In just a few days, Microsoft will officially enter the next-generation arena with the Xbox One. While the majority of the console’s focus will be on games, Microsoft will also use the console to push its own services, including Bing.
In a blog post today on the Bing blog, Stefan Weitz, Senior Director at Bing, details how Bing search will work on the Xbox One. In short, it’ll mostly work like it does on Windows 8, but with the added ability to voice search via Kinect. For example, you can tell Bing to look for a specific TV show or movie and it will instantly bring it up. You can also use Bing to search through various genres of film and TV shows.
As for games, Bing will help gamers find titles that they’re interested in. For instance, you can use Bing to look up a video game genre, like action-adventure. You can also use Bing to bring up a specific game’s page with the video below demonstrating how you can have Bing take you to the Forza Motorsport 5 page by simply saying, “I want to download Forza Motorsport 5.”
While Bing on the Xbox 360 never really amounted to much, it looks like Microsoft deeply incorporated the service into the Xbox One’s user interface. That’s only a good thing as Microsoft is able to use the Xbox One as a trojan horse of sorts to get Bing into more homes.
Of course, the big question now is whether or not Bing integration on the Xbox One will lead to more people using Bing on the Web. It will be interesting to find out if that becomes the case, but we may never find out if Microsoft decides to hire Stephen Elop as its new CEO.