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Xbox One ends up in leaker’s hands; video shows off Dashboard and gameplay

It’s been a busy weekend for unintended leaks of upcoming Microsoft products. First we had Windows Phone GDR3 and Bittersweet Shimmer, that was followed by an alleged photo of Windows Phone 8.1 and now we have the Xbox One.

The Xbox One was revealed in all of its glory months ago and since then, we’ve had a steady stream of official news from Microsoft on the product. Because of that, we’re not too sure this video reveals anything new. But it is curious because unless this is some viral Microsoft marketing campaign (don’t put it past them), the Xbox One hardware has evidently ended up in non-official hands, making it ripe for teardowns and tours of the unfinished hardware and software.

The video, posted by ‘Jackson Carter’, is just over 2 minutes long and is narrated. The video begins with the new Xbox One controller and they we’re given a brief tour of the Xbox One console, before going to the Dashboard (you can even spy the Kinect 2 below the TV).

From there, we see some navigation of the Dashboard and gameplay or Ryse: Son of Rome Demo, before quickly toggling back to the Dashboard. What’s really cool of course is seeing the game still playing the cut scene while minimized in the Dashboard, showing off the multitasking power of the One. The software is reported as still being “buggy”.

Overall, an interesting addition the weekend.  

Source: YouTube; Thanks, Jason L. (Twitter), for the tip!

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Xbox One ends up in leaker’s hands; video shows off Dashboard and gameplay

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Such an unstable video. It almost seemed like he was hurrying to finish before Microsoft's army of trained ninjas broke into his house to stop him.

How did he even get it to run? I thought MS required a minimum a one time log-on to XBL servers. Hope he didn't use his real MS account.
... annnnd it's gone!"

I can see all the future updates to the dashboards, first wide tiles, then mini tiles, then double wide tiles, then background....old story bro.

I'm impressed. still wont have any more consoles, but impressed nonetheless. massive upgrade from the atrocious garbage on either current console that as far as I'm concerned would have felt more at home on 16 bit hardware

Have already seen this Dashboard on Gamescom 2013. I like it, but think it could be more like Win 8.1 - at least its the same ecosystem.

What a fool. He is obviously a Microsoft employee or partner and just to get credit on a "leak" he put his job or company at risk. Some people are so stupid

Highly doubt it's an MS employee since he outwardly stated Bing is garbage. I think MS employees either like Bing, or they don't publicly state their distaste of it because of their jobs

They don't leak information that they have signed an NDA for either if they care about their jobs. If he's not an MS employee or partner then he is the family member of one. In which case he just lost their job which is worse.

I never thought I'd say this but Bing has been getting better to the point it is returns reasonable results. As a dev Google always blew Bing away but there's not much in it today, even for the type of searches required to troubleshoot bugs and PC issues

well... he is probably just a son of a Microsoft employee, so imagine the trouble he could make just for this video? its the only possible way this was leaked... since its young (and stupid and probably dont understand why nda is so important), well I guess someone might get fired because this is a really huge thing, and I dont think Microsoft would accept it.

so it doesn't matter if he likes or not Bing (probably haven't used it), its obvious this guy will make someone get in trouble, older brother, father, uncle, friend.... boyfriend, whatever... and this leak is not a right thing to do.

I'm probably going for the PS4 because of the exclusives, specs and price but I was impressed by the multitasking capabilities of the One. Anyway, hope that black backgroud can be changed! I hate that we only have black or white on WP8, hope Microsoft isn't making the same mistake here! That black and green doesn't look good.

Nearly, but the PS4 uses most of its resources for games, while the One uses them for multitasking and basically for having 3 different OSs running at the same time.
Also, the PS4 uses GDDR5, while the One uses GDDR3. That can make a big difference, especially as this generation evolves and developers get more comfortable with both systems.

Sony also revealed that 3 of the 8 gigs of ram are dedicated to the OS. Everyone who has seen the systems seem to say these systems are the closest, spec wise, in amy generation.

can you talk more crap please?
 
