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Xbox One dashboard demoed in new 12-minute video

Sam Loveridge


Xbox One dashboard
Xbox One dashboard

Microsoft has released a 12-minute long video showing off the new Xbox One dashboard and its new features.

Yusuf Mehdi, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Xbox and Marc Whitten, Corporate Vice President walk through the Xbox One dashboard in a 12-minute long live presentation.

“Marc Whitten and Yusuf Mehdi walk through a comprehensive demo of Xbox One, including instant switching, biometric sign-in, Live TV, Skype, game DVR, OneGuide and more”, reads the official blurb.

They first demonstrate how easily the Xbox One Kinect recognises both of them as they enter the room, logging them in to their separate Xbox accounts. You’ll be able to customise the colour of your homescreen and the tiles around the currently playing content are specific to your Xbox One habits.

To the left of the main screen are your Pins section, which features all the content you’ve selected to put there from Netflix and Skype to movies and games. Your personal choices are stored in the Cloud, so it can be transferred onto any Xbox One you happen to be playing on.

Mehdi and Whitten also show off the Instant Switching functionality of the Xbox One, using Kinect or the controller to quick move between the various content on your next-gen console.

Game and other software notifications will appear whatever you’re doing on the Xbox One, even when you’re watching TV.

Skype with the Xbox One Kinect also gets a showcase, with the 1080p HD video capture and software controlled widescreen and body tracking.

Whitten also demos the Xbox One game DVR and the Upload Studio. Using the latter, you can edit your captured game clips, add narration, skins and other customisation options.

The Xbox guys also remind you that Xbox One GamerPics are now Full 1080p HD resolution and there are new achievement types to unlock too.

Mehdi finishes the demo by showing off the One Guide – a new TV guide that integrates your TV content into the Xbox One UI with voice control options as well. You can also add your own channels and apps to the One Guide to create a personalised TV experience.

Read more: Is the Xbox One Kinect a game changer?


November 8, 2013, 1:43 pm

"The Xbox guys also remind you that Xbox One GamerPics are now Full
1080p HD resolution and there are new achievement types to unlock too."

Shame their games aren't 1080p too.

I wonder if the NSA will have a partnership deal with Microsoft to monitor people in their homes?


November 8, 2013, 10:24 pm

Except that plenty are: Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Zoo Tycoon, NBA 2K14, NBA Live, FIFA 14 (maybe Madden 25 too, I'm 100% sure though), Need for Speed: Rivals, Crimson Dragon just for starters that come to mind. Yes, the NWO are evil but they're already monitoring your online activity including your webcam as well as your mobile phone (and landline too I think) so singling out 1 device is pretty stupid. Do you plan on holding your anti-NWO meetings during gaming sessions or something?


November 9, 2013, 3:22 pm

Another typical lame comment from A typical Sony fanboy. This video is amazing, I'm happy to see the UI work so well. I'm sold!


November 9, 2013, 4:02 pm

The 2 comments were tongue-in-cheek. Sorry you missed that fact and felt the need to go on the offensive. I mean, what evidence do you have that I'm a 'Sony' fanboy? None whatsoever as there is none.

Not everyone even wants a PlayStation or Xbox you know. A lot of people don't even play video games. Some people read for instance.

'Reading' is a good hobby to have as it helps to stimulate a mature and intellectual conversation when two random strangers meet online and remark on a given topic. You learn to carefully consider what's being said and the different ways meaning can be construed so you can more ably and better contribute to the discussion at hand in a grown up (and productive) fashion. You might like to try it sometime.


November 9, 2013, 4:10 pm

Actually, I am well aware the majority of new Xbox One game releases are actually at 1080p.

Like the first comment, you missed the sarcasm and humour. Presumably you are aware of the context of the comment made about the NSA in current affairs? It wasn't meant to be a literal comment but sometimes that can seem so if you do not stop to consider your own position and awareness of the situation before responding. It helps to get the facts straight before typing.

It's you who has gone way overboard in your response to an innocent jibe. Again, a very defensive comment for you to make. I guess you are so fed up with people attacking the new gaming device from Microsoft but please don't assume everyone who makes a negative remark is as passionate as you are or seemingly cares so much about brand loyalty. I'm sure both the PS4 and Xbox One will both be good machines in their own rights in time. They're pretty similar afterall. Sigh...


November 9, 2013, 5:32 pm

I mistook you for one of those types who are posting negative comments on anything to do with Xbox One and I over-reacted because of that so I give you my apologies. I appreciate that people make their own choices and are free to express their own views on any subject. Xbox has been getting a battering lately (rightly so in some instances) but I felt that this was a real positive for the console and was sad to see that positivity negated. Never mind though! Apologies again for any offence caused.


November 10, 2013, 2:37 am

No problem at all. Glad you didn't take offense at my own, slightly more than it should have been, somewhat narky reply. Most of the time you just get people who kind of 'hit and run' in the comments section so you sometimes feel they're not even going to read your response so why bother?

For the record, I was a lot more positive than many of my gaming mates about the Xbox One and the direction it was going in. I really appreciate Microsoft's innovation, like the IllumiRoom for instance: http://youtu.be/qv9SdMeSEAM

That said, MS have come in for heavy criticism in the UK at least for their glaringly US-biased entertainment focus which came across really heavily, didn't it?

Well. Hope people enjoy the new Xbox as much as they do Sony's PS4. It's about time they updated these systems and it'll be nice to see them when their mature and when there's some decent (well developed/optimised) games out.

Richard Symons

November 13, 2013, 8:44 pm

Well at least I dont have the threat ( yet ) of being prosecuted by sony who have now said they will be monitoring ALL information on the ps4 / psn for different purposes like advertising , but also prosecuting users who do things they dont like and also removing user content if they so wish.

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