About a third of the way through the latest “Call of Duty” video game, I realized that I just didn’t care. Me and my Xbox 360 have taken on the enemies of Western civilization every year since 2007; the thrill is gone.
It’s just as well that Microsoft Corp.’s new video game console, the Xbox One, has so much more to offer than the familiar simulated carnage. It’s meant to be an all-purpose living room media center, capable of delivering cable TV shows, Internet audio and video streams, and video conference calls via Microsoft’s Skype service. And instead of fussing with remote control buttons, the Xbox One tries to let you do all this with spoken commands and hand gestures. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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