Here Is The Xbox One And Everything You Need To Know About Microsoft’s Revolutionary Home Entertainment System [VIDEO]

Well folks the time has finally come, Microsoft has just unveiled the next generation Xbox dubbed Xbox One, and YES it was worth the 7 year wait! Microsoft’s Xbox One is a radical improvement over the Xbox 360 and includes some really innovative features that we are going to discuss in this overview.

Hardware

First, let’s dive into the hardware. The Xbox One includes 8GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0 and 802.11n wireless. Surprisingly Microsoft stated that the Xbox One architecture has “three operating systems in one”: Xbox, a kernel of Windows (perhaps like Windows RT), and a multitasking interface.

Design

Xbox One Console

If you were expecting the design of the Xbox One to be something radical, think again. The Xbox One in its initial state actually looks like a piece of AV equipment. It is essentially a big glossy black box, but there is a reason why it is so big. The Xbox One isn’t just your typical gaming console; Microsoft has made it into something where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place.

Kinect

Xbox One Kinect

Now every Xbox One unit sold comes with a Kinect; therefore, you will no longer be able to purchase the Kinect separately, as it is part of the Xbox One experience. The Kinect has been re-designed with improved accuracy. It has a 1080p camera, Skype connectivity, and understanding of rotational movement in a structure like a skeleton. Microsoft even claims the new Kinect can read your heartbeat.

Home Entertainment System

With a simple command “Xbox on” the Xbox One (paired with Kinect) is intelligent to turn itself on thanks to passive listening, and bring you back to what you were doing last. The Xbox One will give you a more personal experience with your TV as well. Say “Xbox, watch TV” and it will instantly switch to a live television feed. That’s right live TV will be part of the Xbox One experience via HDMI-in.

Microsoft Xbox One

The amazing part of this is that you can switch from movies, TV, games, a browser or anything else, in lighting speed just by saying “Xbox, go to”, or even just “Go to movies”. Thanks to the Kinect you also get universal gestures such as grab-and-pan and swipe up; watching live TV will involve maximizing and minimizing the screen in a top corner.

Microsoft Xbox One Movies

One really neat feature is Windows 8′s snap mode that allows you to essentially multitask while you are watching a movie or television. You can, for example, watch a flick and browse the internet at the same time. Even Skype is available to be used in Snap mode.

Controller

Xbox One Controller

The iconic Xbox controller will be getting a re-design as well with a ton of new features, too, like the ability for designers to send feedback right into the triggers. It features an integrated battery, better ergonomics and much more.

SmartGlass

Among other things SmartGlass will be a center experience on the Xbox One and will work with a variety of tablets and smartphones. Baked-in Wi-Fi Direct on the Xbox One will allow Bluetooth-like direct communication between external devices, which could come in handy for other future peripherals, too.

Second Screens will become a major part of how you use Xbox One, but details were scarce as to how Microsoft plans to improve SmartGlass beyond its current state.

Misc

Among other things, Microsoft stated that the new Xbox Live promises 300,000 servers for Xbox One! This will allow for quick matchmaking while playing games and will result in a better overall experience for Xbox Live subscribers. Microsoft has discussed some cloud services on the Xbox One that seem promising: user-based cloud game saves, uploaded game recording, and even the potential for cloud-processing-enhanced games. How that will play out isn’t clear at present.

Games

Unfortunately fans will be disappointed to hear that the Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. There is of course a ton of upcoming games that will lure you into purchasing the Xbox One though. Take a look at some of the game trailers for Xbox One below that includes Quantum Break, Forza Motorsport 5, EA Sports IGNITE engine (sports games) and Call of Duty: Ghost Reveal.

Microsoft plans to announce more Xbox One news such as its pricing and availability at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo taking place June 11-13  at the Los Angeles Convention Center. All that Microsoft said today was that the Xbox One will be launching globally “later this year.”

For more information about the Xbox One you can visit the official website. Let us know what you think of the console in the comments section below.

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  • HidariMak

    I’m not sure about this. When the 360 launched, Microsoft allowed you to transfer your Live account from its first generation to the 360, but doing so would immediately cancel your using Live with the first Xbox. No backwards compatibility, and a similar handling of Live, would be a strong incentive to anyone who has a collection of 360 arcade and indie titles to not adapt to the new platform. Hopefully that’s not the case.

  • Alu Zeros

    Would be cool if it had a dvr feature on it.

  • SPS13

    Crap, PS4 has 1 TB (1000 GB) Hardrive and has a crazy rotations speed! This thing ain’t made for gaming. PS4 has the AMD RADEON ULTRA 4K GRAPHICS a 2nd processor for background downloads for quick downloading of games and DLCs. More features might be coming soon. This thing looks like a VCR Box!

  • SPS13

    It has such a ugly controller. It’s to fat and simple. PS4’s controller is slim and is matte painted! I’m warning you not to get this. This guy on YouTube has a 20 minute rant on why the Xbox is a waste of money and ain’t made for gaming. It’s the most popular video right now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ethyn-Resausk/100000561895299 Ethyn Resausk

    I’m a PC gamer, never have I really liked consoles…PC will always one up consoles in performance if you have the time and money to be made into them. The only thing that consoles have PC doesn’t is multiplayer in games like COD.