After E3, many can see Xbox One as a fantastic machine for gamers. We’ve made the case here that Xbox One is also ideal for various entertainment purposes (for instance Sling TV, Xbox Music, etc). There is actually another aspect of Xbox One that is quietly coming into form. When you look at the app store for Xbox One, amongst the TV channels, news apps, and music applications, you’ll find content available for learning. With Xbox One, you and your family have a chance to learn a new language (both foreign and programming), discover historical art, or even listen to some of the great minds discuss current events.
In essence, Xbox One is becoming a device for everyone and their interests.
When you browse the All Apps page for Xbox One there are some apps you should take particular note of. Using these apps, on the biggest screen in the house, allows you to expand your skill set when taking a break from fragging people or cutting a tight racing corner. A few apps that immediately stand out are (with their app descriptions):
Channel 9 – Xbox One application for the Channel 9 web site (accessible at http://channel9.msdn.com) provides a way to browse and view videos on a variety of developer and consumer topics.
Rosetta Stone – Discover Languages by Rosetta Stone immerses you in a virtual environment where you’re always at the center of the action. You’ll jet off to interesting locations and interact with a variety of characters and objects in your new language. As you continue exploring and engaging in conversation, you gain the skills and confidence to progress to the next level. In addition to real-world conversations, you get games, translations, and study modules to round out your learning experience. For Spanish and English learners.
Khan Academy – Our Xbox app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 5,000 videos. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on art history, civics, and finance. Find all you need to know to set up and use the Khan Academy app on your Xbox One console.
TED – TED is a nonprofit devoted to ideas worth spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment, and design.
On a personal level, I love the TED Talks. You should see the one about quadcopters that uses an original Kinect for one part of the demonstration. They also include not just talks, but music performances that showcase the beauty and grace of music. Khan Academy includes a section that discusses art at the Getty Museum (one of my personal favorite places to visit). You have a chance to go in-depth on some of the design and history.
Without any fanfare (and probably rightly so) Xbox One is expanding its own horizons, so we can expand ours. When you power on that console you now have a wealth of options available to you. You can challenge a friend to Madden or practice your Spanish (that you learned on Rosetta Stone) with them on Skype. You can help your kids with Algebra through Khan Academy or help yourself discover how to build the next great mobile app, with Channel 9. This type of content can only expand once the universal app store, and Windows 10, opens the floodgates for developers to create apps for the system.
The Xbox One is effectively showcasing its role in the new Microsoft mantra to “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”