Like Sony did for the PlayStation 4 yesterday, Microsoft has announced the entertainment apps that will be available at launch for the Xbox One. First up, here are Marc Whitten and Yusuf Mehdi as they walk through a 12-minute demo of Xbox One, including instant switching, biometric sign-in, Live TV, Skype, game DVR, OneGuide and more.
And here is the full apps line-up announcement:
Offering more entertainment options has always been important to Xbox fans. For years, weve been working with leading entertainment brands and TV providers to offer our customers a wide variety of live and on-demand entertainment. Today we unveiled the complete Xbox One experience showcasing how Xbox One delivers the best games and multiplayer features, along with your favorite movies, music, sports and live TV experiences all in one place.
We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps, said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.
In addition to delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold, we are also bringing premium, voice and gesture controlled TV and entertainment apps specifically designed for your living room. These apps have been built from the ground up uniquely for Xbox One and are designed to harness the power of the all-in-one platform. For example, Xbox One is empowering partners to bring media achievements and exclusive Snap experiences, as well as many other things to entertainment apps, offering everybody the opportunity to achieve badges or rewards for the media they consume in addition to gaming.
Something truly unique were doing with Xbox One is bringing together your favorite TV channels and entertainment app channels into one screen. Xbox One is also the only games and entertainment system that enables HDMI pass through. You can create your own personal Favorites in OneGuide the Xbox One electronic program guide so you can quickly and easily choose what you want to watch, whether its a TV channel like CBS, NBC or ESPN, or something inside an app like Xbox Video, Hulu Plus or the NFL on Xbox One. You can even add your personal photos and videos from the SkyDrive app to your OneGuide Favorites.
Additionally, a Bing search for TV, movies, games, or music scans across all apps to find exactly what youre looking for, instead of having to hunt through each app individually. For the first time, you dont have to juggle multiple screens across cable TV, video streaming services and other entertainment apps to quickly find the entertainment youre looking for.
Today, were announcing the very first wave of some of the worlds biggest names in entertainment rolling out on Xbox One in the 13 launch markets between Nov. 22 at launch and spring 2014:
The list above* is just the first wave of third-party apps that are coming to Xbox One over the course of the next few months. We will continue to announce more apps coming to the platform and both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 entertainment app portfolios will continue to grow weekly.
In addition to the entertainment apps coming from partners, in every market Xbox One will also feature:
With games, multiplayer gaming, live TV and the best entertainment apps, Xbox One is the most complete entertainment system.
*Xbox LIVE Gold membership required