Back at E3, Microsoft teased some big interface changes for the Xbox One, with a focus on speed. At Microsoft's Gamescom presentation, the ccompany announced it will bring the redesigned interface to the system in November. If it's anything like the E3 preview, Xbone owners everywhere (your author included) will rejoice.
During the event, Microsoft detailed some of the additional features coming to the console. The Xbone will act as a DVR for over-the-air TV broadcasts, and it will be able to stream recorded content to mobile devices. Cortana, Microsoft's digital assistant from Windows 10, is along for the ride, as well.
As we have lamented on The TR Podcast in the past, Microsoft continues to favor Xbox exclusives over Microsoft-ecosystem exclusives, leaving Windows out in the cold on most of its game announcements. Still, Killer Instinct Season 3 and Halo Wars 2 will both come to Windows 10, and Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is already available in beta form.
The Xbox One will also get a Chatpad peripheral. This mini-keyboard clips to the bottom of the Xbox One controller. Even a miniature keyboard like this could make browsing the Internet more viable for those of us who don't like shouting at the TV, or those who skipped the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft seems to want to turn the Xbox One into a kind of home theater PC with these updates. Considering that the company has ended support for Windows Media Center in Windows 10, and that popular media services are already discontinuing support for the older software, it seems the Xbox One will be picking up the slack. We just wish Microsoft would continue to embrace its entire ecosystem in the living room.