XBox One Announced and Will Be Released Later This Year; Specs Revealed; Will Include Next Generation Kinect

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Microsoft just wrapped their presentation for their next-generation console, XBox One.  The name comes from being an “All-in-One System” that will be at the center of your home entertainment system in a way that’s never been quite this intimate/creepy.  There was a lot of information during the presentation, but I took copious notes in between mocking the presentation on Twitter.  In all seriousness, Xbox seems to have taken a real next step as opposed to Nintendo (new controller!) and Sony (better graphics!), but let us not get into a console flame war.  The verdict is far from in, but the Xbox One does look promising albeit with some serious reservations.

Hit the jump for my recap of the presentation, and click here for the news regarding Xbox’s live-action Halo series produced by Steven Spielberg.

xbox-one-xb1-consoleStarting with the design of the console, Xbox One is definitely a step up from the “implode” design of the Xbox 360.  It’s got nice, clean lines with an interesting “two-face” look.  However, this console will pack a powerhouse of hardware.  The system has 8GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive, Blu-ray player, USB 3.0, and a single 40-nanometer chip for both the CPU and GPU rather than the two dedicated 90-nm chips needed in the 360.  All that power comes with a cost, and the original Xbox 360 was a noisy bit of work.  But according to Wired, “the engineering team kept things quiet by shrinking a number of internal components for better airflow within the console.”  However, this is something that can’t quantified, and I’ll be interested to see if the Xbox One is as quiet as my PlayStation 3 Slim.

Moving on, you knew that Microsoft wasn’t going to give up on Kinect, and they’ve only put more effort into the technology.  The new Kinect will come with every Xbox One, and Microsoft has made it essential to the experience to the point where it’s unnerving and possibly disappointing.  In the presentation, the voice recognition worked perfectly.  Rather than the exhausting act of pressing a button on your controller, you can now say “Xbox On”, and provide other commands like “Xbox, go home!” as well as make physical gestures.  Microsoft is promising that the 1080p Kinect camera will be able to make the Xbox respond instantaneously, but we’ve heard that promise before.  Also, voice recognition technology has yet to work consistently.  Remember how great Siri was going to be?  I rarely use it because Siri doesn’t understand jack shit, and it’s not like I have a serious speech impediment or talk to her when my mouth is full.  And let’s assume the voice and gesture recognition is as good as Microsoft says.  Can it differentiate between orders and casual conversation and movement?  If I jump up and cheer during the Falcons game, will Xbox change the channel?

xbox-one-xb1-kinectSpeaking of watching TV, Xbox One now has live television.  You can tell Xbox to go a channel, and it will do it (in theory).  One of the coolest features is watching a sports game and keeping an eye on your fantasy team (although with the NFL, it looks like you’ll have to be playing through the NFL’s Fantasy League as opposed to ESPN, Yahoo!, or other fantasy sports provider).  The presenter then speculated that Xbox One might be able to interact with other programs like awards shows and debates (Xbox 360 already interacted with this year’s Presidential Debates by allowing viewers to vote on certain questions).  You can also “snap in” other programs like Skype, so Microsoft is playing right into our short-attention span culture.  There’s also “trending” where you can see what your friends are playing/watching and then a general “trending”, which is where Microsoft will have the ability to put even more ads into their dashboard.

But Microsoft has missed one very important aspect of the way we watch television: time-shifting.  Microsoft may be angling to replace the set top box from your cable provider, but I have a DVR, and I barely watch any show as it airs.  There was a lot of information in this presentation, so please correct me if they mentioned that the Xbox One can DVR shows.  If so, then it will be a true replacement for cable boxes.

xbox-one-xb1-controllerWith all the emphasis on how the Xbox One functions as an entertainment system, it took half an hour to start talking about games.  There wasn’t much to say because Microsoft is holding most of their gaming info until E3, which is in 19 days.  However, they did devote some time to the biggest developers.  EA Sports announced that Xbox One will get Madden, NBA Live, UFC, and Fifa (and Fifa 14 will be an Xbox One exclusive).  Microsoft also revealed that Forza Motorsport 5 will be available at launch, there will be 15 exclusive titles for the console, and eight of those will be new franchises.  The presentation finished up with a look at the next Call of Duty game, Call of Duty: Ghosts, which held no interest for me other than the fact that they mo-capped actual SEAL Team dogs.  More than anything, gamers demand dog authenticity.

