Xbox One perks are subscription onlyMicrosoft reveals more details about the Xbox One, YouTube's founders launch video app MixBit, and an '80s game gets hidden inside YouTube for Geek Week.
Who needs Xbox One when you have YouTube Missile Command? I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Microsoft published a video showing an unboxing of the Day One Edition of the Xbox One which doesn't come out for another 3 months. The video says the new Kinect will feature a 1080p camera, a 4-microphone array, and IR blasting functionality so you can use it to control your other electronic devices. The controller doesn't need batteries if you switch to wired mode. The headset can work on either ear and it has a bendable rotating boom mic. Chat quality has 3 times the sampling rate than it did on the Xbox 360. The mute and volume buttons are connected to the controller and Microsoft is including an HDMI cable in the box finally, but some people are not too pleased with how the Xbox One will require an Xbox Live subscription to access several of its new features. Microsoft always required Xbox Live to play online with others and to access apps like Netflix, but the new system also requires Live for recording and sharing gameplay footage, making Skype video calls using the One guide to recommend TV shows and for Smart Match which finds online opponents with similar skills. Xbox Live costs $60 a year and as a contrast the PlayStation 4 system will not require its $50 a year PlayStation Plus subscription to record clips of gameplay or access Netflix, but it will be required to play online with others. For those of you with Android phones, the new Google tool for tracking the location of your lost phone is now available. It's called Android Device Manager and you can find it on your Android device in the Google settings app. Here it gives you the option to wipe data from the phone remotely in case you can't get the phone back. Find your devices at Android.com/devicemanager. And here's a brand new app to keep your eye on. It's called MixBit. It's a video editing app from the creators of YouTube. The twist is that MixBit lets you stitch together clips of very short videos but they don't even have to be your videos. You can stitch many video clips together to make a video that's as long as 1 hour. It's free on iOS and coming to Android by the end of September. That's your Tech News Update, but before we go be sure to try out YouTube's new Easter egg trick. If you're watching CNET Update from YouTube on the Chrome browser, type in 1980 after the video begins to play and you'll activate a Missile Command game. It's part of YouTube's Geek Week, but please do try to not let my video get destroyed. I'm Bridget Carey. Good luck, soldier.