Microsoft’s Don Mattrick is on stage right now in Redmond. He’s just unveiled the Xbox One, a big black slab of a console that’s very shiny and very square. It’s quite pretty, in a utilitarian kind of way.
There’s a new Kinect, too, redesigned to match the console. Voice control is in, they’re pushing a connection with your whole living room ecosystem and assuaging fears over the dashboard by plonking your latest activity squarely in the middle of a redesigned dashboard. It’ll link to US cable subscriptions like Comcast and switch between that and your games, music and other media on the fly, to saved states within each application.
The new controller, while not a huge early focus, looks like a fairly substantial redesign, with a new cross-shaped D-pad (thankfully) and a slightly more angular look.
Yusuf Mehdi took to the stage to show multi-tasking, with Internet Explorer running in “Snap Mode” alongside a movie trailer. Skype is present, as expected, with a very brief but suitably cheesy call-in conversation before leading into showing off fantasy sports teams alongside ESPN. All the TV stuff comes with a snazzy guide, too, although it’s unclear just now how any of this stuff will work outside of the US.
We’re still waiting to see some games but the system itself looks pretty slick so far. Stick with TSA for more news as it breaks and our usual convenient round ups after the show is over.
Some hardware specs have just been touted, too:
- Wireless 802.11n
- 8GB RAM
- 500GB hard disk
- 8 core processor
- 5 billion transistors (I’m not sure why that matters?)
- Xbox Live accounts will carry over, naturally
- 300,000 Xbox Live servers for Xbox One
- Kinect Camera is full colour, 30fps at 1080p
- Kinect has Time of Flight tech to make it ultra-responsive