The Next Generation: Xbox One

Today Microsoft unveiled their next generation Xbox console, Xbox One. Aiming to be a one stop for home entertainment Xbox One will allow users to control television,  play games, watch movies and more!

Xbox One

Microsoft Corp.


Specs.

8GB of DDR3 RAM
500GB hard drive
50GB Blu-ray optical disc drive
USB 3.0
Kinect 1080p HD camera

Appearance
The simple black box design of the Xbox One will work well just about anywhere. The controller for Xbox One is a slimmed down version of the classic 360 controller. Visually not much has changed, but one of the most notable differences is the integrated battery pack. The Kinect has also been redesigned to fit the boxy feel of the new console.

Kinect
Kinect will be an integral part of  Xbox One, and will come with every console. One of Kinect’s newest features is it will use voice commands for powering on/off  along with navigating the system. Users will also be able to use Kinect for web chatting since Skype will be now be on Xbox.

Games
 EA’s Madden 25, FIFA 14, UFC, and NBA Live will all be coming to Xbox One and run on the  Ignite Engine. Some other titles to look forward to are Forza 5, Quantum Break, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Unfortunately, Xbox One is not backwards compatible so you will not be able to play Xbox or Xbox360 games on this console.

You do not need to have a constant internet connection to play games like it was rumored, but developers will have the option to make use of the cloud computing which would then require a connection. Also, game will have to be installed on the hard drive.

No word yet on Microsoft’s plan for used games, but when it is revealed I’ll be sure to update.

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