Microsoft unveils the Xbox One
Microsoft has shown their hand for the next console generation and it is called the Xbox One.
In a rather flamboyant show at Microsoft’s headquarters near Seattle Don Mattrick took to the stage to show their new black box and its Kinect-reliant interface based heavily on the existing Xbox 360 Dashboard.
At the heart of the new Xbox One is a 64-bit processor and 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0, Wi-Fi Direct and a Blu-Ray drive. It requires the new 1080p Kinect controller which is so accurate it can read the user’s heart rate while exercising as well as more refined skeletal modelling that can read even the flick of a wrist.
It also features in-built SmartGlass support and a brand new, ergonomically designed Xbox pad with no less than 40 innovations including new dynamic rumble feedback through triggers.
Microsoft has integrated TV, video and music services and gaming all together with the ability to switch instantly between them all at a gesture or with a new more conversational voice command.
The Xbox One’s operating system itself takes the best bits from the Xbox 360 Dashboard built around the kernel of Windows.
There’s also talk (albeit vague talk) cloud features based on the new Xbox Live infrastructure including 300,000 servers, twice the number that currently power Xbox Live. It will even include a cloud-based personal DVR for all users so they can record, edit and share their gaming triumphs with the rest of the world.
Finally, Microsoft confirmed that it would be releasing the Xbox One by the end of the year and have much more to reveal including the system’s key titles at E3 at the beginning of June.