Microsoft has just announced the next-generation Xbox One at a press event on its Redmond campus, featuring voice-based commands such as “Xbox On” and new Kinect motion gestures, interactive TV and apps, Xbox Guide and much more. The console will launch around the world “later this year,” likely alongside the PlayStation 4. No mention of price.
The new Xbox One has a sleek design and brand new controller, with an 8-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, USB 3.0, HDMI in/out, Blu-ray drive and integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi. A new 1080p Kinect camera detects the slightest movement of your wrist and even your heartbeat, and can also be used for Skype video calls. The new Xbox uses native 64-bit architecture akin to Windows.
Xbox will store your content, including movies and gameplay saves, in the cloud. Xbox Live features more than 300,000 dedicated servers that are powered by cloud technologies. Users will be able to use a new integrated DVR feature to capture in-game moments. Xbox Live is currently available as both a free or paid subscription.
Electronics Arts is one of the first gaming partners with Microsoft for the Xbox One, and the studio is developing four games for the new console: FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live 14 and UFC. Each of the titles are coming this year. The physics shown off in the video demos for these games are absolutely phenomenal.
Microsoft also announced an Xbox One partnership with the National Football League, bringing exclusive football content to the console from the biggest sports league in the United States. Moreover, Activision was on stage to talk Call of Duty: Ghosts, showing off a new trailer of the upcoming game in the extremely popular Infinity Ward franchise.
As mentioned above, the Xbox One will be released worldwide later this year. Microsoft neglected to provide a more specific release date, but the fourth quarter would make sense alongside the PlayStation 4 and just prior to the holiday shopping season. Microsoft will be talking a lot more about the Xbox One — hopefully its price tag — at the E3 expo next month.