Microsofts newest console: Xbox One
Microsoft today announced their next console which will go through life as “Xbox One” and not as Xbox 720 or Durango as some rumours had you believe.
The “most important” features of the device are according to Microsoft that you can watch TV with it, that the Xbox One can be turned on just by saying “Xbox On”, you can adjust the Home (page) to your liking with your favorite games, TV shows and entertainment, that you can do two things simultaneously (play a multiplayer videogame while calling through Skype for instance) and that Skype is built in and you can even use it for group sessions. You’ll also be capable of seeing what is hot on Xbox One and the OneGuide allows you to search for stuff with voice commands.
Xbox Live is of course present but other than rumours suggested you won’t need to have a permanent internet connection. New functionality here is that games can be downloaded in pieces so you can start playing faster while the rest downloads in the background. You can also store your profile, games and entertainment in the cloud so you can access it from any Xbox One console.
A new Smart Match system needs to allow you to find people to play with a lot easier and faster, and the new Game DVR system automatically saves your best accomplishments in the cloud for you to share. Achievements will be expanded and improved, while they too get recorded for sharing with friends.
The hardware then: the heart is an 8-Core AMD chip that’s supposed to be 4 times quieter than that of the Xbox360, we get 8GB DDR RAM, a 500GB harddisk, a Blu-ray player, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 output, three seperate 802.11n radios, WiFi Direct, support for both 1080p and 4K resolution, 7.1 sound and Kinect with a 250.000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 720p webcam. The controller also reacts to the new Kinect sensor so you can combine movement with a joypad controller.
The system runs on three operating systems; a seperate Xbox One platform, a kernel of windows that allows for web access, and a third that makes the two others work together.
Bad news for those with a huge collection of Xbox360 games; Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten has confirmed in the meantime that there will not be backwards compatibility due to the totally new architecture on which the console runs. This also goes for Xbox Live Arcade.
Just about the biggest announcement next to the console itself was a Halo TV-show by Steven Spielberg, but also several games have been confirmed for Xbox One; Forza Motorsport 5, Quantum Break (by Remedy), Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Destiny (by Bungie), Thief (the reboot), Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.
Trailers of the presentation as well as games you can check out in our seperate overview post.