Microsoft Reveals Xbox One, Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Console

Xbox One

On May 21st, Microsoft had a press conference where the company revealed the long-awaited next-generation home console: the Xbox One. But what do we know about this console? Since the presentation revealed many details about Microsoft’s Xbox One, I decided to feature all of them in this article as bullet points in the order they were announced.

  • Xbox One is the name of the new console.
  • Xbox One will make use of a Windows 8-like interface that will feature a home, trending, games, TV and movies, music and apps menus.
  • You can use this new console to watch live TV. I guess at this point it’s fair to say that if you don’t live in the United States, you won’t have access to this feature.
  • The new operating system allows switching from movies, to TV, to Internet Explorer, to a film and even use some gestures. You can even surf the net or use other programs while you’re watching a movie (if you’re interested in this feature please leave a comment and tell me why do you need that.) The ability of running more than one program/application at a time is called Snapmode.
  • You can also use Skype.
  • Watch ESPN on your Xbox and receive updates about fantasy players, league standings and highlights.
  • Xbox One Guide let’s you decide what to watch depending on your personal tastes or what your friends might be watching.
  • Here are some technical details about the system: the console has an 8-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, a 500 GB HDD, a Blu-Ray Drive and a new OS.
  • The new operating system is three operating systems in one. The first one allows you to run apps, the second one allows you to watch movies and use other programs and the third one is in charge of the instant switching functionality.
  • There’s a new Kinect which comes packed-in with each Xbox One system. The new Kinect features a 1080p camera that runs at 30 frames per second and an increased field of view.
  • There’s also a new controller, so say goodbye to the Xbox 360 one.
  • In terms of new features we have: smartglass support, editing and sharing tools and more achivements.
  • Sports: There will be a game called FIFA 14 and it will have a player called Lionel Messi on the over. Done. There will also be a new Madden, NBA Live and UFC. EA will be using a new graphics engine called Electronic Arts Ignite which is supposed to revolutionize sports (yeah, right.)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 is coming to Xbox One.
  • Quantum Break, a title developed by Remedy (Alan Wake, Max Payne) is coming to Xbox One.
  • There will be 15 exclusive games for Xbox One, 8 of which are new franchises.
  • There will be a new live-action series and Stephen Spielberg will be involved.
  • Microsoft will be partnering with the NFL so that you can watch American football via your Xbox One.
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming to the Xbox One and all of its DLC will launch exclusively on Microsoft’s new console. The game has a new graphics engine that’s so powerful that you can see arm’s hair and dogs.
  • Xbox One is launching later this year.

As you can see, Microsoft wants to integrate various devices in one, allowing users to listen to music, play games, watch films and call their friends all with the same console. Personally, I don’t want to say much about Xbox One until I see more games running on it. For now, I’m absolutely unimpressed by everything Microsoft has shown. We all knew we were going to play the latest FIFA and Call of Duty on it, so why show those obvious titles? Other features, such as the ability to watch TV will only be available in the US, so international users couldn’t care less about it. There weren’t any surprises and taking into account that this is a new generation of consoles, what better way to sell people on your new system than by doing something unexpected? Luckily, E3 is happening soon.