As rumoured earlier Microsoft has unveiled it’s next generation Xbox console with lot of power under the hood. Don Mattrick said,”all of your entertainment comes alive in one place.Design and build an all-in-one system to light up a new generation of games, TV and entertainment,in a way that’s simple, instant and complete.”
Next Generation Xbox Specifications :
- Customized 8-core AMD CPU
- DirectX 11.1 graphics-tailored GPU
- 32 MB high-bandwidth embedded ESRAM
- 8 GB DDR3 system memory
- 1080p and 4K video out support
- 7.1 surround support
- 720p, 250,000 pixel Kinect sensor
- 500 GB HD
- Blu-Ray/DVD drive
- HDMI 1.4 output and passthrough
- USB 3.0
- 802.11n gigabit Ethernet
- WiFi Direct connection to the Xbox controller and other devices (phones, tablets, etc.)
The new Xbox consists of three operating system in one to deliever the transition between application, live entertainment and games.
Xbox One Features Overview :
Voice Control :
Kinect is the part of the Xbox package which is empowering the voice control experience You can set all of your custom options and can dictate activities to Xbox One. If you want to change the activities then just call Xbox and say the command, the action from their side is quick just like you are switching the channels on cable-box.
Controller and Kinect :
The new controller looks like the one you know an dlove but has an integrated battery compartment (more like the PS Dual-Shock), as well as Wi-Fi Direct and a high precision D-Pad. The new trigger design is supposed to be much more powerful as well.
The new Kinect controller, now can capture 1080p videos and also being more accurate at many points to detect the activities from your side for better voice input and gesture. And yes, it can also recognise your heartbeat while you are exercising.
Game Saves :
New Xbox comes with a cloud based features that requires Xbox Live service to back up your media content, games and game saves to cloud to make portability easy.
As rumoured earlier Microsoft haven’t said anything about the always online feature or any offline work, moreover many features are now built in the cloud itself.
Any Questions Now ?
Today’s event was choreographed tease with small details for the industry watchers and gamers. Probably there will be expanded preview at the annual E3 video game trade in June. But right now there are many unanswered questions !
- Where and when the Xbox One will be released ?
- What will be the price of the console ?
- Are there any other versions available ?
- Which cable providers will enable live TV on new Xbox One ?
- Can you please make the way to play my old games ?
What about Sony ?
Since after the event I walked away with the disappointment. I, might be expecting something more. Where the other competitor Sony’s share price exploded right after the event. Today was all about the ultimate TV, non-gamer experience where in terms of console I was hoping for something unique which can drive me to the shop.Unless you are a die hard Xbox fan, I’d be surprised if you weren’t a little more excited about the PS4 than the Xbox One right now.So, short term disappointment and Sony getting a nice share price boost. We won’t know for sure who has truly impressed consumers and investors more until E3 is over.
Since Microsoft Emphasizes TV over Games, let’s see what happens at E3.