Someone in Microsoft’s Xbox One beta program thought it would be a good idea to video record the new console’s dashboard and a snippet of gameplay footage and share it on YouTube, despite the console not arriving in stores for another two months plus.
The original video clip that ran two-and-a-half minutes was deleted yesterday, no doubt after the beta user came under heat for his unwise decision. Before the video could be yanked, other YouTubers had copied it and now the video is spreading across YouTube like a virus. In other words, it’s out there and Microsoft won’t be able to stop it.
Frankly Microsoft shouldn’t want the video taken down. Though it’s crude and filmed with a jerky camera, the video shows the Xbox One beta dashboard running smoothly and seamlessly, with Windows 8-styled Metro tiles and a place for users to “pin” their most used applications.
This beta user had a copy of Ryse: Son of Rome on his Xbox One, and demonstrated that the game could be easily minimalized and the dashboard explored without any apparent effects on performance. Though the beta user claims the dashboard is “still pretty buggy” due to it being in beta, it’s looking pretty sharp and running smoothly so far.
Xbox One will be released in 13 territories on November 22, including North America, and costs $499.99 with the inclusive new Kinect camera.
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