Steve Jobs’ dream device, which he discussed at length with his biographer Walter Isaacson shortly before dying of cancer in 2011
, would have revolutionized home entertainment by incorporating multiple technologies, including cable, DVR, gaming systems, and a Blu-ray player.
The fantasy machine Jobs described appears to have been released earlier this week, not by the company he founded, but rather by Apple's longtime competitor, Microsoft.
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On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled its next-generation console: the Xbox One.
The new console allows users to switch between each technology seamlessly, from playing video games to watching television or films on Blu-ray discs to browsing the Internet, all without the use of remote control.
The new device switches from input to input through voice commands.
Xbox One's home screen closely resembles Windows 8's and features an array of apps, games, and other options. Users can give commands like "watch Fox News" or "Xbox game," or "Skype" and the device will immediately take users there.
"For the first time, you and your TV are going to have a relationship,” Microsoft's president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick quipped during the product's release Tuesday. "We’re going to the take the form from a one-way experience pushed through a straw to where you can communicate back and make it interactive."
Over the past eight years, Microsoft has sold more than 76 million Xbox 360s worldwide. Xbox 360 is Xbox One's predecessor.
"I think of Xbox as the accidental success out of Microsoft," James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, told the New York Times.
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McQuivey added that the connection Microsoft has made with current Xbox gamers is "much deeper than any relationship Microsoft has ever achieved before."
Additionally, Microsoft also has Xbox Live, subscription-based online service in which 48 million members play against each other remotely.
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