A couple of weeks have passed since we last answered a few of the more commonly asked questions
about the Xbox One. Despite this, IGN
's weekly grilling of Microsoft's Corporate Vice President Marc Whitten continued unabated. Here are the latest burning topics.Using an Xbox One and Xbox 360 Simultaneously
Many gamers have been concerned about how their profile will work between the two consoles. While Microsoft had already confirmed that players would be able to use their gamertag back and forth between the consoles without any issues, Whitten confirmed that players would be able to sign on with the same gamertag "on both an Xbox 360 and an Xbox One console at the same time". However, gamertags can only be logged in to one Xbox One at any one time, just like gamertags can only be logged into one Xbox 360 at any one time currently.Reputation
Those of you who have less than desirable reputation scores on the Xbox 360 don't need to worry. The vast majority of players will start from afresh at a "Good" player level. However, players who have recently come to the attention of the Xbox LIVE enforcement team and have had an enforcement action taken against them will initially be set to a “Needs Work” level. These players will get a chance to prove that they can play games fairly and rise back to the "Good" player level. Nobody will be automatically placed into the lowest category: "Avoid Me". Once in that category, SmartMatch filtering will start affecting the multiplayer experience during matchmaking.Digital Downloads
At the moment, all XBLA games and all Indie games have demos or trials. On the Xbox One where games won't be categorised, not all games are going to have demos. This wasn't explained fully, which could mean that it is just the digital versions of retail titles that do not have demos, just like it is now. It could also mean that XBLA and Indie games are no longer required to provide demos. However, Whitten did state that Microsoft is "going to work on lots of ways to make it easy for you to find and try new games on the service". Just like players can play full titles while they are downloading, players will be able to play demos while they continue to download.
Pre-order bonuses and special editions are currently limited to retail copies of games. In the future, players will be able to digitally download special edition versions of the game and will also be able to get pre-order bonuses. More details of how this will work will be revealed at a later date. While 3D printing is making it possible to create many different objects from a digital blueprint, I still think that it's unlikely that someone will be able to download a replica Dubstep Gun or bobblehead.
There are also future plans to allow gamers to download content before it is released so that players can pre-load games ready for the release date. When the title is released, a simple unlock is all that will be needed for players to be able to play the game immediately.Voice Commands
The Xbox One will be able to understand which person is speaking in the room. Despite this, the console will not lock itself to solely follow the commands of the person who is currently playing. However, if you are the type of person whose friends or family are likely to find it fun to turn off your Xbox using voice commands while you are in the middle of a game then you don't need to panic. Whitten stated that "for actions that are potentially destructive we have a confirmation dialog, which will be the case for "Xbox Off"."
At launch, voice commands will not be supported in every region. Initially the availability had been restricted to just five regions - Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and United States - but this has since been removed from the official Xbox One fact sheet
. We'll be sure to bring you news of any developments.Maximum Number of Players
Up to six players can be logged on to the Xbox One simultaneously. Once holding a pad, Kinect will be able to use voice and face recognition to sign in that player's gamertag. In a somewhat odd decision, the Xbox One will allow up to eight wireless controllers to be assigned to the console simultaneously. This suggests that the final two pads will only be able to be used as guest accounts.External Storage
We finish this week's article with a bit of information from Major Nelson and his latest podcast
. Although Microsoft plans to support external storage in the future, the feature is unlikely to be there at launch:
The Xbox One will ship with a 500GB hard drive, all of them have that. The future plan is definitely to support external storage, much like we do on the Xbox 360. My understanding is that feature will not be there at launch because the team's working on some other things, but it's definitely on the list, I don't know when it'll come in though.
Players will need to use the USB 3.0 ports for external storage when the functionality finally arrives.