Microsoft Corp. could finally unleash Windows apps on the Xbox One. The company is bringing the core of Windows 10 to the Xbox One, allowing developers to bring apps and games from Windows Phone and PCs to Microsoft's latest console.
Excellent More content and options are always welcome
True. It would be especially nice if I don't need to rebuy. Or at least a heavily discounted price. I love my card and puzzle games
I love tower defense games myself
Love the way all microsoft stuff is all streamlined now and getting even better.
I'm torn on how they're going to approach this. If Microsoft makes it cross-buy, it'd be huge. Definitely a good reason to jump into their ecosystem, especially for apps. Big games obviously won't run on a phone or most tablets, but the idea of cross-buy apps is amazing. To me, it's either gotta be cross-buy or nothing. The heavily discounted thing doesn't really make sense when alot of games/apps are $0.99. It would make Microsoft look cheap, VERY CHEAP, if they were giving a massively whole show stopping $0.50 discount.
Yeah looking forward to this. It would be huge if I can buy apps and small puzzle games/Spartan Assault 1 time and play them on all my devices also Windows 10 streamlining everything into 1 ecosystem is definitely a great idea.
This great news for them, and it's good to see they too are embracing the one ecosystem ideology. On the flip side I don't want to hear anyone in this comment section complaining about indies or mobile games ever again. The more important question is are these games "Window Games Only" (such as small downloads and mobile games), is this basically allowing developers to drag and drop PC games onto the XBL, or is this literally saying DX12 PC games are playable on XBL. If it's Window Games only, then it's a nice boost to XBLA. If it's the second option (which I think it is), it's incredible for developers and allows them to simply make a PC version and instantly have an XBO version as well, leaving them to simply optimize for the console (and hopefully improve XBO ports). This should make many of those PC games that were going PS4 exclusive, come to the XBO sooner and simultaneously in the future. If it's the third option (which I doubt), then this is huge. I seriously doubt they're going to let you buy a PC disc and start playing, or let you download steam etc... on the XBO and buy games from there, so while it would be huge, I don't think it's going to happen. Regardless this is exactly what I've been saying for the longest MS needs to do if they want to compete in the console space. They need to carve out a lane that they can completely dominate on their own. Regardless of what anyone thinks, Sony owns the console market. With 3 consoles they've sold almost as much as MS and Nintendo combined (PS = 347m, MS + Nintendo = 378m, excluding the current gen). As long as Sony doesn't price themselves out of the competition like they did with the PS3, introduce a Blue Ocean console, or attempt drastic policy changes on their own, I don't see them ever having a struggle selling the PlayStation brand / ecosystem. This is why MS and Nintendo has to create their own niche. Nintendo dominates the handheld business, so focus on a high-end handheld for $199 (which is easier than ever thanks to the evolution of mobile technology). MS has always had their ace, they just never want to use it until now. PC. The Xbox can be a PConsole, and honestly this is the first step towards it. Running Windows as the OS instantly gives them access to all the benefits of a PC if they use the full version. Keyboard + mouse support, full programs, apps, etc... would all be accessible from your home console, and it would have the potential to become the best selling computer brand of all time, since it functions as a game console and a PC. They already proved they can do dual OS, so have the PConsole automatically launch in an Xbox mode where it's all about gaming, and if you want to use the full Windows experience then simply launch that OS with the click of the Windows App button. It would be perfect for EVERY person who needs a PC, and cost no more than $500 (kids - college students can game, and do homework all on that one device). If an AIO media device is their goal, then that should be it, not simply focusing on apps and HDMI-In. The only possible issue is that more than likely this type of Xbox will have to use Intel + NVIDIA since they are the major market share owners for high end CPU and GPU in PC. This means the Xbox will have a great CPU powering it, as well as a powerful GPU, the problem is that in comparison if Sony goes with AMD they should be able to get more GPU power into their console for the same price, and we have a PS4 vs XBO situation all over again. The difference is the Xbox console will offer a true complete AIO device out the box, and offer significantly more features, and still offer a more than capable gaming console. MS if you go this route I want my check.
