Windows 8 apps confirmed to run on Xbox One, no word on second-screen controls

Windows 8 apps confirmed to run on Xbox One, no word on second-screen controls
Microsoft has been working hard to unify its various platforms and bring a proper set of converged functionality. The last piece of that puzzle is the Xbox One, which was never overtly branded with Microsoft tags, and never followed the Windows line, but is being pulled in with the new Xbox One. There are still a lot of questions surrounding that move though.

Microsoft teased that Windows 8 apps would work on the Xbox One, and has implied that at some point there will be cross-platform gaming between the Xbox One and Windows 8 machines. Nothing has ever been confirmed, but it looks like Dell might have accidentally confirmed that Windows 8 apps will indeed run on the Xbox One, at least "all your favorite Windows 8 apps" will run and sync to your Xbox One.

The question is in how those apps will be controlled. Using a gaming controller can be extremely annoying for TV app input, which is why Microsoft has been pushing its SmartGlass mobile app, so your tablet or phone can act as a second screen (and most importantly, a screen with a quality keyboard).

We assume there will be more Kinect input, but it would make sense for Microsoft to offer a way to control Windows 8 apps on the Xbox One with a phone or tablet. We'll have to wait on that info as it will likely come with the official Xbone release next month.

source: Dell via Neowin

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18 Comments

1. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Exactly what is "confirmed" ?

2. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Writing with Word while playing Halo? on the SAME screen??? Awweeesommmeee!! n im a ps4 fan.

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Word is a program, not a light app that can easily be ran by the XBOne.

12. Dastrix unregistered

Who knows what M$ got up its sleeve? Just like the Office on WP, maybe there we will have Office for XBOne.

11. Dastrix unregistered

LOL that's hilarious! Is that even possible?

3. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

"no word on second-screen controls" - "...its SmartGlass mobile app, so your tablet or phone can act as a second screen." As someone with an older xbox 360 and a windows 8 laptop, there's already second screen features available. I might be missing something, but what else is needed?

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

So its just a low end gaming computer? Going to laugh if this thing gets emulated in a few years.

5. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Its like telling a teacher/professor that your HW/Paper was so easy that I did it on my Xbox One while playing Halo. LOL

10. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Especially with voice input, lol. Heck, could use Kinect to play, voice input for paper, and be hands free save for taking the paper from the printer (students still have to print stuff, they just don't typically email them yet, right?

14. Dastrix unregistered

And then there's Cortana lol, helping you play and work like a bawsss.

6. adolert15

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Why I would use windows 8 apps on a game console?

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Gimmick features to get casuals to buy an xbone over a PS4.

13. Dastrix unregistered

A 'gimmick' feature that PS4 could only dream about...

18. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Yeah PS4 only have better hardware, better games and a 100$ less price...

15. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Question: aren't a lot of samsung phone features gimmicks? Dont they seem to sell heaps of devices? Dont people get that these gimmicks, which are FEATURES, enhance your use of the device and we should be pushing them more?

16. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

60 inch screen or same thing on a 5 inch? Hmmmm. I wonder.

8. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Newsflash to those others who only use consoles for games : we are the minority.

17. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Makes me really consider jumping on that 1520. Looking better every day.

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