The Xbox One will arrive in just 11 days. Hard to believe, I know.  But before then, you can take a look at the all new Xbox Dashboard and some of the innovative features it has to offer that might just give it a winning edge over Sony’s PS4.  Of course, until a hands on is performed, it’s nearly impossible to say which system will emerge the winner, if at all.  But, so far the Xbox One’s Dashboard is looking intuitive, robust, and easy to use.

1. Instant Login for Multiple People

Unlike today’s consoles, the Xbox One and the Kinect can instantly log you into the system.  And even better, if there are multiple people sitting in front of the Kinect, it can also recognize that person as well.  Moreover, you can seamless switch between the two logged in users just by asking the Xbox One “show my stuff”.  Each home screen can be tailored according to one’s needs, as well as show recently used apps and social feeds, etc.

2. Instant On Everything

This one is almost surreal it’s so fast and smooth: the new Xbox One allows you to jump from one experience to the next with virtually no waiting.  So, just by saying the game, or the app, the Xbox One will instantly adhere to your command.  If you’ve paused a game, no problem, it will instantly start where you left off.

3. Merge Screens

With the merge screen option you don’t have to miss a thing.  Okay, it’s not really merging the screen, but you can enjoy two Xbox One experience simultaneously.  For instance, if you receive a Skype call in the middle of a TV show, you can snap the two experiences together in one screen, allowing to view both at the same time.  Great when you’re watching a sporting event and don’t want to miss a play.

4. Skype Focus

So we know the Xbox One has Skype built-in.  Great for making calls to friend, family and needless to say other gamers.  But what is really neat is that through software manipulation, the Kinect camera is able to follow subjects by panning and zooming as they walk around the room.  Again, this is a software features, so the Kinect camera isn’t physically moving, but nevertheless it provides a neat effect.  To hang, just tell the Xbox to do so.

5. TV Guide by Voice

The Xbox One might not be able to control your cable box (unless you have this), but it can tell you what’s on just by asking it to show you the TV guide and stating channels.  That may not sound like a big deal, but trust me, when you’re searching for a show or sporting event this feature will likely be a god send.

6. Game DVR

This feature isn’t unique as it’s available on the PS4.  However, Microsoft’s version looks pretty intuitive.  Simply just ask the Xbox One to record a scene and then within a few seconds you can instantly upload it to their servers and share it with friends.  You can even record your own commentary using the Kinect camera, where upon the Xbox One will merge the two shots into one experience for your friends to see.



Christen Costa

 
Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."