Given that its predecessor, the X Box 360, was released nearly eight years ago, it’s been a long time in the making. So has it been worth the wait?
In a word, absolutely. The new X Box One may look like an old school CD player, but within its unremarkable black casing lies the future of games consoles.
And the future is exciting. A far cry from games consoles of old, which required you to change inputs in order to use either TV or games console, the X Box One works in synergy with your existing entertainment system and integrates TV and internet applications, such as Skype, to the gaming experience. You can even have the TV screen take up two thirds of the screen.
Microsoft’s new Kinect is integral to the X Box One and you’ll get one with each new console. Everything is voice activated and you can even change TV channels with voice control. The new Kinect has been redesigned to be extremely accurate and can recognise individual users, work in the dark, and even pick up your heartbeat. It also uses gesture controls on the X Box home screen.
The new console also has increased social media capability and it will be even easier to share clips and hook up with other gamers.
In terms of hardware, it will feature an eight-core CPU, 8 gigs of RAM, a 500 gig HDD, a Blu-Ray Drive, 802.11 Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI and USB 3.0.
As for games, there’s a new improved EA game engine, EA Sports Live, which makes everything even more realistic. FIFA 14, Madden and UFC are all coming to the Xbox, and there are 15 new Microsoft games promised within the first year, including a Max Payne one and the new Call of Duty.
Microsoft didn’t disclose an exact release date or price point, but it will almost certainly be out later in the year.
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