Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox One, which is the successor to the Xbox 360. The new console features advanced voice recognition capabilities it understands natural language and users can navigate the UI and turn on the console using voice. The console also connects with ones set-top box so that one can control one TV and console from one centralized point. The console comes with Skype and Internet Explorer. Also Read - Your Window PC can now run Android apps
As far as the hardware is concerned it includes the console, a new Kinect module and a controller that looks quite similar to the Xbox 360 controller. Its OS runs on the Windows kernel. Also Read - Windows 11 launched: Top 5 features of Windows 11 which makes it better than Windows 10
While the new controller looks quite similar to the previous model, Microsoft says that it has received more than 40 technical updates. The updates include an updated directional pad, thumb stick, integrated battery compartment, and an “ergonomic fit.Microsoft says that the new controller works in tandem with the new Kinect module and it works via Wi-Fi direct. The triggers in the controller can directly deliver feedback and
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As far as the internal specs are concerned, the Xbox One has a 8-Core CPU and GPU system-on-chip architecture, 8GB of RAM, and a custom 500GB Hard Drive. As mentioned above the OS is based on the Windows Kernal and it has USB 3.0 ports, a Blu-Ray drive and Wi-Fi, in addition to a new Kinect module that will be sold with every Xbox One SKU.
The new Kinect module has a new 1080 wide angle camera that can decipher ones heart beat. For the Kinect, Microsoft has added a ton of new gestures that allow players to navigate and close apps.
The Xbox One even features a Snap mode similar to Windows 8, which allows users to run multiple apps at the same time.
As far as the Live TV feature is concerned, Microsoft says that it needs an HDMI cable and a supported receiver box that will be also be dependent on the region.
The Xbox One will come preloaded with a new Skype video chat application. Users can also use Xbox Smart Glass to control the console via smartphones and tablets.
A new game DVR feature has been added that will allow users to capture their gameplay and share it via Xbox Live. Sony has implemented a similar feature on the PlayStation 4.
Earlier rumors had indicated a game streaming feature, Microsoft did not go that route. That said, there were update for Xbox Live. One new feature is called Smart Match which is a new matchmaking system. It integrates with the other entertainment features of the Xbox and caters content to a user till a match is available.
Microsoft also managed to roll in some big developers like EA Sports. EA Sports showcased FIFA 2014, UFC and NBA LIVE for the Xbox One. Microsoft also revealed that Forza Motorsport 5 will be a launch title. Microsoft also said that it will announced 15 exclusive game titles this year of which 8 will be new franchises.
Apart from this, Activision showcased Call of Duty: Ghosts and revealed all downloadable the online content will remain exclusive to the Xbox One for a limited period.Remedy Studios of Alan Wake and Max Payne fame showed off Quantum Break, which is a game that will mix up live-action with gameplay. But Microsoft reserved the best for last and announced a live action series based on Halo which will have legendary Hollywood director Steven Speilberg’s involvement.
Finally, Microsoft revealed that will release the Xbox One later this year, but stopped just short of revealing the price.