Xbox One has a ton of quirky features that day one purchasers will be able to mess around with. That includes the Snap feature, which lets users "Snap" a second application onto the side of a first and allowing both to run consecutively. This means music, activity feeds and various other secondary apps can run while playing a game or watching television. All it takes is a seductive whisper of, "Xbox, snap activity feed."
I've got to admit that this is extremely impressive. I can't even open Internet Explorer on my PC without everything else running crashing in a burst of fire and tears. I kid, I kid, of course. I don't use Internet Explorer. Still, it does seem like a handy feature for any number of reasons. Depending on what sorts of apps can be used with Snap, I'd say it'd be great if Sony could muster up a Snap alternative on the PS4.
In addition to a Snap demo video, Microsoft also released short video showing off some of the basic Xbox One setup and personalization options. As things get started, the Microsoft Marketing folk make sure to tell gamers they'll have the option of allowing the Kinect to remain on during all Xbox One use or not, "but look at this cool stuff it can do if you leave it on!" From there, they show how the Kinect can recognize people as they walk into the cameras sensor range.
From there, it shows how users can customize the various slides of the Xbox One, or at least one in particular. The "Pins" page is full of small boxes where users can pin down different games or apps that they often use. It actually... kind of looks like the Wii U menu. Oh dear.
The Xbox One launches on November 22, which is so close it actually hurts to think about. Get hyped, Xbox fans.