Microsoft have revealed their next generation gaming console named “Xbox One” at REDMOND, Washington on Tuesday. The Xbox one comes with a tagline “all in one home entertainment system”. The Xbox 360 has now: since many years become a family entertainer and Microsoft is all set to bring the legacy to its successor–the Xbox One. During the launch event, the new device was shown switching between watching live TV, listening to music and browsing the Internet, as well as simultaneously running apps through voice commands. The new console also recognizes gesture commands to be controlled by the hands, and comes with Skype video calling.
The power packed system delivers 8 times the graphic performance than its predecessor. It includes 8 gigs of ram, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive that processes 4k resolution, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless with Wi-Fi Direct. Now where is the GPU? Xbox one features a single 40 nanometer chip that contains both the CPU and GPU. But still, the Xbox one does not match up the sheer power derived by the gaming PC’s.
Xbox Live Vice President Marc Whitten said that the new Xbox One will not be backward compatible which means you will not be able to run your xbox 360 games in the new xbox, a feature that PS4 wouldn’t pack either. Microsoft’s UK marketing director Harvey Eagle relieved most gamers by confirming that the Xbox One doesn’t require a constant internet connection whereas PS4 requires an internet connection as soon as you switch it on.
Now for the most interesting part, during the Xbox reveal event, 15 new games have been confirmed for the Xbox one and out of which 8 are totally new franchises. Destiny, Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA Soccer 14, Madden 25, NBA live 14, Quantum Break, UFC and Forza Motorsport 5 have been confirmed for Xbox One.
The design of the console looks more like an old school VCR and is not as much appealing as the controller. The controller is elegant but Microsoft could have done a lot better with the design of the console. On the back, the machine includes the power plug, HDMI in and out, two USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet port, Kinect Auxiliary port and an optical audio out.
The kinect this time comes with a 1080P camera that enlarges the area it senses by around 60 percent. The camera captures video at whooping 60 frames per second for applications like skype. This new kinect senses even the slightest movement of your hand or shoulder. Harvey Eagle also said that the Xbox one will not function without the kinect connected. The kinect is said to hold the mic and does the entire job for you. Step into your room; say “Xbox on” and it turns up your Xbox for you. You can switch between tasks at the blink of the eye. Bored of playing the same game? Say the word “music” and your Xbox plays the music for you. Want to watch television? Just say the word, and the xbox does the needful.
Microsoft will launch the Xbox one “later this year” all over the world at an unannounced price.