I'm following the development of this generation's game consoles with interest, even though I made the decision not to buy any of them for a number of reasons.
Microsoft seems to have made a couple of bad decisions in the past in regards to the company's Xbox One console which will go on sale in select countries on November 22.
Some of them, like requiring an always on Internet connection or the used games policy, were changed after criticism intensified, and while there are still things that some users do not like, like
an always on Kinect that can scan the room, reception seems to have improved all in all.
When you compare the two systems, you will notice that there is not a lot that differentiates them. Sure, there are some exclusives for each system, Sony's hardware seems a bit more capable, and Microsoft has the Kinect experience, but that is about it, or is it?
If you open this Dell promotional page for the Xbox One, you will notice that it states that the console will run and sync Windows 8 apps.
Consider the game officially changed. With all your favorite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience.
While that is no official confirmation by Microsoft, it could add another ace to Microsoft's hand in the upcoming battle against Sony.
It is not clear how this will work, and how beneficial this will be to users of the Xbox One if true. Most apps that are currently available in Windows Store are designed primarily for touch, or mouse and keyboard input. While some of this may be resolved through Kinect, it is likely that the experience will highly fluctuate between great and barely working at all.
That does not mean that it is not helpful to Microsoft's cause. With syncing enabled, users can run their Facebook, Twitter or mail app on the Xbox to receive instant notifications when they are pinged on those services or receive new emails. There are also some games that will likely work well with the controller, considering that they allow the Xbox 360 controller to be used on Windows 8.
Is it a game changer? I would not call it that, but it is something that distinguishes the Xbox One from the Playstation 4. It is unlikely that many users will purchase the Xbox One because it can run and sync Windows 8 apps, but it may play a role in the decision making process of some.
Note that Microsoft has not confirmed this at this point in time. (via Neowin)