The Xbox one was revealed to the world last night at Microsoft’s next generation press conference. If you were unfortunate enough to miss the event and Plus XP’s live blog then here is a run down of what was announced.
- 8 Giga Bytes of RAM based on 64-bit architecture. It is yet to be confirmed at what speed the RAM runs at.
- Blu-Ray disc drive.
- USB 3.0.
- 500 Gigabyte Hard Drive, it has also been reported that the Hard drive will not be interchangeable.
- The Xbox one will co-habit 3 operating systems. One for “deep and instant access to hardware” another which seems to be a windows operating system and the third is a custom made operating system made for multi-tasking operations.
Xbox One Controller
- Overall the Xbox One controller looks a lot like its Xbox 360 predecessor, but according to developers it features more than 40 design ‘innovations’
- The Xbox One controller still remains battery powered like its predecessor, however the battery compartment will be fully integrated into the controller
- Both triggers will feature programmable feedback for developers. These triggers will also feature different types of feedback depending on what type of game you are playing
- Start and Back buttons have been replaced with what looks like an App-Switching button and a Menu button.
- The new D-Pad “creates precision for immersive gaming.” According to Microsoft it will register both sweeping and directional movements
- Both thumb sticks feature a slightly new shape and grip texture
- The controller features an infrared LED which allows Kinect 2.0 to automatically register you for easy pick up and play
Every Xbox One will come bundled with the new Kinect 2.0 sensor. The new Kinect features a 1080p wide-angle camera that will capture RGB video at 30 frames per second. It will also be able to recognize your wrists, shoulders, balance, weight transfer and will even be able to read your heart beat. The device also automatically recognizes
The Xbox LIVE service will be powered by 300,000 servers once Xbox One launches. The new Xbox LIVE will feature Skype and Trending features so you can stay better connected with your friends and the Xbox Community. There will also be an integrated Digital Video Recorder (DVR) meaning that players will be able to share gameplay videos. Save games, music and movies will be stored on the Xbox LIVE cloud and game developers will be able to access live servers in order to offer “living and persistent worlds”. If you are already an Xbox LIVE gold subscriber your subscription will work fully with the Xbox One, so you will not need to complete any extra steps when the system launches.
Xbox One Television integration:
The Xbox One will be fully integrated with live TV allowing to navigate TV listings and other features with Kinect 2.0. How is this done? Well you will be able to attach the Xbox One to your BT, Virgin, Sky, or Freeview box using a HDMI pass through cable. These cables will not come bundled with the console however, you will have to buy one separately.
Unfortunately for us here in the UK the TV integration features will be limited to the US only at launch.
Games and TV shows confirmed for the Xbox One:
Xbox One will feature exclusive premium TV shows as well as a host of new games. Microsoft stated that 15 exclusive game franchises will be coming to Xbox one, 8 of which will be brand new. Only a handful of games were announced at the event, but here is a list of confirmed games and TV shows coming to Xbox One.
- 4 new EA Sports titles will be coming to the Xbox One, one of which will be in the next 12 months. The titles confirmed are FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live and UFC with FIFA 14 getting exclusive ‘Ultimate Team’ content.
- Microsoft Studios confirmed that Forza Motorsport 5 will be coming to Xbox One at launch
- Max Payne and Alan Wake developer Remedy confirmed their new franchise ‘Quantum Break’ will be coming to Xbox One along with a with an integrated TV show which will mix TV show with video game
- 343 Industries confirmed they will be making a Halo TV show for the Xbox one with Stephen Spielberg
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts has been confirmed with Downloadable content
exclusive to the Xbox One for a limited time
That’s about it for the Xbox One for now, as usual much still remains to be seen. In the mean time what were your thoughts on Microsoft’s next generation console? Is the Xbox One a good contender for the next generation console war? Fell free to add your comments below.