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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.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Durango, Xbox One

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So XBOX ONE can run new windows apps. Then it is quite different from PS4. It will be like connecting a windows PC to your TV. Easier to setup but less flexible. Could be a good way to attract software developers to support windows apps.
0 0 [Posted by: gjcjan  | Date: 05/22/13 10:37:44 AM]
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One OS for Games, and One OS to milk the user's wallet completely dry, and a hidden VM HyperMonkeyBoy Hypervisor, with which to pull the user into a matrix like, final conflict, with the Final M$ BOSS, BeelzeBallm!
2 0 [Posted by: BigChiefRunAmok  | Date: 05/22/13 12:32:58 PM]
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If the o/s is anything like win 8 this will fail.
3 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/22/13 04:14:08 PM]
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This sounds like a potentially VERY BAD idea. It´s like begging for problems.
2 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 05/22/13 06:09:35 PM]
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xbox one is a social-multimedia HD set top box with sufficient gaming capabilities
PS4 is true gaming machine with lot of hidden social-multimedia capabilities
4 0 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 05/24/13 07:09:57 AM]
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