Microsoft has announced their next generation console, and it is Xbox One.

Microsoft has announced their next generation console, and it is XBOX ONE.

While no price point has yet been announced, the console is due to release “later this year.”

Here are some of the highlights of what we’ve learned so far:

Hardware:

  • 500 GB HDD
  • Blu-ray/DVD Combo drive
  • 8GB system memory
  • USB 3.0 ports
  • 8-core CPU
  • build-in WiFi
  • HDMI in/out ports

Xbox One - console

Controller:

  • integrated battery compartment
  • WiFi Direct
  • updated precision directional pad

Xbox One - controller

Updated Kinect Sensor:

  • to be paired with every Xbox One system
  • features 1080p HD RGB camera
  • 30 FPS color
  • microphones allow for voice commands to navigate the system
  • turn on system simply by saying, “Xbox On”

Xbox One - Kinect

Live Television:

  • allows for live television to be streamed through Xbox One
  • provides a local TV guide to find and access shows
  • channel switching can be voice activated, “Watch HBO”

Xbox One - TV guide

Skype Video Calls:

  • widescreen HD video calls through Skype
  • allows for group video calls

Snap Mode:

  • Allows multiple applications to run simultaneously
  • Snap panel allows for live fantasy sport updates while watching TV
  • Snap panel can display Skype video calls

Xbox One - snap mode

Trending area:

  • allows you to see what’s popular in the industry and among your friends
  • applies to gaming, TV, and on-demand video content

Xbox Live:

  • player content will be saved via cloud storage
  • video capture will play a role in earning and displaying achievements
  • Gamerscore points will carry over from Xbox 360
  • allows players to search for multiplayer matches while using other applications

Other items:

  • Backwards compatibility:
    • Xbox One does not support backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games or Xbox Live Arcade purchases. This is the result of running on an x86 processor architecture instead of the Xbox 360’s PowerPC.
  • The rumored “always on” internet connection:
    • From Microsoft: “It does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.”
  • Game Installs on HDD:
    • Microsoft told Wired: “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play.” This ties a game install to a player’s unique Xbox Live account.
    • Microsoft also told Wired: “If a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.”
  • Used games:
    • Microsoft has stated that they have a plan for dealing with used games, but at this time has made no announcement, saying that further details are forthcoming.

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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