This would be a game changer if MS can pull it off by Q3 of next year. Any longer, and X1 will have lost too much ground to the PS4
Yea but pretty much all the noteworthy games from windows comes out for the X1 anyway. Aside from AAA games that won't be able to run well on X1 either.
Xbox is turning into a cell phone..... come on xbox. Apps? It has the camera, a voice messaging system, Skype, and now apps. What about more games in more genres? Come on Microsoft make a gaming console, not a huge cell phone.
@vega, have you got defense grid 2? I'm top of the leaderboards for most of the super grinder missions, EPIC tower defense game!
I don't have a Xbox one but I'm happy for those who do. Freakin hate Windows 8.
is the ui getting a complete overhaul? also what apps would be useful on a console that arent already on the system? some things to consider.
Of the millions of windows games and apps currently in existence, there are plenty that people would find useful on their television. Also, a 'complete overhaul' isn't needed as the Xbox is already running windows 8. This synergy was likely planned all along, and the universal apps are designed to scale to the device running them.
My Theory : With Windows 10 on PC, there will be a Xbox One App. Sign into it, and you have access to all of your games which you digitally purchased.. and you can play them, via cloud. Microsoft already said they are looking into people being able to play Xbox One on Internet Explorer and Google Chrome .. > http://www.ibtimes.com/micr... . So I think Microsoft is going the Steam route really, only with streaming content. The Xbox One will be able to play the games better, being that the data is saved on the hard drive obviously. There will still be reason to own a Xbox One.. it will simply give the best experience on a TV. Anyone though would be able to create a Xbox Live account, purchase games and play them via streaming using the Xbox One app on tablets and phones (or even smart TVs with an internet browser). The same Xbox One app will be available on Phones and Tablets, so aslong as you have a way to sync the controller to these devices, you can also stream the games to your phone and tablet without the need for your Xbox One to be switched on (all game saves and progress are saved to the cloud anyway). The biggest issue is obviously latency. I never tried PSNow but the reports have been average to above average. I don't know how this can be fixed, especially those with average connection speeds. All hearsay though, just my theory on how things could progress. If this is a sign of things to come though, an absolute game changer is on the horizon.
Honestly, this is a big deal. This particular news is great but the idea of overhauling the OS on console. Apps, UI, games in relation to it will run faster and smoother and even opens doors to more innovative monthly features on X1. The fact that X1 is capable of having a brand new Windows every year on top of monthly updates just puts XBL as a whole a gift that keeps on giving.
thats pretty cool. im guessing they add the 10 update to mobiles too so that makes 3 cross platform devices
4 actually. PC XB1 Tablets Phones
Maybe they some time will incorporate Windows core System on Tvs, with integrated kinect
@oSHINSAo Windows is definitely coming to TVs.
Nice. I wish Sony would do this with Android apps.
Sony have nothing to do with android and every app will be adjusted to run and fit on xb1 just to much work for sony anyway get your own ideas
Ya.. Tho it seems ms is giving android preferential treatment over iOS.. Which is very rare..
1) I'm fully aware Sony has nothing to do with Android. 2) Get my own ideas? So, I'm not allowed to suggest a possibility? What is wrong with you, dude? 3) I should have known better than to make a positive comment. You people seem to suck the joy out of everything around here.
@WeAreLwgion Sony won't use Android, because it's too easy to crack and it could be a complete nightmare if that happens. Sony has to build their own OS, and wait for developers to make their apps for it. But this does bring up the question of will the MS be updating Windows every year or every couple of years now, because Windows isn't the most difficult OS to hack into either, and it could be the death of Xbox if people hack into gamers consoles, like they constantly do on PCs.
Actually I had a bet with a friend that the PS4 would emulate/run a beefy variant of Android. I also had Google tipped for buying the brand but alas, I was wrong.
