Big news, straight out of Redmond. The Xbox One is the new gaming console from Microsoft. Boasting an octa-core processor based on AMD’s Jaguar design and 8GB of RAM to go up against the Sony PlayStation 4, plus USB 3.0 ports, 500GB of hard drive storage, WiFi Direct, and 5 billion transistors for calculations — it’s a beast. 7.1 surround sound, 1080p and 4k video resolutions are supported, along with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray / DVD, HDMI 1.4 out and USB 3.0 ports.
Microsoft’s new 1080p HD Kinect is bundled with the new Xbox One, which now contains 250,000-pixels in an infrared depth sensor as well as a regular 720p web cam.
The controller itself has also been redesigned, with a completely new design, more responsiveness and comfort, with a design to match the edginess of the Xbox One’s own casing, which also is squared off, with fans that are now designed to be extremely quiet, despite the octa-core processor hammering away.
As for software, the Xbox One uses three operating systems, simultaneously the Xbox OS, what most users are accustomed to and that developers will use to code their games, a main system OS that allows for navigation between apps on the system, and a new version of Windows 8, designed as Windows for Xbox, which will technically turn the Xbox One into a full home entertainment system. Each OS can be updated independently, so that developers won’t have to worry about constantly getting their apps working on the next version.
On top of that, support for used games, and the ability to be used offline, without a constant internet connection rounds off the feature-set. However, to add to all that, Microsoft has included several other convenient features, like game recording and sharing in Xbox Live, a new cap of 1,000 friends, and Blu-Ray game discs only being used for initial installation; not for every time you want to play, and if accessed from another account, a fee must by paid.
Xbox On is the primary new feature of the Xbox One — instant switching from live TV to gaming; rather saying “Xbox On”, will turn on the console, so technically it is always listening. New games announced for the Xbox One include Call of Duty: Ghosts, Fifa 14, Forza Motorsport 5 and Madden NFL 25,
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