Microsoft Unveils the Xbox One

Xbox One 1Following months of speculation, Microsoft has finally unveiled its next generation console….the Xbox One. Let the console wars begin…..again.

The Xbox One comes with a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of RAM, a Blu-ray drive, 64-bit architecture, Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0, and is said to be “nearly silent.” Xbox One was designed to be the most advanced gaming console ever, and the best entertainment console. Microsoft has created a bespoke gaming OS and fused it together with a powerful Windows OS allowing for easy multitasking functionality. Gamers can run a host of apps right alongside their game without any loss of performance. The 8-core x86 processor aids in allowing gamers to instantly switch between a game and entertainment apps with ease.

HDMI Pass through – Connect your cable or satellite box to your Xbox One and prepare for lift off. HDMI pass-thru enables you to watch TV through your Xbox, which makes switching inputs seem almost pre-historic.

Feature Xbox One
Optical Drive Blu-Ray/DVD
Game DVR Yes
CPU 8 Core Microsoft custom CPU
Storage 500 GB Hard Drive
Second Screen SmartGlass
Cloud Storage Yes
Mandatory Game Installs Yes
Required Internet Connection Yes
Used Game Fee Yes
Backwards Compatibility None
Cross Game Chat Skype
Motion Control Kinect 2
Voice Commands Yes
Subscription Service Xbox Live
Live Streaming TBA
Reputation Preservation Achievements will be ported
Web Connection Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi
BlueTooth Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
A/V Hookups HDMI input and output (4K support), Optical output

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Kinect 2.0

The new Kinect has a 1080p wide-angle camera, running at 30 frames-per-second in full color with a brand-new microphone array. A Kinect will be included with every system.


The new controller now has an integrated rechargeable¬† battery. The D-Pad has been adjusted so that buttons respond faster, while the overall shape has been altered to be more comfortably. The ‘start’ and ‘back’ buttons on the front of the controller have been replaced with new keys to handle app switching or trigger extra options.

The Xbox One is due to be released globally later this year.

Source: Microsoft, IGN, CVG

Reporter: Soulfinger

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