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Microsoft Reveals the Next Generation of Xbox: Xbox One

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 65 comments

All has been revealed, at last!

After years of rumors, Microsoft finally unveiled the newest Xbox at an event on the Redmond campus this afternoon. The console itself isn't called Durango or Xbox Infinity or 720. Instead, Microsoft has gone with 'Xbox One,' which signifies the all-in-one entertainment solution the new console offers users.

Aesthetically, the console is a pretty big departure from the current generation of Xbox 360. Instead of the sleek, almost hourglass curves of the Xbox 360, the Xbox One features harsh corners and a very box-like chassis. This aesthetic extends to the new version of Kinect, which will be included with every Xbox One that's sold.

 

Microsoft showed off the software first, highlighting the new dashboard and voice controlled actions. Xbox One is capable of switching from live TV, to gaming, to movies, to music and browsing with just voice commands. Not only that, but you can Snap secondary applications to the right-hand side of the screen while you're watching a movie. This means you can browse the web or watch movie trailers while watching a movie via Xbox Live. There's also a brand new TV Guide application (summoned with a 'Show me the guide' command).

The company also talked about games for the Xbox One, including a sneak peek of what we can expect from EA Sports on Xbox One as well as a trailer for Call of Duty: Ghost. Most notably, the company revealed that there are currently more Xbox-exclusive games in development than ever, and 15 of those titles will be released in the first year of Xbox One availability.

As far as hardware is concerned, Microsoft says the Xbox One packs 8GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, as well as a brand new version of the Kinect sensor. The company will likely talk more about hardware at E3 in a few weeks.

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    emdea22 , May 21, 2013 11:55 AM
    So...how do you guys like the VCR lol
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    dietrich1 , May 21, 2013 1:14 PM
    oh and guys.... 8 cores.... that means when they port the games to PC, all of cores should FINALLY be used. good news.
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    bull22 , May 21, 2013 12:03 PM
    A bit bulky but it could definitely blend in with the right entertainment center. Let's see how the price and GPU compares with the PS4 at E3 this year hopefully.
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    esrever , May 21, 2013 11:41 AM
    "Xbox go home."
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    takeonme81 , May 21, 2013 11:48 AM
    A pc is still better ;) 
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    takeonme81 , May 21, 2013 11:48 AM
    A pc is still better ;) 
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    XngXtuHl , May 21, 2013 11:48 AM
    "Xbox 1" lame name ever
    Why not "Xbox 720"?
    looks like VCR
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    vmem , May 21, 2013 11:49 AM
    hmm, sounds like ~$400-500 worth of material/labor, probably cost $800-1k...
    so do I get this or a gaming HTPC under my TV lol :p 
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    XngXtuHl , May 21, 2013 11:49 AM
    "Xbox 1" lame name ever
    Why not "Xbox 720"?
    looks like VCR
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    mobrocket , May 21, 2013 11:49 AM
    Cant wait to read the anti console / anti MSFT / anti xbox comments on Tom's
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    Shankovich , May 21, 2013 11:50 AM
    It kind of looks like my old DVD player. Funny they didn't reveal the GPU specs at all, or petaflops. Either they're hiding it from Sony or AMD has an NDA on them.
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    emdea22 , May 21, 2013 11:55 AM
    So...how do you guys like the VCR lol
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    ace5423 , May 21, 2013 11:56 AM
    The name sucks, it looks very too, and the hardware is the same as the PS4.
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    deftonian , May 21, 2013 11:57 AM
    Looks like an HTPC, I'm good with that. Blu-ray player is a nice added feature and is a win for sony as well for licensing. I think this is looking to be a promising console battle up ahead. I'm all for competition as it just means better things down the road. Personally, I play games on PC and probably wont buy these for the games, but when I have my family visit, it will sit nicely with all the nephews and nieces, I'll be getting both PS4 and Xbox One.
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    ace5423 , May 21, 2013 11:58 AM
    The name sucks, it looks very good, and the hardware is the same as the PS4. It's going to come down to software.
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    ronintexas , May 21, 2013 12:00 PM
    I wonder what the "live TV" will be....does it work like my XBox360 with Windows Media Center and digital tuners? Anticipation.....
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    Sakkura , May 21, 2013 12:02 PM
    Big middle finger to everyone outside the US. As usual for Microsoft.

    Xbox go home.
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    lpedraja2002 , May 21, 2013 12:03 PM
    Looks pretty ugly but still, I'm kind of excited for this new gen consoles. The more they use x86 for games the better for all of us in the end.
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    bull22 , May 21, 2013 12:03 PM
    A bit bulky but it could definitely blend in with the right entertainment center. Let's see how the price and GPU compares with the PS4 at E3 this year hopefully.
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    ace5423 , May 21, 2013 12:03 PM
    The name sucks, it looks very good, and the hardware is the same as the PS4. It's going to come down to software.
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    Benthon , May 21, 2013 12:06 PM
    Not going to lie... The name leaves a lot to be desired and could be confused with the first Xbox. The box itself just looks like a typical computer chassis. I was a fan of the black 360.
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    mobrocket , May 21, 2013 12:09 PM
    Cant wait to read the anti console / anti MSFT / anti xbox comments on Tom's
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    horrormaster , May 21, 2013 12:09 PM
    So basically I missed nothing? I don't care about all the multimedia stuff. I buy a console to play games, not watch TV, movies or anything else.
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