XBox One will enhance Skype and TV features with a Skype component, but will also also include specialized TV functionality with the guide being dubbed “Intelligent TV” and allow users to switch between shows and channels using voice recognition alongside swapping from playing games to TV. The XBox One will also power on when users say “XBox On” revealing the contents of the dashboard as well.
A Microsoft Support Tweet states the following: "No fee, correct - and they just got that information wrong. As soon as we saw, we contacted them to correct it. ^EM"
This confirms that although there are no charges for playing used games on the XBox One, currently it is unknown how used titles will run on the console. It is being reported that users will be able to pay a fee to install the game to their HDD from used discs though.
XBox One titles can be installed to users HDD's and once performed you will not need the original disc in the console in order to play the video game. It is currently being speculated that this is accomplished through pairing the game disc with a user's XBOx One console and XBox Live account.
Microsoft also confirmed that XBox One won't be able to play XBox 360 games due to differing architectures, however, it is currently being speculated that it may be possible through a pay service which will allow backwards compatibility.
Current XBox One Specs:
8GB of RAM
Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi
The new Kinect which is required to control this all-in-one box with your voice, like XBox On will power on the system and includes a 1080p camera.
The XBox One OS Windows 8 and Kinect for voice / control, with EA touting how XBox One will change your lives in watching TV, movies, and phone calls with the built-in Skype system.
Forza Motorsports 5 is slated to be a launch title, with cloud-based saves, weather, updates and connection with others alongside another 15 exclusive games from Microsoft including a preview of QuantumBreak.
XBox One is being promoted as the all-in-one entertainment system. Below is official unveil video for the XBox One, showcasing the console, the new Kinect sensor and the new XBox One controller, as well as the new experiences that will be coming with XBox One, including the personal homescreen, cinematic gaming, Live TV and Skype.
Beyond XBox One disc lock, there is also a HDD lock which means there will be no more upgrading beyond the 500GB hard drive included nor user servicable parts. It is presumed the similar to Microsoft's original XBox, the XBox One's HDD is locked to the system internally (non-removable) similar to TiVo set-top boxes taking over in your living room.
Users requiring more storage space will be able to obtain it using cloud services (for an additional fee) or via an external HDD using the USB 3.0 streaming capability.
Microsoft also revealed that the XBox One will officially arrive “later this year,” confirming that more details will be available at E3 2013 in Los Angeles next month.
Finally from Microsoft comes the official XBox One Fact Sheet: Xbox One Fact sheet - features announced May 2013
Introducing Xbox One
Xbox One is the all-in-one games and entertainment system for the living room of the 21st century. Xbox One puts you at the center of all your entertainment, giving you instant access to TV, games, music, movies, sports and Skype, all in one place, without switching TV inputs or waiting for slow updates or lengthy downloads. Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Features include the following:
Live TV. Navigate and watch live TV through Xbox One. All your entertainment is now available in one place and is easily accessible on one system. Always know when your friends are online and ready to play your favorite game, even when you’re watching TV. Gone are the days of switching inputs.
Snap. Use Snap to do two things at once. Talk to friends on Skype, and watch the big game together. Follow what people are saying about your favorite show by surfing the Web. Listen to the music of your choice while playing the latest blockbuster game. Jump back and forth instantly between experiences without a loss in performance.
Skype. Display full HD, 1080p Skype video calls specially designed for Xbox One and, for the first time ever, have group Skype calls on your TV.2 Split the TV screen to join a multiplayer battle while hosting a Skype video chat with friends and family.
Home. Wake up your Xbox instantly with the words “Xbox, on,” and you’re welcomed to a personalized Home screen with your favorite games, apps and content. Pin movies, music and more for instant access to the things you love the most, right where you want them.
OneGuide. Find TV and entertainment quickly with voice searches for names, networks or times, presented in an easy-to-use and tailored program guide. See what’s on your favorite channels and the content that’s available in your entertainment apps, and quickly find the latest action movie or when the big game starts.
Trending.Still can’t decide what to watch? See the entertainment that’s popular within the Xbox community or with your friends. Trending is a great way to stay on top of what’s hot in TV, games and entertainment and to stay connected with friends in new and social ways.
Xbox One was designed from the ground up to be the centerpiece of every living room with modern hardware, and it features the all-new Kinect, the new Xbox One Wireless Controller, a 500GB hard drive,3 an eight-core, x86 processor, wireless networking connectivity, HDMI, three super-speed USB 3.0 ports, and a high-speed Blu-ray™ disc player.
Features include the following: Xbox One console. Designed with the 21st century living room in mind, the Xbox One console features a premium design with a gloss black finish, horizontal orientation and a slot-loading Blu-ray disc player.