1. lawl please please dont make up things gpu is not 50% faster, and cpu is not faster either (it was even overclocked)
2. faster ram? lol please dont tell me you think 3 its better than 5 only because you see it? lol please. gddr5 is NOT faster than ddr3 plus th 32mb ESRAM it will have... please you clearly dont know about this stuff.
do you at least know why PCs memory are ddr3 (moderm systems of course) and graphic cards are the ones that use Gddr5? I bet you dont. but there is a reason, and Gddr5 wont be any plus in PS4 and it will not make the console faster either. again. stop talking crap.

Please post a link where Sony has even posted the speed of their CPU. I've looked everywhere for it and can't find it anywhere.
 
The GPU is not 50% faster either. Another thing, RAW HW does not mean faster or better games either. There is the OS, Drivers, and game 3D rendering engine to take into account as well.. MS uses Direct X 11.2 in their implementation which is a well known and significantly optimized standard. What is the PS4 using? A proprietary standard that doesn't necessarily make it better. It is afterall their first time doing this for an essentially x86 processor.
 
As far as the RAM speed goes, while the GDR3 RAM is slower than GDR5 in terms of bus speed, It also has a much higher latency which will add lag time in loading and unloading blocks of data from memory as well as doing calculations. Its part of the reason the PC industry in general hasn't adopted it, and let's face it everyone knows that PC gaming gives a better experience than consoles right? Yeah...
 
So please... stop spreading FUD without taking the time to think about it or back it up with real data.

I love all the hate you're getting. As a fellow Microsoft fanboy, you're all ridiculous for bashing this guy/girl for having a different opinion than you; have some class. If it's not for him/her, that's his/her choice. I will, personally, be getting both. Enjoy the PS4. It's going to be good

Most of those "exclusives", Watchdogs is one that springs to mind, are also going to be available on Xbox One anyway. Specs look great on paper but that's all, real world performance is a totally different thing altogether. I actually like uniformity across the ecosystem and that "black and green" is used on Windows Phone as well as background and accent colours respectively.

I'm talking about exclusives made by Sony. They aren't going to be on the One. Games like The Order: 1886, Killzone: Shadow Fall, InFamous: Second Son, Drive Club, etc...
Yes, the specs look great on paper. PS3 also looked great, but developers said that in practice it was harder to develop for it. This time Sony corrected their mistakes. Developers are familiar with the consoles architecture. If the specs are great and developers are familiar with them, there are no reasons for not obtaining the best results on the PS4, especially when the console focus most of its resources on games and not on many OSs.
About the black and green, I know that those are the XBOX colours, I know that they are on WP8 too, but I don't like them. I think it would be nice to give users some options. I've been asking for more background colours on WP8 for a long time. My LUMIA 920 would have looked a lot better (before it was stolen)...

Yeah, but if (and I guess this already is happening) MS can get devs to develop their games to One, and then just port them to PS4 (like happens this gen with 360 and 3), they'll look identical/better on One. I think that AAA devs prefer, and have always preferred, Xbox, because MS focuses on devs more Sony, which focuses more on gamers. If xOne would've had those DRMs, all AAA dwvs would've preferred One and so developed their ganes to One and then just ported them to 4, which would've ended on multiplats looking better on One.. So it's definetely not going to be the same.
Edit: Also, doesn't PS4 use 3,5gb RAM for OS and One uses only 3GB?

I doubt Devs prefer XBOX. Just ask all the Indies, they've all been thrashing how MS shoves it up their you know what. They have publicly stated that Playstation is more open to their ideas both financially and in regards to differentiation. Microsoft just has paid a lot of money to have preference to the BIG triple AAA developers such as those GTA guys.

I find none of the Sony exclusives compelling. Now on the other side, Titanfall and Dead Rising 3, oh yeah!

I'm with you, and if recent history holds sway, Playstation exclusives are usually pretty "meh". I take Halo over Killzone, Forza over GT, or Gears if War over Infamous any day of the week. The only exclusive I find compelling is Uncharted.

Some Sony exclusives are good, Uncharted especially. The rest are ok, nothing special. However, I don't understand the positive point made of Sony giving more resources to games and not other things. Especially since it has come to light that the PS4 will have all the things that people were so incensed that Microsoft was focusing on.

I trust that Microsoft, as a software company, will be able to bring a more compelling solution of incorporating all of that into a system than Sony can.

If your going for specs buy a PC. Its what you do with the hardware that counts. Also, know one knows how both consoles will run beyond vague assumptions. PS4 uses 3.5 GBs of RAM for system resources- just as much or more than Microsoft is using. This is coupled with the fact that Microsoft has some of the best programmers in the world. You would assume they know how to make an efficient OS. Real world performance should be similar. Microsoft wouldn't make a console that wasn't competitive. No one except those that like bragging about numbers is going to notice the few differences between different versions of the same games. Exclusives wise- I haven't been impressed with Sony offerings.

don't have 2K+ for a great gaming computer but hey the $500 I dropped on my consile money well spent #XB1FTW

I did that weird side-by-side blind test of google vs Bing and ended up choosing Bing for 4 out of 5 searches. Pretty impressive.

Bet this guy is the son of some MS/Xbox employee, and got some video without Dad knowing, if its not viral marketing as was suggested...

That's pretty much it, so daddy may be losing his job soon as this is part of the contract they sign when signing up for the Beta program (to any software/ hardware). Poor daddy.

Agreed. I'm pretty sure this is a spoiled teen who doesn't care that he may get his mom or dad fired.

I heard they were giving away a few X ones at gamescom. Either way, the dudes name is on it and he shows his face. If he were an employee he must have already been fired and never signed an NDA. Which I highly doubt.

Rival products? Lol.. I have an xbox 360 and have had one since release, however I also have a tv receiver and Skype on my windows phone and windows 8 pc's.. As a gamer not a channel surfer the ps4 is the clear winner. Couple that with no 'always on' MS/NSA camera and cheaper subscription fees and more free games, yes, ps4 canes this digibox that plays games too. And by your comment you proved yourself a fanboy son. Oh.... Also, the specs don't lie, ps4 is superior in every way, all the Xbox has over it is the 'potential' for cloud gaming.

How would you know, both consoles are yet to be released. Real world performance is a totally different thing to on paper specs anyway.

because you say so? lol then it must be true! PS4 ftw /s
I love funny people like you with no functional brain over internet

I've never been able to understand the whole "Bing sucks" crowd. I've found that Bing provides largely the same search results as Google...what do they want out of a search engine? I just want someone to actually back up the idea that Bing is garbage - definitely willing to hear what they have to say.

I use Bing and im not in US and it works great, mr non-intelligent "rest of the world to america" stupid name person. :)

I keep giving Bing the benefit of the doubt, but here in Australia the results are terrible. Certain searched even bringing 0 results on Bing and google taking me to what I want. I would use Bing all the time if it gave me better results

I noticed the Notifications Tile as well, this might be an indication of how WP8.1 will deal with notification as well.

I hope the notification center on wp8 is on the left of the main screen, because I would hate notification tile :P. If we get and notification tile, I hope microsoft makes quick settings on the left screen ( wifi on-off, airplane mode, bringness...etc) 

Someone's going to get in trouble for posting this video, maybe even lose their job (or their parent's job). ;o

Looks good but as an Xbox fan I gotta say that's a bit underwhelming. I was hoping for something a little... more than that. More social or something. I dunno. More than just a grid of tiles. I'd like to see MS release a target video of the dashboard the way Sony did a couple months ago for the ps4, where the dude was playing Knack and messaging his bro and all that. I just hope it's gonna be a little more lively and informative than that, because that looked a bit blah and boring, to be honest. Still gonna get one ASAP though! :)

I was really hoping for some of the system settings to be shown. Other than that, it was great. How did this guy get hold of a XOne anyway?, surely how ever he did, leaking it on YouTube it a BAD idea.

I wanna say this was an obviously developer consul for the Xbox had some weirdstickers on it and was able to be connected to the net... I still feel like that dashboard isn't the final for it looks to desktop like, maybe a sort of developer only dash?

guys, search for "Xbox One Dashboard Leak" without the quotes and you will find the video in other places, including on Youtube and in 1080p. Not sure if I am allowed to post a link, though.