Sweet , in the great words of Charlie Sheen " Winning" yeah
Wow, what a comeback for the Xbox. Seriously, In less than a year it is becoming more and more consumer friendly offering the best of the best. exclusives, apps, features, etc. Excellent console.
I can't say best of the best, that is completely determined by games IMO, and it hasn't been long enough for any of these consoles to really shine. But I can say they have done tons of things to improve the console, and get things back on track. Looking at the current sales I think the XBO is about to take a comfortable 2nd / 3rd on the weekly sales charts (fighting with 3DS) which is a huge comeback from where they were just over the summer. I don't think it's going to fix it's public image, and IMO what they need to do is simply come out and apologize on their Xbox Wire page for all the issues and confusion and let everyone know all the great features and games on the XBO now, and those that are about to come. It may seem trivial, but it would send out a strong message that they know they messed up and they plan to fix it. I like my XBO (I wish it had a stability update for all the unnecessary "brief" loadings), and it is a good console.
Comeback for Xbox? Your giving credit where it really isnt due smh. What a comeback for gamers and im glad most stuck to their guns and responded with their wallets bcus if they wouldnt have Xbox one would look totally different and theyd be shafting ppl even more. Good job consumers and lets stick together like this no matter what company it is when they do shady, anti consumer bs!!!!!
I'd like to note that, as the article points out, Microsoft promised this before they released the Xbox One. I'll believe it when I see it, because so far M$ has done a crappy job of supporting Xbox One early adopters.
Am an early adapter and I am more than happy with everything they have done and continue to do .
How are they doing a crappy job with early supporters when all early supporters are getting the same updates and features as the late ones?
How have they done crappy by early adopters?? Do you expect free games or something?
Cheatybird... Given your one comment history, not to mention you created the account 2 minutes before posting the comment... guarantees you're a troll.
How can you be upset with the post-launch support the Xbox One has received?
you have no idea what you are talking about. as a day one buyer i have been nothing but happy with my purchase
Never mind the doubters the x box 1 is going to be amazing next year.Rumours are directx12 will be for Windows 10 and directx11.3 is for people using windows 7 and 8 maybe? Wait and see on that though still only speculation. Even games sites like Kotaku are beginning to see why the x box 1 is so different. I told you guys before the three OS's is important and its the reason the updates come out so fast month to month. http://kotaku.com/octobers-...
While I do believe it may be held behind Windows 10, I don't see the point of making people upgrade their OS if cards that support DX12 are already available. Then again it may just be an incentive to upgrade because honestly, no one really get exited to upgrade their PC's OS anymore.
If they overhaul the OS, it means it's designed to take advantage of newer hardware through acceleration. If the OS is designed for DX12 and functionality of that API, the increase with performance would be pretty big. It all depends on how well they figured out the multi-device approach. If it's tough for developers to get it operational, then it was all for nothing. But if they get it right, the upgrade would not only be substantial, it'd open alot of new doors for app makers and smaller indie devs.
The reason the updates come out so fast, is because it uses Windows, which is what I said a while ago in an article. The majority of people building apps and programs are using Windows, and since the XBO is using Windows as the OS, it makes sense for updates, apps, and features to be able to come to the platform faster than any other console. This was probably the smartest choice in designing the XBO.
"Even games sites like Kotaku are beginning to see why the x box 1 is so different." Lol, the Kinect 2.0 is what made the X1 "so" different but MS, cowered by the success of the PS4, decided to drop it. Couldn't care less about all that multitasking bs discussed in the article. Just give me a console that performs better at playing games. The problem with the X1 lies with the hardware specs, something MS can't fix with firmware updates.
lol you think the only thing that makes the XBO different is the Kinect lmao!!!! Never mind snap, the UI, the user feedback updates, the 3 operating systems, the HDMI in, etc etc etc You guys just keep spewing stuff that you hear other people spew, then you make stupid comments as if you know what youre talking about. You have absolutely no idea. At least be properly informed about why you hate something. Oh wait you cant do that... what if you end up liking it!!!!! Brain explodes!!!!
