Will the Microsoft Xbox One Make an Apple Smart TV Irrelevant?

While a smart TV from Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) is probably one of the most anticipated new gadgets of all time, much of the functionality that you'd expect it to include are covered by the new Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Xbox One that was recently released. A careful review of the most likely features of the new Apple device -- hoped for, but not promised, this fall -- covers the bulk of those currently available from Microsoft. Even beyond function, the Xbox One has several intangibles that give it an edge.

In the video below, contributor Doug Ehrman discusses what some of these features are, and why Microsoft's new system should leave Cupertino worried that it has been left behind.

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  • Report this Comment On June 01, 2013, at 9:10 AM, cubbiesfan50 wrote:

    Did the laptop make the desktop obsolete?

  • Report this Comment On June 01, 2013, at 9:37 AM, gearsofwarking wrote:

    The Xbox ONE is already irrelevant

    Listen. The Xbox ONE needs a connection to internet to function. The Xbox ONE needs a connection to internet to function.

    I said it twice just in case anybody missed it. This is why the console will fail. Not every customer has or wishes to connect to the internet with their console. In fact, a very large percentage of people don't play games online.

    I have a 360 and I don't pay the xbox live subscription, I don't even connect it to the internet. Why? Because I don't feel like it.

  • Report this Comment On June 01, 2013, at 11:08 AM, Dvoraak wrote:

    I haven't been able to figure out who's anticipating Apple TV outside of bloggers and investors. I can't think of any truly expensive TV that's sold well. There will be a large noticeable difference between the public's adoption of iPhones and Apple TV without some contract desperate company willing to subsidize what is purely a luxury purchase.

    With a successful unveiling of Apple TV I've no doubt that aapl will benefit...... but I've also no doubt that an expensive offering will have lackluster sales and aapl will dip in short order, no matter the media hype. If the biggest egg in the basket is a dud we may see aapl down to 300.

  • Report this Comment On June 01, 2013, at 1:32 PM, arg00001 wrote:

    @geersofwanking - you are able to play games on the new Xbox One offline and without being connected to the interent and you do not need to subscribe to Xbox Gold.

    Yes, you do need to connect to the internet the FIRST time you load a game (the game is installed on your hard-drive and does not not require the disk to be in the xbox at any point after that).

    As the game plays from the hard-drive, each disk is linked to the Gamer Tag, so needs to be registered on-line, otherwise, the same game disk could be shared by dozens of people.

    Revisit your remark in 5 years, I bet your prediction that the console fails will be far from the truth....

  • Report this Comment On June 01, 2013, at 2:17 PM, arg00001 wrote:

    @geersofwanking - "Xbox One pre-orders a record-breaking hit for Blockbuster"

    Hardly seems like a console that's going to fail?

    If record breaking pre-orders are a sign that it's going to fail, I wonder what success would look like?

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