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Microsoft Announced "Xbox One" - New Console, New Kinect, New Controller

So it's the first one, right?

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
  • Blu-ray
  • 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
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46 Comments
  1. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    i can’t see many of those interactive features making it outside the us.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:21.
    • cam the man
      Member
      Since: May 2009

      Just what I was thinking.
      Don’t like the look of the console either.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:22.
      • bunimomike
        Member
        Since: Jul 2009

        Like a black Sony PSX.

        Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 19:16.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        It reminded me of a flat PS3,to be honest.

        Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 19:19.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Yeah… I was surprised they didn’t mention any regions for the media stuff. They spent half of their unveiling on features that seem to be US only…
      They said they are saving the games for E3 but I feel like they had to push the release to this year because of Sony and that’s why they are behind on their first party game schedule. There was no mention of any release games, just the number of games that will release in the first year, which sounds fishy.
      All in all, I’m not impressed but I honestly didn’t expect anything else…

      Btw, Gamespot said the One won’t have backwards compatibility.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 19:18.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Also, apparently the One will not require a constant internet connection but Kotaku insinuates used games will be blocked? dun dun duuuun…

        Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 19:21.
  2. ico
    Member
    Since: Aug 2010

    Xbox One?!? Seriously?! No one predicted that name (with good reason, it’s pants). Look forward to further news though when TSA has had time to digest.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:22.
  3. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    The name is a bit misleading, and it’s not the nicest looking thing I’ve ever seen.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:25.
  4. cam the man
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Quickly brushed over the blu-ray drive, I wonder why!

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:27.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      from the looks of it, they want everything done online.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:28.
    • theturtleking
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      There’s a sony employee rubbing his hands together and laughing.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:31.
  5. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    half an hour in till we see the first games. o_O

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:30.
    • theturtleking
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      I can tell you them. Forza, Fable, Halo, Gears and an exclusivity deal with EA for bonus content.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:33.
  6. Jones81
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Half an hour in and it’s been nothing but a load of boring twaddle and the machine itself looks awful!. I’m calling it now- Microsoft have lost it

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:34.
  7. Jas-n
    Since: Aug 2008

    But is it GDDR5?

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:36.
    • beeje13
      Member
      Since: Jan 2010

      Just DDR3 apparently, with 3GB to do all the tricks with the OS and TV

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:39.
    • KeRaSh
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      They would have emphasized it, if it was GDDR5.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 19:11.
    • damoxuk
      Member
      Since: May 2011

      They could have gone to 16gb DDR3 as 8gb GDDR5 would be more expensive than even 32gb ddr3.

      Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 19:45.
  8. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    “how the games will look and play on Xbox One”.
    am i the only one who thought they wouldn’t be showing real time stuff after that?

    just something about the way it’s phrased set off alarm bells in my mind.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:38.
  9. deadwelsh
    Member
    Since: Jun 2009

    I like the look of the box, nice replacement for the DVr I get from virgin, exactly where I expected MS to be targeting tbh, the pay wall is the deal breaker for me

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:38.
  10. beeje13
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    VGleaks were right with the specs as they were with PS4. Just wonder about always-on now… Half of the console seems to depend on it, especially the new features and TV.

    Comment posted on 21/05/2013 at 18:41.

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