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Five Exciting New Features For Skype On Xbox One

…and how group video chat suddenly became not that important!…

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Skype on Xbox One is rather a large part of the functionality of its social features. Since every Xbox One will come with a Kinect capable of seeing and hearing you, there really is no reason you should be put off getting more Skype-wise for the next generation of Xbox.

Microsoft has run down the top 5 features they think you should know in the run up to launch on Novemeber 22nd 2013. Oh, remember how Skype was introduced on Xbox One at E3 this year – group video chat is no longer a part of Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions, but now a 6 month free trial as detailed below.

No. 5: Notifications

Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness.

No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan

With Kinect’s new wide view lens and auto zoom functionality, the days of crowding everyone around the computer are long gone. With Skype for Xbox One, you can fit the whole family comfortably and easily into the frame so no one gets left out. And with auto zoom, the Kinect camera instantly focuses on the callers in the frame and will pan and zoom automatically to make your video calling experience even better.

No. 3: Multitasking with Snap-Able Apps

Snap makes it easy to use two experiences side-by-side. With Snap-optimized apps working alongside Skype for Xbox One, you’ll be able to multitask while you’re on a call, so you can do things like check sports scores in with Internet Explorer or watch Star Trek Into Darkness (available to own now on Xbox Video) while video chatting with your friends.

No. 2: Video Quality

For all your one-on-one chats, Skype will deliver video quality that’s sharper than ever, with 1080p HD video calling1. This means you and the people you’re calling will be crystal clear, making your everyday moments even more memorable.

No. 1: Free Group Video Calling and 100 Worldwide Minutes!

Microsoft are offering Group Video Calling and up to 100 worldwide minutes per month for calls to mobiles and landlines in over 50 countries – free for six months with an Xbox Live Gold membership on Xbox One. Free Skype minutes mean you can order a pizza from the place down the street or chat with a friend around the world all from your Xbox One.

Via Skype Blog

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