Gaming in the Boardroom?
My son keeps asking me when we’ll have the new Xbox One – that’s what I get for telling him Ergo are Microsoft’s partner of the year again!
This got me reading the ubiquitous Xbox reviews and blogs - the most interesting was from Marques Lyons, Microsoft Xbox MVP on how the new Xbox One could be heading for our offices as well as our homes. While it might be a stretch to see staff multi-playing 'Call of Duty' in the boardroom, there’s no denying that its useful utilities could be employed in the work place!
Xbox One Features
Xbox One boasts a wide-angle 1080p Kinect camera, great for video conferencing. Internet Explorer will enable access to Office365 and SkyDrive files. With Skype built-in, it’s easy to see the consumerisation of IT as unified communications apps such as Lync and Skype can now interconnect, and Skype will soon be a fully Lync compatible client.
To achieve this multi-talented platform, the Xbox One actually uses three operating systems - the Xbox OS, which is a Windows kernel, and the second two operating systems are actually virtualised platforms dedicated to a consistent gaming platform, and an OS offering integrated functionality.
We won’t need to worry about mastering a gaming controller either as the Xbox One can be controlled from a Wi-Fi keyboard and mouse or voice commands and gestures via Kinect. The kernel OS I mentioned is a Windows 8 based OS which highlights Microsoft’s drive towards a uniform experience across console, tablet (Windows 8 RT), compute (Windows 8 Pro) and mobile devices (Windows Phone 8).
Will your office be buying one?