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Video: XBox One Next-Generation Console Unveiled by Microsoft


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65w ago - Following up on yesterday's rumors, Microsoft officially unveiled their XBox One next-generation console as part of [Register or Login to view links] today.

Below are all the XBox One reveal details, (via [Register or Login to view links] among various others with some XBox One Internal / Disassembly Teardown Pictures) as follows:

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 [Register or Login to view links] 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
  • 8-core CPU
  • 500GB HDD
  • Blu-ray drive
  • USB 3.0
  • 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.

New hardware

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.

Xbox Live

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.

Multiplayer gaming

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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tigereye's Avatar
#6 - tigereye - 65w ago
To be honest, between the DRM schemes and (in my personal opinion) completely useless TV related features, the PS4 is looking better already.
that true ... but those feature are good in USA not in EU it big fail for EU as we cannot watch HBO... etc..

gold membership is not a big deal for me or many others i love to pay for good service.. but most future as i already say cannot use in EU so it worthless. any way i am going to buy this and ps4 as i done that before to.. and enjoy it.. still not must happy with design but... let see

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#5 - jarvis - 65w ago
This system is a joke and there is zero chance of me owning one. It's been stated that this will effectively kill second hand games. It is nothing more than a transfer mechanism. And if game installs are mandatory, a puny 500 GB drive isn't going to hold that many games.

Although I'm sure you can purchase a hardware upgrade through MS only. No renting, no bringing a game over to a friends house, no having two consoles in the house (one for you and one for the kid) without purchasing that game more than once. No thank you. Also, always on internet requirement.

They claimed it wasn't, but the system needs to be able to check in at least once every 24 hours, so it really does have a requirement. You can keep this piece of junk, this is one future I won't be supporting.

At the rate we are going, the next generation of consoles will have retina scanners to even power the system on, and fingerprint readers on the controllers to make sure you don't hand it over to a friend to play if they haven't purchased it. Nice end run around the first sale doctrine also sleaze balls.

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#4 - SwordOfWar - 65w ago
To be honest, between the DRM schemes and (in my personal opinion) completely useless TV related features, the PS4 is looking better already.

We all know Microsoft loves to charge for everything, so it will be interesting to see how many of the features they are showing will require some type of paid subscription.

Hardware wise they are similar enough that I don't see one or the other having a noticeable advantage. The simple and well known architecture should allow third party games to look much closer to first party games.

I got to say this is the ugliest console I've ever seen though. It looks like a black DVR you might get with DirectTV or something. I just hope the PS4 has a bit more style than that.

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#3 - spcfury - 65w ago
I watched the broadcast and it does have a lot of cool features, but the biggest problem is that those features will require and Xbox live gold membership. Nothing is free when it comes to Microsoft. I have several Xbox 360s and I can't even watch YouTube videos without having a gold membership. It will be interesting to see how many of those features you'll be able to use without having to pay for a gold membership.

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#2 - wolfpack122 - 65w ago
The 8GB of RAM in the Xbox will be DDR3. The PS4 will have 8GB of GDDR5. That doesn't mean the PS4 will be better, both consoles are very close to each other spec wise.

In the end it will come down to the games, services and needs of the consumer.

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