Microsoft has posted an extensive, 12-minute video walkthrough of what it’s like to use the Xbox One, including showing off its Live TV, Skype, game DVR and biometric sign-in features, among others. It’s almost like you’re using it yourself, except it’s actually Xbox CMO Yusuf Mehdi and Xbox Corporate VP Marc Whitten providing you with the vicarious experience.
Bing and Skype both get cameos (the Skype tracking at around 6:20 is pretty cool), and you can see just how easy it is to switch between things like box scores, playing an Xbox game, chatting with friends and watching streaming content from Hulu Plus and Netflix. The easy switching alone looks like a decent reason to upgrade from previous generation devices, which almost always required quitting one thing entirely to start up another, rather than making it easy to pop between activities.
I still haven’t been swayed enough to lay down cash for a launch day console, of either the Xbox or the PlayStation variety, but I have to say, the more I see, the more I’m impressed.