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Microsoft exec: Future with Xbox One, PS4 is ‘more than just gaming at home’

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Microsoft’s Albert Penello, director of product planning for Xbox, said during the International Consumer Electronics Show this week that the outlook for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and potential future consoles lies in the ability for the next-gen consoles to do “more than just gaming at home,” according to a report today from GameSpot.

Talking during CES 2014 –– as transcribed by Xbox Wire –– Penello said it’s important that the PS4, Xbox One and other next-gen consoles allow for gamers to multitask, that video game consoles for the sake of playing video games is long dead.

“From a console perspective, the idea that a console is a single-purpose device is the past,” Penello said. “The future is a multi-tasking customer--a device that does more than just gaming at home.”

The comments follow Microsoft’s announcement earlier this week that they had sold through 3 million units of the Xbox One –– which they dub an “all-in-on” entertainment system –– through the end of 2013.

You can read that full Examiner report by clicking here.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft’s direct competitor Sony offered up two new subscription services for the PS4 –– one gaming centric and the other TV centric.

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