Xbox MVP: Use your Xbone for business

At first the Xbox was all about TV. Next, it became a dedicated surveillance system. Then it was a TV again. Now, and we doubt anyone expected this, Xbox MVP Marques Lyons has said it’s a perfectly reasonable business expense.

Writing on the Microsoft Small Business Support blog, Xbox MVP Marques Lyons said at $499, the Xbone is an “affordable option for small business owners” and that it’s “entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense”.

The reason? The Xbone has Skype, SkyDrive, Wi-Fi Direct, Internet Explorer, and Office Web Apps – much like, er, a PC.

Lyons talks up Skype on the Xbone because of the Kinect’s wide angle lens and 1080p resolution.

He says it’s “just as capable as a PC with an attached microphone and webcam – the difference is the open space to move, gesture, show examples, and see everyone more clearly”. Entrepreneurs could also “use the power of Internet Explorer” and the “size of your TV” to show off designs, for example.

There may well be business friendly apps down the road, depending on how people want to use the console, or if they buy one at all.

Lyons concludes: “With the processing power, snap mode, and connection to a large screen, that the Xbox One has, this device is capable of going from the ‘break room’ to the ‘board room'” – which you will risk being promptly laughed out of.