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Microsoft Reveals XBOX ONE

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm by Justin Cavender

Xbox One

Microsoft has unveiled Xbox One as their next-gen console launching later this year. The exact date and sale price have yet to be revealed, but Microsoft is likely saving those details for their conference at E3 in a few weeks. We did get a look at the actual console design, controller, and new Kinect sensor, which by the way, features some serious power that could bring Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor to his knees.

Specs, what’s in the box?

  • Blu-ray Drive
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 8 GB of System Memory
  • 8 Core CPU
  • 64-Bit Architecture
  • USB 3.0
  • Wi-Fi
  • HDMI in/out ports

Xbox One gives players the ability to run multiple apps simultaneously through Snap mode. During the demonstration we saw Xbox One stream live TV and allow the viewer to pull up player’s stats, fantasy league, and make a call using Skype. Additionally, Skype will be presented in HD and allow for group calls. Transition between apps was both seamless and impressive. There wasn’t a glimpse of lag visible to the naked eye as Xbox One transitioned from TV, to internet browsing, to gaming, and back to live TV.

SmartGlass is another key feature in the next step for interactive home entertainment. The App allows computers, tablets, and mobile devices to communicate with Xbox One, interacting with media such as games, TV shows, and sports entertainment.

The new Kinect plays a significant role with Xbox One. This device lets you instantly switch between playing games, watching live TV or movies, listen to music, and surf the web via voice commands. The Kinect features a 1080P camera with an increased field-of-view and microphone.

Xbox One Controller

Xbox One Controller

  • Integrated Battery Compartment
  • Impulse Triggers
  • Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack
  • Precision Directional Pad (YAY!)

Xbox Live will see an increase in servers to help power the ever expanding service from the current 15,000 servers, to a whopping 300,000. Content will be saved via cloud storage, and players can share their recorded game footage from the “dedicated DVR” with their friends. Those precious “in your face” moments can now be revisited over and over to your heart’s content.

Xbox One has certainly given us plenty to look forward to in the coming months. Near the end of the reveal, Microsoft announced they will launch 15 exclusive titles during the first year of its release. Eight of those games will be all new franchises.

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    • Scott Kielty

      This thing looks cool, and I’ll probably get one at some point, but I’m not 100% sold. I like the Kinect is built in, and features seem cool but I’m not liking the used game aspect. I wonder when companies are going to start making their products for their consumers and not for themselves so they can make more money. Stupid question – probably never.

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