If I had to break down Xbox One into one word, it would be “intimidating”.  I’m still not convinced that Kinect works, and there was no mention if they had gotten the technology to where it doesn’t need at least 6feet of free space (no system should require you to move your furniture).  While I assume you can still use the controller (which looks like it has fangs), I wonder how it will handle stuff like the “snap” functions.  This system seems like it’s been built around voice commands, and that requirement could cripple the console if it doesn’t work perfectly.  No one wants to keep screaming at a box just to change a channel.

Microsoft has yet to announce a release date beyond this year.  Even more importantly, they haven’t announced a price.  How much will gamers shell out for what truly feels like a next generation console?

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  • Farrell

    You have to pay a fee to play a used or borrowed game. Hello PS4.

  • Farrell

    You have to pay a fee to play a used or borrowed game. Hello PS4.

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  • scurvy

    I’m pretty sure that rumor was already debunked

    • Eric Cormier

      The rumor about the always online system was debunked but they’re still leaving the option for the game companies on to whether or not their games can be played offline. Just as bad.

    • Eric Cormier

      The rumor about the always online system was debunked but they’re still leaving the option for the game companies on to whether or not their games can be played offline. Just as bad.

    • matthew

      No xbox one requires all games to be installed to harddrive, and if you
      get a used game you have to pay for a pass that lets you play it.

      • DT85

        And your source for this information?

      • yourmom

        Gameinformer

    • matthew

      No xbox one requires all games to be installed to harddrive, and if you
      get a used game you have to pay for a pass that lets you play it.

  • scurvy

    I’m pretty sure that rumor was already debunked

  • http://www.facebook.com/prathap.kutty Prathap Kutty

    Wow Goldberg hates call of duty? Looks he had shit taste in games as well as movies

    • Matt Lane

      COD is a shit game

      • Strong Enough

        lmao

      • Strong Enough

        lmao

    • pinkincide

      LOL, COD is the ultimate generic shooter for generic people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/prathap.kutty Prathap Kutty

        Yeah cuz generic games earn billions of dollars worldwide right? Dumbasses….

      • -

        So does Twilight, that doesn’t make that any less shitty, does it?

      • Bloost

        Enough with the Twilight hate bandwagon. It’s actually pretty good if you would stop being “in the crowd”.

      • hmm

        Oh really? I only watched one and two, I thought they were pretty bad. Should i give rest of them a try?

      • Bloost

        Absolutely. From 3 and there on, they get better.

      • MIXTER

        NO!

      • MIXTER

        :-O

      • http://www.facebook.com/prathap.kutty Prathap Kutty

        Your an idiot for comparing twilight to cod. Anyways twilight is shit compared to anything

    • pinkincide

      LOL, COD is the ultimate generic shooter for generic people.

    • pinkincide

      LOL, COD is the ultimate generic shooter for generic people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prathap.kutty Prathap Kutty

    Wow Goldberg hates call of duty? Looks he had shit taste in games as well as movies

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

    Horrible design as usual

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/‎ tarek

    Horrible design as usual

  • Godot18

    I was looking forward to this, but I can’t physically use the Kinect. I have a projection system with a 120″ screen, with nowhere to put the thing. Too bad.

    • Maniac4Media

      similar to my setup…except I have a ‘floating shelf’ underneath my projector screen for my Kinnect and Wii sensors. I only hope this new Kinnect has a 15ft extension cable like the previous one does. unless you were just trying to brag about your 120″ screen.

