Xbox One – What’s new?
So, after years of waiting the Xbox One has finally been announced, just months after Sony’s PS4 announcement. Xbox One? I can hear you ask. Yes, not the Xbox 720 as previously expected.
For some reason, one of the first thing people want to know is, what does it look like? After all it will be next to your TV for a number of years so you had better get used to it.
I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about the design. The important things happen in the box and from Microsoft’s announcement I gathered the following specs:
- 8-core x86 CPU made by AMD, based on the “Jaguar” core
- 8GB of RAM with 32MB SRAM
- 500GB HDD
- Blu-ray drive
The key new feature is the addition of the blu-ray drive. This is a big change that Microsoft mentioned very briefly. This is, of course, the same technology Sony has used since the PlayStation 3.
I got the feeling that Microsoft was trying to make the Xbox One the one device that you need connected to your TV. They have made some important additions including watching live TV. Before you start jumping up and down the joy, they haven’t announced the countries this will be available in outside of the US.
The user interface was very briefly displayed which showed huge similarities to Windows 8. The announcement also showed that the Xbox One could be controlled via three different types of input. Firstly, the good old fashioned controller, secondly Kinect with gestures and finally voice.
The Xbox Kinect has been redesigned and is now even powerful enough to measure a player’s heartbeat. The camera now has 1080p video recording, which can be used with Skype video calling.
Similar to the next the PS4 announcement, Microsoft featured a number of game studios, allowing them to show off there latest work. This included EA and the recently announced Call of Duty Ghosts. A short demo was shown of how the next generation games engine will improve the look and feel of these games. For a more detailed look at these games you will need to wait until E3.
To conclude, Microsoft has appeared to go down the entertainment route while Sony tried to create a more social environment. Microsoft made extensive reference to sports including a new partnership the NFL. Off the top of my head, I can’t remember any mention of sporting games or features with the PS4.
Now that we have seen the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, let the battles commence. Leave a comment below with your views. Will you be getting an Xbox or PS4?