Updated wireless controller. Enhanced with more than 40 technical and design innovations, the new impulse triggers offer precise haptic fingertip feedback and a newly engineered D-pad delivers greater responsiveness and control.4 An infrared LED on the front of the controller allows Kinect to automatically recognize you, making it easier to pick up and play.
Redesigned Kinect. It includes a 1080p, HD camera that captures video at 30 frames per second. All- new, active-infrared capabilities increase precision, allowing it to work in nearly any lighting condition and expanding field of view to accommodate a greater variety of room sizes. Microsoft proprietary Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. The new noise-isolating multimicrophone array filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms.
Gaming on Xbox One
Gaming on Xbox One immerses you in bigger, more cinematic worlds that look and feel more lifelike, featuring more believable characters and richer stories. Game worlds come alive through the unlimited processing power of Xbox One and the cloud.
Features include the following: Smart Match. Estimates wait times for multiplayer gaming and lets you enjoy other Xbox One activities including live TV, Skype or sports experiences while waiting for a new game to begin. On Xbox One, your Xbox Live reputation fundamentally matters and helps you find the best match based on skill, game style and language for a deeper online multiplayer gaming challenge.
Expanded achievements. Allows for new achievements powered by the cloud and offers more ways to earn, more frequent updates and the ability to share wins with friends. An expanded achievements system captures videos of gameplay and continues to grow achievements over time, and Gamerscores carry over from Xbox 360.
Living Games. Leverages the power of the cloud so games can evolve and learn from actual players, letting you play against your friends’ shadow. Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and games stay in sync with what’s happening today — real-world events can be instantly added to games, and the latest stats can be automatically added to sports titles.
Game DVR. Captures and saves in-game highlights and epic moments to the cloud. Use editing and sharing tools to post game footage to your Xbox Live profile and social networks.
The new generation of Xbox Live is completely redesigned to harness virtually unlimited power to connect, save and store personalized profiles, games and entertainment so they can be accessed anytime and on any Xbox One console. Connecting to Xbox Live makes accessing content effortless by installing games in segments so that playback starts quickly and updates happen in the background.
Features include the following:
Xbox SmartGlass. Turn smartphones or tablets into second screens that intelligently interact with Xbox One and serve extended experiences for games, TV shows, movies, music, sports and apps. Navigate with touchscreens, pause or rewind a movie, or swipe, pinch and tap to surf the Web on the TV using more devices than ever before.
Enjoy a smart, quick and intuitive gaming experience in which multiplayer gaming has been enhanced to support playing with friends with no waiting in lobbies, and matchmaking features such as Smart Match and reputation let you architect your personal, favorite matches.
Apps. Discover and download a variety of Xbox One apps using simple voice searches. Pin favorites to the dashboard and jump in and out of apps instantly, or Snap them side by side to do two things at once.
Web for the TV. Explore the Web with Internet Explorer for Xbox One. Use Kinect and voice commands to browse your favorite sites with ease.2 Use Xbox SmartGlass to control your experiences with a swipe of your finger and send websites from tablets and smartphones to the biggest screen in the house.
Sports. Watch live games, highlights and replays in HD and with simple voice commands. Xbox One provides game-changing features with a personalized channel guide and the ability to dig deep on schedules, rosters and stats when making fantasy sports picks.
Xbox Live Gold. Existing Xbox Live Gold Membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly carry over to Xbox One, becoming more valuable than ever.
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Following up on their initial unveil and pricing speculation reports, today Microsoft officially confirmed that XBox One will launch this November at $499 alongside a new Halo coming next year!
Below are the details from Microsoft's Live E3 2013 Conference complete with a Halo 5 XBox One E3 trailer, to quote:
"Microsoft today told the world’s gamers when they’ll be able to get hold of the latest and greatest Xbox, and how much they’ll have to pay for the privilege: this November, and $499, respectively.
Though the Xbox One’s holiday-season launch timing is standard for new consoles, the price surprised many onlookers. Pundits including Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter had predicted a $399 debut, in line with the Xbox 360’s premium edition at its 2005 launch.
Microsoft also took the opportunity to dive further into the console’s innovative online features. The Xbox One’s DVR features go beyond just recording TV; it’ll automatically record key gameplay moments, and let you add commentary and titles before uploading them to social media or other sharing services. Live streaming of your games is also possible, thanks to the Xbox One’s integration with up-and-coming streaming TV service Twitch.
But the Xbox One’s software capabilities weren’t the main focus of Microsoft’s press conference. Instead, the company unveiled a veritable avalanche of in-development Xbox One games, ranging from a creative, kid-friendly riff on Sony’s LittleBigPlanet series to a violent and gory action game set on the battlefields of ancient Rome.
