Xbox One's UI Demonstrated and it's Windows Tiling All the Way

By Gary Cutlack on at

This week's Gamescom gaming event is giving us lots more info on the software we'll be playing with on the new hardware that's arriving later this year, with Microsoft giving show visitors a complete look at its reworked Xbox dashboard and the new features it's sliding in.

Most usefully of all is the ability to have six separate accounts on the same machine, with the Kinect sensor supposedly able to differentiate between the voices of the users to automatically sign in the right player. That's actually rather sweet, as long as you're not one of the conspiracy nuts who believes this data will be instantly shovelled off to the US government.

Once signed in, users have a friend limit of 1,000, a huge increase from the Xbox 360's baffling 100 limit. You also see a list of your followers, Twitter style, which should encourage people to not be arseholes in order to build up a respectable follower base.

Also shown off at Gamescom is the Xbox One's game recording tools, which, if you say "Xbox record that" will render a buffer of the last 30 seconds of action and save it to the machine's hard drive. For more control while recording, an app can be clipped to the side of your game screen, letting you fiddle with more advanced editing features.

The IR-blaster feature has also been demonstrated, with gamers able to pair the machine with a TV or any compatible home cinema kit, then use it to adjust the volume via spoken commands. You're going to have to get used to talking to your games machine. [Pocket-Lint, Engadget via Techradar]