN, for connecting tv as well as other stuff like xbox 360.

It is not bad design, it's just not same as ps4."

Everything you have mentioned is not as big as a PSU which is included in PS4. Xbox One uses an external PSU.
And yes it's more complex and the DMEs are one factor. But this is a negative aspect of the architecture.
Imho MS was afraid of another RROD fiasco. Furthermore I believe PS4 will be louder than Xbox One. I'd be surprised if not, looking at the small design of PS4.
The philosophy of Xbox One is to be a part of your living room like a set-top box. And being too noisy would be bad.
Of course PS4 wants to be an integral part of your living room too, but I don't think pure gamers would be annoyed by a little noise (at least if it is not louder than a launch Xbox 360).

slayorofgods1507d ago

Only MS could make things already done with the 360 seem like a big deal with the one.

TheGrimReaper1507d ago

I don't have a problem with the TV integration BUT I would have to pay more for Xbox One than a citizen of the USA for having less features!

Main reasons why I am not getting a Xbox One (at least not at launch):

1. More expensive
2. Not into Kinect
3. TV features not available in my country
4. I like more franchises of Sony than MS (despite QB nothing peaked my interest, but they have shown good games! Maybe gamescom...)

Please keep in mind, this is just MY opinion.

sic_chops1507d ago

@jeff because it's made by Microsoft.