Xbox One Announced – Initial Details Revealed

Xbox One Reveal

Microsoft finally pulled back the curtains on the next generation Xbox today, the Xbox One. Xbox One is set to launch later this year and we have all the preliminary information from today’s reveal. Being marketed as your “one” stop for all your entertainment needs, the Xbox One is being touted as the “all-in-one” machine that will give you live TV, games, web, music, and more.

Check out the video overview of the Xbox One:

 

Here’s some of what you need to know. Features:

  • TV on Xbox One. Navigate and watch live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box through your Xbox One. Microsoft is committed to bringing live TV through various solutions to all the markets where Xbox One will be available.
  • Home. Turn on your entertainment system with two powerful words, “Xbox On,” and a custom-tailored Home dashboard welcomes you with your favorite games, TV and entertainment.
  • Snap. Do two things at once on the biggest screen in your home. Use Snap to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching your favorite movie, talk with friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track your fantasy team on TV as you watch the big game and more.
  • Skype for Xbox One. Specially designed for Xbox One, talk with friends on your TV in stunning HD, or for the first time ever, hold group Skype calls on your TV.
  • Trending. Stay on top of what is hot on TV by discovering the entertainment that is popular among your friends, and see what is trending within the Xbox community.
  • OneGuide. Find your favorite entertainment easily, searching by network, name or time, all with the sound of your voice and presented in a tailored program guide.
  • Smart Match. A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people you want to play with while you are enjoying other activities — reputation fundamentally matters and helps find best matches.
  • Game DVR. A dedicated Game DVR captures and accesses your magic moments, all saved to the cloud. Along with sharing tools, you will have the most amazing bragging rights with Xbox Live.
  • Living Games. Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and advanced artificial intelligence can learn to play like you, so friends can play against your shadow.
  • Expanded achievements. A new and expanded achievements system captures video of your epic moments, continues to grow a game’s achievements over time and rewards you in new ways, and your Gamerscore carries over from Xbox 360.
  • Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox SmartGlass is natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.

Initial Specs:

  • 8 Core CPU
  • 8 GB System Memory
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Blu-Ray drive
  • 802.11 Wireless with WiFi Direct
  • HDMI in/out
  • USB 3.0

Some other details that you might want to take note of:

  • Xbox One is not backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games
  • Microsoft plans to charge a fee in order for gamers to play used games
  • The final word on this is unclear, but the press release says: Broadband Internet (ISP fees apply) and advanced TV hardware required.
  • Xbox Live Gold membership, paid subscription and other requirements still apply for some Xbox Live features.
  • Live TV with Kinect navigation, OneGuide, Trending and NFL on Xbox available in U.S. at launch; anticipating global scale over time. Advanced TV hardware required.
  • Kinect voice functionality only available in supported locales and languages; anticipating global scale over time.
  • Kinect will need to be plugged in to system in order for Xbox One to function
  • Xbox One system software uses a significant amount of storage; less internal storage will be available to users (500 GB HDD).

Here are some initial pics of the hardware:

 

Xbox One is set to launch this Holiday season.

 

 

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