The Microsoft Xbox One press conference was conducted as a private affair on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, nonetheless, fans of Microsoft's NexGen console were still able to get an the scoop on new features of the Xbox One as bloggers and other media turned out at the event in droves, and later, a recording of the event surfaced via Gamespot (To watch the Complete Microsoft Gamescom 2013 Press Conference Recording video, scroll to the bottom of the post).
Though we didn't hear a solid release date for Microsoft's Xbox One, multiple clues point to a late November release. In the meantime, Microsoft did bring something exciting to the Gamescom 2013 press conference table: The titles of 23 new games coming to the Xbox One. In addition, the company also divulged some pretty nice details about the Xbox One dashboard features and Kinect capabilities.
We've compiled a list of the five most interesting new dashboard features coming to Microsoft's Xbox One when it releases along with the 23 game title revealed at the company's Gamescom 2013 press conference.
Take a look at our information compiled below.
Xbox One Dashboard Feature #1: A Windows 8 Remake
The first thing you notice when you take a look at the new Microsoft Xbox One's dashboard, is the VERY Windows 8 redesign. The dashboard is made up of all rectangular and square tiles in thin fonts and straight lines — just like the changes we saw to Windows 8 for PC, tablets, and smartphones. For those familiar with using Windows 8, the Xbox One version won't be all that difficult to use. To the right of the Xbox One dashboard you see the Xbox One store for purchasing new media. Go to the left and you are taken to your settings.
Xbox One Dashboard Feature #2: Kinect User Recognition
The next big Microsoft's Xbox One dashboard feature, which will probably receive mixed reviews, is the Kinect user-recognition and account management. With the new Xbox One dashboard, users can login to six accounts at the same time as Kinect is able to recognize users based on the sound of their voices — crazy! There is a "scaaaary!" and "sweeeeet!" element to this user-recognition part of the Kinect. And incidentally, this feature can be turned off. However, it is highly useful for helping players manage their achievements, friends, follows, and other game-related tasks.
Xbox One Dashboard Feature #3: New Follower Mode And Managing Friends.
Some other cool improvements Microsoft is bringing to the Xbox One dashboard, are changes to the new follower/follower mode. With Microsoft's Xbox One's dashboard redesign, you can now follow up to 1000 players while also having an unlimited number of followers behind you. This is a vast improvement over the 100 following limit that was allotted on the Xbox 360.
In discussing the previous Xbox One dashboard feature — Kinect player recognition — there are a lot of great friend related features that come along with that as well. For example, the revamped dashboard will allow users to see how other friends are progressing through their games as well the rewards or achievements earned by other Xbox One and 360 users. You also have the ability to pin your favorite friends inside of the "favorite" section, which expedites the creation of a party in a game.
Xbox One Dashboard Feature #4: Voice Commands
Clearly, with all this talk about Xbox One recognizing users by voice, there must be some pretty incredible voice command abilities. Microsoft showcased just what the Xbox One Dashboard could do in combination with Kinect during the Gamescom 2013 press event Tuesday.
Some of the commands demonstrated were as follows:
"Xbox, record that," moves the console into record mode.
"Xbox snap upload," causes the upload app to snap to the side of the game screen -- a feature that can be used with any and all apps, including non-gaming apps like Netflix etc. So, for those fancy watching an episode of the Walking Dead while playing Watch Dogs, this could be useful, albeit a little ADHD.
"Xbox open ____ (insert any game title you own in the blank)" and Microsoft's Xbox One will open it. One fascinating feature — which some users may not appreciate at first -- is the intentional delay programmed into this command. Rest assured, it doesn't mean that your console is stalling, but rather, that is giving you an opportunity to cancel the command via the control in the corner of the screen. This would be useful in accidental cases where you launch an app you didn't mean to. A quick launch could potentially throw you out of the game you're currently playing, losing game status — which we know is absolutely not cool.
Xbox One Dashboard Feature #4: IR Blaster Serves As Harmony Remote To Control Your Home Theater
Finally, Microsoft's Xbox One takes advantage of the console's IR blaster in a very useful way. The IR blaster allows the Xbox One to take control of your living room home theater set-up to control devices like your television receiver and so forth. With voice commands like "Xbox volume up," your television will respond to the commands. The only thing required is a very simple configuration process, which involves searching for your home theater system in the device's simple menu and selecting it.
Microsoft Introduces 23 New Game Titles For Xbox One [COMPLETE LIST]
In addition to these five new Xbox One Dashboard features, here's a quick rundown of the 23 game titles revealed at Microsoft's 2013 Gamescom Press Conference:
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
- Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
- Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
- Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
- FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
- Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
- Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
- Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
- NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
- Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
- Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
- Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
- Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
- Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
- Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
- Zumba Fitness: World Party (Zoë Mode, Majesco)
Watch Microsoft Gamescom 2013 Press Conference [FULL RECORDING]