"We have more titles in development now than in any other time in Xbox history,” Microsoft Game Studios vice-president Phil Spencer said. Among the titles Microsoft demonstrated were new episodes in the Metal Gear, Battlefield, and Dead Rising series, together with versions of PC hits World of Tanks and Minecraft.
Although the Xbox One will launch without a Halo game, Master Chief fans won’t have too long to wait. 343 Studios’ Bonnie Ross introduced the next installment in the game, which will continue the “Reclaimer” story that began in Halo 4. It’ll be launched in 2014, Ross said.
The next game in the critically acclaimed Forza Motorsport series also made its debut. Turn 10 Studios’ Dan Greenawalt took the stage next to a polished and shiny Mclaren sports car to introduce Forza 5’s new “Drivatar” feature: a software simulator that’ll learn your personal driving style and can recreate it on demand.
“The next generation is about more than polygon count.” Forza’s creative director told the crowd. “While you’re at work or school, your Drivatar races against the world. And when you log in again, you earn credits for your Drivatar’s work.”
And Call of Duty? While this historical Xbox 360 powerhouse franchise wasn’t on show today, there was still plenty to make CoD fans smile. Respawn Entertainment, the studio formed after the mass exodus of Infinity Ward staff from publisher Activision in 2010, finally took the wraps off its first title, the spring-slated shooter Titanfall. Featuring giant robots, capture-the-flag style battles, and all the trademark explosive thrills of the Call of Duty series, it’s looking well placed to capitalize on the stagnating shooter market.
Even the venerable Xbox 360 - now, in its eighth year, older than many of its fans - came in for some love. A redesigned “smaller, sleeker, quieter” version of the console goes on sale today. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will enjoy a series of free game downloads over the next few months, beginning with Assassin’s Creed 2 and Halo 3 this month.
Microsoft also plans to remove two of the major irritations with the Xbox Live service: its 100-friend cap, and its “Microsoft Points” currency. In future Xbox Live members will be able to have as many friends as they like, and transactions on the Xbox’s online store will be made in real currency."
Finally, in related news (via kotaku.com/hacker-superdae-releases-1-7tb-trove-of-gaming-info-512262908) today hacker SuperDaE released a 1.7TB trove of gaming info with details as follows:
Next gen hacker SuperDaeE, who breached Sony, Microsoft, Epic, Valve, Blizzard and other gaming companies, just released a 1.7TB treasure trove FTP download. The files, however, are apparently encrypted. Previously, SuperDaE vowed he would release said files, which are believed to contain sensitive information about unreleased games, should he be arrested.
SuperDaE, whose real name is "Dylan" and who is an Australian citizen, announced earlier his plans on sister site Gizmodo. SuperDaE leaked loads of accurate new info to Kotaku about the then unnamed Xbox One and PS4 earlier this year. Earlier today when the FTP went life, SuperDaE tweeted, "Insurance up."
As Kotaku first mentioned last month, the "insurance file" supposedly contains material grabbed by SuperDaE's hacks into Gears of War and Unreal Engine developer Epic, World of Warcraft studio Blizzard, Sleeping Dogs dev house United Front Games and the now-shuttered publisher THQ, among others.
The FTP also apparently contains software development kits for the PS4, Xbox One and Wii U as well as possible old code for unreleased games such as Company of Heroes 2 and WWE 14. The Epic directory includes folders for Unreal Engine 4 and UE4 projects called Fortnite (an announced game), Kilo, Lima and Orion.
When asked via Twitter what the FTP contained, SuperDaE replied, "Enough files to change the video game industry for better."
The encrypted file is currently live on SuperDaE's site (noted by LevelSave and NeoGAF). SuperDaE's Web site (superdae.se) also has an Australian bank transfer number and a BitCoin link. Currently, it's unclear how the downloader gets the seemingly necessary key to open the file.
Recently, Kotaku reported that SuperDaE, a 17 year-old minor, was facing an array of eight legal charges, including "possession of cannabis and drug paraphernalia", "possession of a prohibited weapon", "possession of identification material with intent to commit an offence", and "possessing and copying an indecent or obscene article, possession of child exploitation material".
Last Kotaku heard SuperDaE was out on bail. When Kotaku asked SuperDaE what would trigger the "insurance" file's release, the Australian hacker replied, "My inability to access a computer."
Still not sure whether or not it deserves a buy. I started off on the 360, went to PS3, and now I own both consoles. With E3 tomorrow (in my case) I hope that Microsoft and Sony can clarify questions that many gamers have been asking.