Conversation Piece: When does a ‘family of devices’ have to distance from one of its own?

I give Xbox a lot of credit for referring to “a family of devices.” There’s the original Xbox One, the Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X. All of your games and accessories (yes, we all know about the cluster that is Kinect) work on all three, of course, with varying degrees of technical abilities.

If I am allowed to bring in some Zune expertise, this brings up an interesting question: At what point do we have to stop acknowledging the original Xbox One?

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Conversation Piece: The HDMI pass through doesn’t pass through much!

Ok, that sounds slightly like a click-bait headline. You’re ready to tell me that the HDMI pass through works fine, because you can plug any HDMI device into it, and use the OneGuide app to watch it.

Yes, you’re right, but I still have a gripe with it.

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How did we get here? Wait… Where is here?

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When the Xbox 360 released in 2005 our entertainment centers looked a lot different.  2005 may not sound that long ago, but the difference in available technology is surprising.  Screens were getting just good enough to start thinking about what was beyond DVDs, while VHS players were still being maintained. YouTube had it’s first video uploaded that year. Mobile gaming consisted of a snake eating an apple on the best selling mobile phone of all time, the Nokia 1110.

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Did you know your Xbox One has a developer mode?

It’s sometimes forgotten but your Xbox One, the same console sitting in your living room right now, can be turned into a developer machine through a dev mode app. Of course there’s a few things you need to do on your end, but this allows anyone who wants to develop apps for Xbox to do so without the added expense of a dev kit.

For more information, on this developer program, check out Microsoft Docs. If you have questions, this FAQ may be able to help.

#Tip: Utilize the Insects “game” to showcase 4k, HDR, and spatial audio, on your Xbox One S or One X.

Back in 2017, Xbox released an app called “Insects.” The purpose of the app was to showcase the differences between 4k imagery, HDR color, and spatial audio.

It’s an oft-forgotten app, that shouldn’t be forgotten.

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