Following Microsoft’s reveal event yesterday we now have another next-gen console in the mix; introducing the Xbox One.
Microsoft’s next-gen console is said to be an “all-in-one experience”. Their conference highlighted and demonstrated the new support for live television, which essentially makes the Xbox One the complete entertainment hub for your lounge.
“What if a single device could provide all your entertainment,” asked Microsoft’s Senior Vice President Yusuf Mehdi. “What if it could turn on your TV and talk to all the devices in your living room?”
Using Kinect voice commands and gestures, he demonstrated how users can instantly switch between different applications. Simply calling the channel’s name will have the system switch, you can call on your favorites, know what’s trending, check out league standing, even turn the console on; all by simple voice commands.
An additional option of new ‘swipe’ and ‘grab/pan’ gestures gives more interaction at hand. Microsoft has done so that you never have to work your way out of applications again.
The core focus of the new interface is for multi-tasking. Users can open up applications on the side of the screen while maintaining their current activity. It’s dubbed as the ‘Snap Mode’.
Mehdi demonstrated this by receiving a Skype call, yes the Xbox One comes included with Skype that enables you to also do group video calls in HD. On receiving the call he simply gave a voice command and the call was stickied on to the side, while Mehdi himself continued watching a movie on the major part of the screen.
From the look of things and what Microsoft showcased, the console will work with cable providers but we’re unsure as to of which regions.
The conference then finally shifted to games and while the firm didn’t quite reveal as many games as we’d have liked, we’re just glad they showed off the console itself. The Xbox One seems a bit too bulky for comfort and comes with a redesigned controller, as well as an all-new Kinect.
As you’ve probably guessed by now, the console itself is heavily integrated with Kinect, thus having Microsoft bundle the two together. The Xbox One will ‘not’ function without being connected to the Kinect.
Microsoft has not revealed the full specifications to their system but we have the bulk of it.
- 8GB of RAM
- 8-core CPU
- 500GB HDD
- Blu-ray drive
- USB 3.0
- Built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi
A total of 15 exclusive titles were announced for the Xbox One in its first year of launch; eight of which will be all new franchises.