Microsoft enters the ring for next generation video consoles on Friday when its Xbox One goes on sale, just a week after the launch of Sony’s Playstation 4.
While the console clash may at first glance seem of interest primarily to hard core gamers
willing to splash $500 on a game machine, the new devices, especially the Xbox, have much grander plans.
Coming with sophisticated voice and gesture recognition technologies and the ability to control your cable box, the Xbox is Microsoft’s biggest play yet to carve out a permanent foothold in the digital living room.
And with its biggest rivals, Apple and Google, still largely on the TV sidelines, the Xbox One may be a masterstroke for the ailing software giant from Seattle.