Thursday, July 23, 2015

Windows 10 Changing How We Work on Gaming Consoles

Could the XBox One be our future personal computers?

I'm going to say no, but Matt Weinberger at Business Insider seems to think it'll happen sooner then we expect it. And it's all due in thanks to Windows 10. The updated operating system that seems to be already well received by many, though still not fully available, is considered a massive upgrade from the failures of Windows 7 and 8. The latter in particular centered around touch-screen PC's and was incredibly difficult to tweak to work with standard computers. The touch-screen phase did not catch on. People like to keep it on their phones and their phones alone. Not to mention the numerous amount of compatibility issues with programs, including other Microsoft products. I spent extra money on my laptop to ensure it was equipped with Windows 7. Over $150 extra. I didn't want my machine to have any knowledge of 8.

Windows 10 is a new start for Microsoft. Instead of rushing out a fix and releasing another half-ass OS, they took the time to listen to their consumers and try to craft something that would benefit the home user and the work environment.

What does this have to do with the XBox One? Part of what makes Windows 10 stand out is it's cross-platform communications. If your computer has the OS, and your phone, and your tablet, and your gaming device, they can all talk to each other so your content is always at your finger tips. You don't have to turn on everything to experience the stuff you own digitally. While other consoles like the PS3 have tried this, it was within limited capacity. Microsoft wants to make it so if you have an Excel file on your PC, you should be able to pull it up and work on it through your XBox.

And soon the XBox One will be able to support this. Eventually the systems will update to the new OS. There isn't a set timeline on this, but most people are predicting that it will be sometime late summer, or early fall. On Tuesday Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's XBox division, announced on Twitter that they were working on a keyboard and mouse for the console. Because using a controller to type anything is cumbersome and pointless.

It's a great idea to have the communication, but I don't believe the XBox One is going to be a revolutionary platform for computing. Not when some PC's and laptops are under $300 with the basic programs needed to provide content to the users. For businesses and users to seriously consider a gaming console as their new PC it would require an overhaul on marketing the product, and providing it for a price-point that is on the ball with cheap computers. Because remember, you're only getting the system with this. That doesn't include the TV or monitor, accessories, cables, or soon to be sold separately mouse and keyboard. The system would also need to have restriction functions for administrators to control on the network to prevent gaming or accessing content that could affect job performance. Employees can't spend their day surfing the internet and playing games. They need to be productive.

Having an XBox that you can't game on seems pointless. But maybe that's just me.

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