      • Godot18

        Little of both on the bragging. I haven’t even thought of a floating shelf for it. I think I might give it a try.

      • Godot18

        Little of both on the bragging. I haven’t even thought of a floating shelf for it. I think I might give it a try.

    • Maniac4Media

      similar to my setup…except I have a ‘floating shelf’ underneath my projector screen for my Kinnect and Wii sensors. I only hope this new Kinnect has a 15ft extension cable like the previous one does. unless you were just trying to brag about your 120″ screen.

    • Maniac4Media

      similar to my setup…except I have a ‘floating shelf’ underneath my projector screen for my Kinnect and Wii sensors. I only hope this new Kinnect has a 15ft extension cable like the previous one does. unless you were just trying to brag about your 120″ screen.

  • Godot18

    I was looking forward to this, but I can’t physically use the Kinect. I have a projection system with a 120″ screen, with nowhere to put the thing. Too bad.

  • Godot18

    I was looking forward to this, but I can’t physically use the Kinect. I have a projection system with a 120″ screen, with nowhere to put the thing. Too bad.

  • Yurine

    it looks like it is from the 80′s.

    • pinkincide

      YES. WTF is up with the design? My brother had a $1200 CD player in 1987 that looked just like that.

    • pinkincide

      YES. WTF is up with the design? My brother had a $1200 CD player in 1987 that looked just like that.

    • pinkincide

      YES. WTF is up with the design? My brother had a $1200 CD player in 1987 that looked just like that.

  • DM725

    I’m glad the comments section here is a little less fanboy than IGN. Everything over there is just pure reactionary madness. Wait for the specs and more information to come out. Right now all we know is it looks funky.

  • Godot18

    Apparently it needs to be “always on”. Kind of. The VP of Microsoft stated you have to have the system connect to the internet once every 24 hours. Why is unclear. So the 35% of America who do not have broadband in their home can’t use this system.

    Source: http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-does-require-internet-connection-cant-play-o-509164109

  • Godot18

    Apparently it needs to be “always on”. Kind of. The VP of Microsoft stated you have to have the system connect to the internet once every 24 hours. Why is unclear. So the 35% of America who do not have broadband in their home can’t use this system.

    Source: http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-does-require-internet-connection-cant-play-o-509164109

  • fooliocoolio

    Microsoft sure does know how to convince me to buy a ps4.

  • Spencer Yaculak

    More RAM than my desktop pc……
    Kinda hoping an exploit comes out for it soon after it’s release. I want to use it as a cheap home computer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/prathap.kutty Prathap Kutty

    Dumbasses!

  • -

    Yeah, looks like it’s the PS4 and Wii U for me.

    • DT85

      PS4 has alot less features, and the Wii U was a flop. Sony stole the idea of a touch screen motion controller from the Wii U, just like they stole the nunchuck & wii mote idea for their PS Move. Sony just can’t think up their own tech.

      • ok…

        and Xbox comes up with their own tech… please…. And these features you get for Xbox, you have to pay monthly/yearly, where it’s free on PS4. I do agree on Wii U, it was marketed terribly, people still think it’s a different type of Wii instead of a whole new system.

  • Yo

    Wonder what kind of exclusive games the Xbox will get? That’s a pretty big key, and PS4 looks like they have better exclusives. Xbox needs to bring their A game to E3 in-terms of what they will offer. If it’s just Alan Wake producer game/Halo 5 then pass.

    • Yo

      Woops meant to say PS3 had better exclusives(in my opinion) instead of PS4 looks like they have better exclusives.

  • Convoy

    I’m getting it. I have a PS3 and I haven’t played a game since last year. It’s mostly just my blu ray player. I also use it for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Crunchyroll and YouTube. So the Xbox One being mostly a multimedia console is right up my alley.

  • Nathan

    I actually kinda like the design… ‘___’

    However, the idea of an “all in one” system has lost its novelty to me. I just want to play games DAMMIT!

  • MIXTER

    Cute! I had one of these in the 80s.

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