So I heard an Xfinity ad on the radio talking about their new "X1" interface. I assumed it was some sort of early roll out of XBox One features preparing subscribers for eventual console integration. Cool enough. Makes sense. But when I looked it up, it seems like this a totally separate system, using their own cable box, and offering many of the TV features that the XBox One claims to have.
"Smart" search with recommendations, voice controls through a universal app (iPhones!), "apps" that pop up while a show is still on screen, sports whatever stuff, oh... and DVR, which the XOne doesn't have.
Maybe it's just me, but this really seems like Comcast trying to push an alternative to watching TV through an XBox. I think we all assumed that Microsoft has been working with cable companies for the past few years to try and make themselves a viable alternative to cable boxes, and maybe even make some deals for a subscription payment plan including cable for the XBox One. But here's the biggest cable company in the US launching their own "Entertainment Operating System" just 6 months before the new console releases. And it's name is the same as the gizmo that's being sold as an alternative to it! Wha?!?!?
Seems like they're intentionally competing, or at least clearly not looking to integrate with the XBox.
Or maybe X1 will just gradually change to XOne in November?
Whadda you think?