Microsoft has finally unveiled the Xbox One, which comes nearly eight years after its predecessor was released. It took a long time, but the question is, was it worth the wait?
The Xbox One is touted as an “all-in-one” entertainment system for your living room. Aside from being a video game console, it’s also a television and entertainment platform, with emphasis on providing a rich television experience.
The Xbox One runs on a 8-core x86 CPU and comes with 8GB of system memor, plus a Blu-ray drive, 802.11n wireless with Wi-Fi direct, USB 3.0 and HDMI In and Out. Underneath, it is equipped with a new console architecture with three core subsystems: Xbox, Windows, and an integration and interaction layer.
The system will come packaged with a Kinect sensor that has a 1080p HD 30 FPS RGB camera, with upgraded microphone arrays and “Time of Flight” technology that can process up to 2GB of data per second.
The controller didn’t undergo any dramatic redesigns, although it now offers grippy edges on the thumbsticks and features more defined ergonomics. It also comes with a more responsive D-Pad and ‘Impulse’ triggers that are basically force-feedback for your trigger digits.
The system can also be controlled with Smartglass. It also comes with voice control features, and you can turn it on easily by simply saying “Xbox on.” When you feel like watching some TV, you can say “Xbox, watch TV.” As for the Xbox One’s television features, you can access a full TV guide through the system and flip through channels using the same voice control system.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed any specific information about the pricing or the release date for the Xbox One, although you can expect more details about it and its launch titles in a few weeks at E3.
VIA [ Technabob ]