This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
$1 buys you full access to ALL of TheStreet's Subscription Services! Learn More

Microsoft's Xbox is More Than Just a Game Console

Stocks in this article: MSFTSNE

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Microsoft (MSFT) spent the better part of Tuesday bragging about what they're planning for the company's Xbox gaming console. The list of new features is quite impressive. So much so, that you realize that the upcoming Xbox One is a lot more than just a gaming device.

I won't try to explain every new feature in minute detail for fear of turning this column into a hard-cover, but it's interesting to see exactly what Microsoft deems for their 2013-era game console.

On the outside, Xbox One is just plain looking. Part of the reason for that ordinariness is that Microsoft's One can indeed also act as a cable/satellite pass-thru box for your HD video.

Inside, there is a very, very powerful computer. As predicted, there's an 8-core processor, state-of-the-art video chip, lots of memory and a 500 GB hard drive. What no one really expected was that there would be three operating systems inside. Parts of Windows 8, Windows RT and something new, an Xbox OS. They'll all work in harmony but each will control specific Xbox functions.

In case there was any question, the new Xbox user interface looks very familiar to Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone users. The "Metro" family resemblance is obvious. In addition, as you might imagine, Microsoft-owned Skype is now an integral part of the system.

The new Kinnect 1080p sensor is now an integral part of the device - visible right up front. Kinnect will be able to watch and respond to your every move. It will also understand voice commands - from simple tasks such as turning on/off your Xbox, switching from one input to another or surfing the Web. There is also a new controller with buttons that will relay mechanical feedback.

Microsoft's online Xbox Live subscription service has been refreshed will new features such as the new "Game DVR" function will will allow fans to save, edit and share their feats of prowess with others. Games will be able to be played offline too.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,810.06 +91.06 0.51%
S&P 500 2,063.50 +10.75 0.52%
NASDAQ 4,712.97 +11.1030 0.24%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs