Xbox Reveal: Skype on Xbox One
Posted by Dave Letcavage
HD video calling from the comfort of your couch
During the unveiling ceremony for the Xbox One, Yusuf Mehdi today announced that Skype would be making its way to Microsoft’s upcoming home console. Much like the way fantasy-sports stats can be accessed in a sidebar without interrupting your current media – this was referred to as “snap mode” – Skype appeared to function similarly. To demonstrate how it works, Mehdi was watching a movie when he received a incoming video call from a friend via Skype that popped up on the right side of the television screen. To answer and discontinue the call he simply communicated verbally with the Kinect device all while leaving the movie running unaffected.
There were also brief mentions of Skype performing in widescreen HD, and being the only way to get group video calls on a television, but unfortunately there was no demonstration of either of those features.
So what do you think? Do those of you living miles away from your family see this as a major selling point?