The sharp-angled, but not so sharp-looking, the new generation Xbox was unveiled yesterday. What are the specs and features?
Microsoft Xbox One
Many speculations and expectations were put to rest when Microsoft unveiled the New Generation Xbox console called Xbox One. Some specifications aren’t very clear and we’re hoping to find out more on upcoming E3 conference in mid June in Los Angeles.
Microsoft wants you to have a relationship with your TV. The new Xbox One is not just another upgraded gaming console. It is an All-in-One entertainment solution linking gaming, TV and entertainment.
TV is going to play a big role in Xbox One. Microsoft has Comcast as its partner in digital TV programme. Xbox One will spot your gestures when say minimizing the screen, swiping on to the next channel and so on. It will listen to your voice commands, like when you want to start Skyping, or buying stuff.
Xbox One ports
The hardware on includes an 8-core AMD processor and graphics with 8GB of RAM. The unnamed GPU is to be eight times faster than that of predecessor’s and muster 768 operations per cycle. There will be 500GB of standard hard drive, Blu-ray, HDMI ports and a USB 3.0 port. Most specifications of Xbox One are identical to Sony Playstation S4 ones showing that this year the gaming consoles will be about these two leaving the Nintendo Wii U in the dust.
There are at least two operating systems on Xbox One. There is Xbox OS and Windows OS with custom UI.
Xbox One Kinect (click)
The new Xbox One Kinect has been revamped, redesigned and improved. It listens, sees and responds to the user. The speed at which Kinect receives an information and responds to it has increased. It now takes 13-billionths of a second to get the info needed for processing. The throughput is 2GB of data per second. The new Kinect can track up to 6 figures (up from 2).
The 1080p camera handles 60 fps with a 60 percent wider angle than in Xbox 360. The time-of-flight technology enables quick responsiveness even in the low light conditions. Kinect recognizes not just your hands, but also your controller, which is much like PS4’s wand.
Xbox One controller
Much improved redesigned controller on Xbox One features programmable trigger buttons, so that you can choose whether you want to shoot or race. Buttons “start” and “back” are swapped with new menu button and an app-switching button. The battery is now well hidden in the new design, thus no longer getting in the way. D-pad has been improved and responsiveness as well.
Wi-Fi Direct will allow direct communication with other devices, like a tablet, or smartphone. SmartGlass is to be a major improvements on new Xbox One as it will enable other windows phone, iOS, or android devices to communicate with Xbox. SmartGlass will also allow users to use their gestures to navigate live TV and interact with sporting events via portable computers of various form factors. One example offered was picking up interrupted movie you watched on tablet on TV using the Xbox One. SmartGlass on Xbox One is to offer full second-screen support. SmartGlass will enable true multiplayer action and shared experience using various devices. SmartGlass is also well integrated with Skype, promising exclusive and unsurpassed NFL experience. SmartGlass app has seen over 10 million downloads and Microsoft is hoping for much more with Xbox one present.
Xbox Live is going to the cloud. Microsoft is promising over 300,000 servers to enable Matchmaking services while you’re multitasking. Cloud based games, games saves and recordings are discussed. Xbox One games however aren’t going to be backward compatible with Xbox 360.
Skype is now integrated in new Xbox One. Gamers can talk about their successes via Skype. Rumors of Xbox Live Gold subscribers’ discount have not been confirmed, nor has the price of the Xbox One console.
Xbox Music Room
Microsoft is working on exclusive and interactive TV content for Xbox and Kinect. One of the things to look forward to is user-driven TV shows. You and I will decide which way the story goes, or how to end the viewing of a live concert. The official Xbox Music Room, the Xbox TV streaming is kicking off next Wednesday May 29th at 8:30PM.
Spielberg has been said to work on new Halo TV series for Xbox One. The famed director will work in conjunction with Halo developer 343 Industries on new live action TV series called “Halo: The Television Series”.