Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One game console will feature incredible amount of features and capabilities in order to provide not only gaming, but also high-quality video entertainment. Apparently, Xbox One relies on two operating systems as well as a virtualization hypervisor that directs the work of both.
The Xbox One runs Xbox OS to run video games and provide other traditional functionality that Xbox consoles are known for. In addition, it runs heavily-modified Windows kernel in order to provide compatibility with applications, such as Skype. In addition, the new video game system from Microsoft will feature a virtualization hypervisor that will enable communications between the two OS.
The exact capabilities of the two operating systems are unknown. Therefore, it is impossible to say which OS will enable which features.
The usage of what is believed to be Windows NT 6.2 kernel (the core of Windows 8) will eventually allow Microsoft to install various applications already available in Windows on the Xbox One. Microsoft stressed that Xbox One will not be compatible with standard Windows apps, but Metro apps will be easily portable to the OS installed on the console. Therefore, it will be possible to expand functionality of Xbox One by adding new programs.
Microsoft Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Pricing of the new game consoles will be determined at a later date.