As evidenced by their Xbox One presentation, Microsoft wants to position their next-gen console not just as a gaming device but a one-stop source for any daily activity. To that end, “Microsoft MVP” Marques Lyons suggests the Xbox One could even be used by small businesses to improve their day-to-day operation.
Yes, we realize how absurd that sounds — selling the Xbox One as a device for small businesses — yet Lyons is willing to make the argument. In fact, he even suggests companies could write-off their Xbox One purchase as a business expense. You know, like a printer or a fax machine.
Perhaps Lyons greatest pitch in his post (since taken down) is that the Xbox One can instantly turn the “break room” into the “board room.” How exactly, he wouldn’t say, but Lyons believes that the app store could eventually include useful features for small businesses. Some of the apps Lyons cites as being beneficial to small businesses include Skype, SkyDrive, and (yes) Internet Explorer.
“What is being positioned as an excellent entertainment device can be just as enticing for you and your small business. In fact, it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense…the Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms.”
Since Lyons is not an actual employee of Microsoft, but is instead their off the books “MVP,” it’s hard to know how much Microsoft believes in the Xbox One’s appeal to small businesses. Yes, the Xbox One is capable of performing a lot of essential business procedures, but so is a computer.
Most gamers would argue, however, that Microsoft should be focusing first and foremost on “selling” the console to gamers. After all, it will be the gamers who spend $499 on the console and don’t use it as a tax write-off.
Some might even argue that Microsoft has been selling the console to anyone but gamers, as evidenced by a very TV-focused Xbox One presentation. Luckily, the company swooped in at E3 2013 to remind everyone that, yes, the Xbox One will have some worthwhile titles like Halo 5, Titanfall, and Forza Motorsport 5.
Microsoft even reversed its policy on DRM and used games, making the console friendlier for the user. Advertising will reportedly also be tailored to the user, which should be a step up from where we are at with the Xbox 360.
Selling the Xbox One console to small businesses is all well and good, but the hope is that it doesn’t result in turning a blind eye to gamers.
Do you think that the Xbox One could be a useful tool for small businesses? How do you use your console outside of gaming, movie watching?
The Xbox One is slated for a November 2013 release for $499.
Source: Microsoft (via Destructoid)