Xbox One OS Explained In Detail; Main Purpose Was To Serve Both Devs and Gamers, Says Microsoft

The Xbox One has one complex software solution in place. With about 3 operating systems running simultaneously, Microsoft has tried to create an OS that not only meets the demands of developers but also the gamers. Boyd Multerer, Director of Development of Xbox division, explains the concept behind this operating system in a latest interview.

Multerer explained that the Xbox One has actually three operating systems running in place. The Windows 8 kernal system, and a Xbox operating system, and lastly a third system that will act as a bridge between both of these operating systems.

Game developers need to know the hardware and as per Multerer, hardware requirements were always the most important for these developers.

“They want to know exactly how much RAM they can use, and exactly how much CPU, and exactly how the graphics are going to work, and that should never change,”

According to Multerer, Microsoft wanted to satisfy both, the developers and the gamers, when they were trying to create an operating system for the Xbox One.

“The needs of the gamer and the needs of the game developers are at direct odds, so how do you serve both at the same time? That’s the real reason why we did two separate operating systems. One is more static, aimed letting game developers ability to deliver the best games, and one is aimed at the gamer to give them an evolving, changing, updating console that will be able to support the next big social network that hasn’t even been invented yet.”

The end result is a product that not only works as required for the games, it also offers superb multi-tasking functionality, that is a necessity in this day and age.

Via (Microsoft)

What do you think of the operating system on the Xbox One? Let us know in the comments below.

  • asadachi

    Not a fan of this interface… it’s the same jumble of blocked mess as windows 8, and we all know how well that has worked out.

  • ilovegoogleglass

    Bring back the Xbox Guide, and you’re gold.

  • Benjamin Anson ツ

    I think the OS is superb, but not without it’s faults. Still if you compare the launch 360 to today, it’s a big difference. Can’t wait to see what’s coming in the future for Xbox One.

  • Corey

    It’s pretty good. Could use some enhancements here and there. A few glitches. But the overall design and such is pretty slick and I like it.

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    I’m guessing Windows 8 kernel is the static OS.

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      “Windows 8”?

  • Eagles83

    The operating systems work perfectly fine. That isn’t to say that it is perfect as they have a few missing things like disk space available and other things are just hard to find unless you know the voice command. Having said that the multitasking experience is much better than I have experienced on my PS4.

    • Andy Ortiz

      Love the OS as well would have liked to see what it could have been if they didn’t have to make a massive change of strategy after the fallout from E3. Which I think is the main reason for all the little problems.

    • cozomel

      The OS sucks, its junk!

      • Toomuchhypeforthis

        a joker how funny.

  • Ps4isbadstufflollol

    Right on, love the xb1

    • cozomel

      Good for you, but you got bad taste. So far the X1 is a overpriced and underperforming POS. 720p Titanfall, BF4, COD, KI and DR3 and 900p Ryse and AC4. WEAK!!!

      • Toomuchhypeforthis

        Good for you, an opinion that doesn’t matter to those who enjoy the console.

      • officer

        And How Much Is Sony Paying You