Good news! Finally console owners get pc experience! ;)
I don't think it's to that degree. I think it's more so allowing developer to easily drag and drop the PC build of their games onto the XBO, allowing them to spend more time optimizing for the console (getting the best performance) instead of trying to get things up and running. If it is the full PC experience, then an I told you so is due to all of n4g, and I want my check from MS.
Omg I can't wait this is gonna be awesome.... Im definitely got buy windows 10 just cause I can now share apps with my xbox
You're suppose to be able to upgrade from Windows 8 for free. At least that's the current rumor.
But will Xbox games go to PC? Ramp up your PC support Microsoft.
Your starting to see that already.. It would work both ways Dr3, ryse etc.. Even forza 5 was ported to PC (tho no idea if it was just for demo purposes)
@Bodge That's actually a good point, but like I said earlier MS would benefit most by being a PConsole so in the end it wouldn't really hurt them. You could simply build a gaming PC as normal, or you could buy an XB4 (aka a PConsole) and continue playing on the Xbox brand while also gaining all the benefits of a gaming PC. Either way they're still getting paid of the software sale, and licensing.
My take: What they are doing is ambitious and they are trying to bring their devices under one platform for developers. Whats holding them back is the fact that the majority of vendors, and enterprise software developers aren't supporting Windows 8 and Metro style applications. Therefore the windows 10 core will be futile as an ubiquitous platform unless it supports legacy apps on all devices. In regards to the Xbox One I don't see anything but positive implications of letting developer develop across multiple devices. Also it will be interesting to see how this effects the UI.
Microsoft Master Race... Xbox ❤️ PC.
I find it funny when I posted a blog saying MS should go this route, people were disagree left and right, saying there wouldn't be any competition and Sony would completely own the console space (like they did with the PSOne, PS2, and currently with the PS4, so that was a weak argument). This is exactly what MS needs to do with Xbox. It's a near Blue Ocean strategy without giving up the high-end console gaming aspect. http://n4g.com/user/blogpos...
Sounds cool. I still don't know why they skipped Windows 9, though.
Saw an article about this recently while surfing through Flipboard. Technically speaking, Windows 8 wasn't really Windows 8 either when you count their official OS releases. It would actually be more accurate to call it Windows 12 (iirc from the article). In other words, MS finds normal counting methods too mainstream an basically just name Windows whatever they want. ;)
Haha true, they did the same thing with the Xbox One. It's just confusing.
A lot of lazy coders have OS checks for Windows 9X, meaning 95 or 98, if it detected Windows 9 it would have reverted to old rendering and compatibility for 95 and 98, hence skipping 9.
Love all these addition..XB1..it truly does everything
I am excited to see what kind of console it becomes in 2-3 years. MS are no slouches when it comes to making software improvements, as evidenced in the monthly updates. God only knows what they are up to behind the scenes.
Don't get me wrong the PS4 is a fine machine. The specs are higher but the X1 just offers too much innovation to resist. And it's only just begun. I can't wait for DX12 to see the improvements and games like Gears Of War.
The man speaks the truth!!
And yet reality tell us a different story where the PS4 is king and crushing the x1 but I guess anything can hope.
@Predaking77 How much the PS4 sells, has little to do with, how the XB1 evolves. Nothing stops THAT train. You seem to forget how much bigger a company MS is than Sony. MS are here to stay and they are playing to win. Deal with it. Competition is a healthy thing. I actually commend sony for making MS get back into focus.
so we can play PC games with X1 ? like starcitizen ?!?! if so , im in with X1 :D
This is why xbox doesn't run good games because they rather make it a pc entertainment center.
XB1 games are great. Havent been able to put down FH2 since I got it at midnight launch day
This has the potential to be really big. I have been saying all along that it was indeed launched too soon to compete with Sony. Now almost a year later for most, the improvements have been just multiplied month after month. This is where the X1 should have launched in the first place..I look forward to seeing the system keep improving.