The Xbox One can support a variety of third party apps which use the console and touch screen to make sure your point of entry into the world is complete. You can so everything from watch videos from Redbox to stream movies from Amazon, keep up with the MLB and check in with the latest innovations and philosophies presented by the experts hosted on TED talks.
The console is seeking to define your entertainment by creating a preset series of channels for you to choose from, you can go right to the Xbox One store from your controller to see what apps are available to you while you are in the world of the console. This makes for an overall better experience as you can play and talk with your people in the world through one device.
Most of the news that is going to be of interest to the demographics served by the console is well represented. You can access sports specialty news apps, national news and even some of the local news feeds so you are never out of touch with what is going on around you. You can also use custom settings on your news feeds to make sure that you get in game alerts for things that are important to you.
Go beyond just texting people on the Xbox One player network to access different social media platforms, or even make a Skype contact. Skype works fully on the system allowing you to message, talk and video chat with friends and family all over the world. The quality of the connection with both audio and video rivals some of the best mobile access devices around. The addition of Skype to Xbox One allows you to reach beyond a limited social network of members and connect with your world on your terms.
There are the usual suspects when it comes to integrating streaming content onto a game console – such as Hulu and Netflix, but Microsoft has struck deals with a surprising range of media hubs that give you more options than you would expect from a gaming system. You can view TED talks, download and watch from Amazon, sign up for Muzu.TV, view YouTube and more. You can direct access MLB.com and other sports channels as well. You can even get on to CW.
The console comes with a built in Internet browser that takes full advantage of the touch screen controller. While you can get on and browse easily, it is really maximized to support the kind of use that a gamer would want while playing. Which means that accessing forums and text based sites, as well as videos goes smoothly. This will let you consult gaming discussions and FAQs easily to improve your gaming skills. It isn’t a full-fledged browser in the sense that it will replace your laptop or tablet, but it does what it does well with a definite purpose driving it.