Microsoft’s Albert Penello Talks Browsing with Xbox One’s UI and Voice: “Fastest Navigation Out There”

on October 15, 2013 8:22 PM

Microsoft’s Director of Product Planning Albert Penello wrote about browsing the UI of the Xbox One and about the integration with voice commands, expressing great confidence in how fast it is in a series of posts on NeoGaf.

When a user mentioned that, with his PS3, all he has to do is to press down on the D-pad to start browsing his game library, while on the Xbox 360 he has to go through some hoops, Penello explained that this isn’t going to happen with the Xbox One.

“Xbox, go to Collection”

All your games are there. Alternatively,

“Xbox, go to Ryse” (or any other game or app you want to use)

Fastest navigation out there.

The same user answered that a press on the D-pad is still faster than talking, and Penello responded, mentioning the advantage of being able to call the collection or a game regardless on where you currently are in the UI.

You are assuming you’re always one click away.

What if I’m in an App? What if I’m in a game? What if I’m in the store?

He also gave a few more details on the fact that you can pin games on the UI, and that when you boot up the console the focus will be the last thing you were doing, which is quite convenient.

For gaming focus, asking for the game is the fastest.

You can also pin games just to the left.

Lastly – when you launch Focus is on the Main tile, which will be the last thing you were doing (even after startup).

What do you think of this kind of feature? Are you going to talk to your Xbox One, or you’re just going to stick with buttons?

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.