Mandatory Kinect: Gone. Xbox Live Gold subscription requirement for streaming media apps: Gone. The Xbox One of today is officially no longer the Xbox One Microsoft intended, but that's a good thing for everyone.
Reports suggest Microsoft is about to stop making you pay a second time to access streaming content through your Xbox. Finally.
You can use it to tell when your controller is on or to aid the PlayStation Eye, but the real reason Sony put the light bar on the DualShock 4 was virtual reality.
Xbox chief Phil Spencer puts the kibosh on a dedicated portable Xbox console, instead implying that Windows Phone is the future.
Xbox Live Gold still keeps free online services like Skype and Explorer behind its pay wall. That can’t last.
But games will be subject to approval from local authorities, which means violent ones may not pass.
Web-connected Xboxes will be able to receive a live stream of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival, followed by an unscripted reality TV series about street soccer. And that Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series is coming soon, too.
Last year Don Mattrick's asserted that "If you're backwards compatible, you're really backwards." I guess Microsoft wants to be backwards now.
Microsoft made a splash on the very first day with impressive upgrades coming for Windows, Windows Phone and more.
Microsoft's second-screen technology receives an update to allow DVR compatibility and some minor game improvements.