Will the Microsoft Xbox One Make an Apple Smart TV Irrelevant?

While a smart TV from Apple is probably one of the most anticipated new gadgets of all time, much of the functionality that you'd expect it to include are covered by the new Microsoft Xbox One that was recently released. A careful review of the most likely features of the new Apple device -- hoped for, but not promised, this fall -- covers the bulk of those currently available from Microsoft. Even beyond function, the Xbox One has several intangibles that give it an edge.

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Gimmemorebubblez1969d ago

The problem with the Xbox One is that it doesn't get rid of the box under your TV all it does is daisy to chain to your cable and amplifies the user experience. Smart TV's will soon have Google TV (maybe the Ps4 will have it) built in. Smart TV's will also have camera's that can track your fingers. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if Sony's future Smart TV's had Google TV and the PS4 built in. MS is betting on the wrong horse. Cable boxes aren't the future.

jaredhart1969d ago

It might not get rid of the box yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft has or isn't making deals with different providers.

Muerte24941969d ago

Like he said it only does this via HDMI passthrough. You're still going to need a DVR box. Cable companies are going to have to push the box and Xbox One in one sale. I think Sony has it right in regards to gamers streaming. Apple TV has an analog turner built in, Xbox One doesn't.

Sitdown1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Pretty sure Microsoft is not going after the cable box...... if so, it would get rid of the box under the TV. Follow the logic of your own post. Ps4 built into a TV? why? Too many unnecessary moving parts. Microsoft is trying to stay ahead of the living room curve while trying to balance that work gaming. Hopefully it will not cost them.

dcbronco1968d ago

I would bet that when someone finally breaks down a Comcast X1 they will find a Xbox One motherboard.

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Persistantthug1968d ago

All the XBOX One effectively is,
is a MENU MAKER for cable boxes....basically.

Ju1968d ago

Which you can do with the TabletZ, BTW. Comes with IR Blaster and TV guide...just saying.

3-4-51968d ago

exactly...Microsoft won't just be competing against Nintendo & Sony, but also with others like Apple/google.

They will have to keep up with 5 people's ideas instead of just stay pace with Nintendo and Sony.

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Jaqen_Hghar1968d ago

No, Apple Smart TV will make Xbox One irrelevant.

6DEAD6END61968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Well said no comsumer in their right mind is going to M$ over Apple, its just not going to happen. People trust Apple over Windows because they know they are getting a better product and is safer from hackers because we all know the Xbox One will be hacked within a month time and people will get spied on and have info stollen. Just you wait anonymous will have a field day with the Xbox One.

Sitdown1968d ago

So people now purchase more macs then window computers? I had no idea....

Bzone241968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )


You probably already have one, but just in case here's your instructions.

You're gonna need it.

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dark-kyon1968d ago

i dont know who is being sarcastic of the two.

Urusernamesucks1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Nope, Smart tv will be more expensive than xb1. I guess Steve Jobs death was in vain.

PANTHER10301968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Microsoft is going crazy, the company pretends to fight a war against two powerful companies like Apple and Sony at same time. Germany fought in two fronts in WW2 and was completely destroyed....Good luck Micro!

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BeZdaBest1968d ago

i think the real question is.

is apple really going to release a smart tv.. when they have the puck-like..

sway_z1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Here's the problem with Microsoft's strategy...

If you're a heavy on entertainment, light on core gaming consumer type, then you can get either Rovio or Apple TV for less than $99.

If you want some reasonable core/casual games, almost anything will do..

Ouya, Gamestick etc again around $99.

Heck, even your existing cell phone will do if you're not an avid gamer.

So you can have it all for around $198 or buy the Xbox One at around (speculative) $500?

Microsoft's strategy is for a broader-audience that already is catered for by a zillion companies, does anyone see a problem here...?

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rainslacker1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

I don't think that's the problem with their strategy.

My theory is that their strategy isn't looking to be a Trojan horse anymore. It's gone from a gaming console that people used to play games, and then having an install base of millions to use these features, to a all-in-one device that is trying to appeal to markets broader than gaming, which makes it seem like it may not be as good of a gaming device. Some of the things you mention are applicable to this, as people have cheaper options if this is all they want.

If you look back at Sony with the DVD and Blu-Ray, the PS2 and PS3 respectively were instrumental in helping get those platforms adopted. They really weren't the central focus, but they were there, and people used them and came to like them.

Now this extra feature is coming to the forefront, but it's left a lot of people asking, "What about the games". People don't know if they want this stuff yet, or some already say they don't want it at all(although that may be a bit pre-mature). They haven't tried it. They don't know if it will be something that they will embrace.

Not to hate on MS or anything, but that's the way I see it. I will reserve judgement on it's merits of a game machine until E3. Won't buy one if all those restrictions come to pass, however.

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rainslacker1967d ago

" It has the biggest range and has lots of respect and leverage across those markets"

Which markets are those?

Gaming: OK, I'll give you that one, but where were the games last week?

TV/Streaming media: Really? When someone says those two words to you the first thing that comes into your mind is MS? Tell me what exactly the respect people have for those markets for MS stems from, because I'm pretty sure I don't know. Sony/Samsung/LG/etc are much more likely to be on the tip of someones tongue, and when it comes to streaming, the services themselves(namely Netflix in the US) are probably more commonly known than MS involvement in it.

Outside of Windows and Xbox, the truth is the layman don't know really anything about MS. Their hardware ventures more often than not fail. Keep in mind, this market your referring to are not gamers, and to that end, MS has a lot less respect among consumers who are looking for those products.

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