Microsoft’ has launched its next-generation gaming console - Xbox One . It will compete with its main rivals , the previously announced Sony Play Station 4 (PS4) and the Nintendo Wii U . Microsoft says it is an “all-in-one” device for the entertainment , with a option for the users to watch live TV and other media , along with upgraded Kinect sensor, integrated Skype video calling (via apps), and better connectivity options . On hardware front it sports 8GB RAM (same size as in Sony PS4 but DDR3 only whereas PS4 has DDR5), 500GB HDD , HDMI port , USB 3.0 , Gigabit Ethernet LAN , Wi-fi and WiFi Direct connectivity along with Blu-Ray payer . It is powered by a 28nm 8-core processor and a AMD Graphics processor for DirectX 11.1 graphics and 32MB of high bandwidth embedded ESRAM memory.
Xbox One is not back compatible , that is it will not play Xbox 360 game discs or Xbox Live Arcade games transfer (Gamer score will get carried) . It will run three different operating systems simultaneously (using virtualization technology similar to Microsoft’s Hyper-V ) – A re-designed Microsoft Windows 8/Windows RT to run apps like Skype and other non-game titles downloaded from the Xbox storefront , “Xbox OS” – a dedicated OS for playing games . Finally, a third OS that will work as a interface between the two other OS’s .
Players will be able to borrow games (from friends) and play them with their own Xbox Live ID by paying a certain fee to Microsoft . Also users can play their own bought games at a friend’s house by using their own Xbox ID without paying any extra fee .
The new Kinect with motion-sensing camera : Microsoft’s new Kinect has larger field of view, in-built High Definition (HD) camera and wake with voice recognition feature (for example you can launch the Internet Explorer just by speaking its name “Internet Explorer” or maybe IE/Browser ? ) . It supports multitasking so you can you can do more than one task simultaneously and switch between tasks with just a voice command . Also it supports gesture recognition like the hand waves or air pinches .
New Xbox controller - looks similar to the current controller but with re-designed directional pad .
Microsoft Xbox One Reviews Online :
- Wake-on-voice is very impressive
- Excellent multitasking experience
- Games are beautiful; console runs quietly
- The most expensive console available
- Limited selection of exclusive titles worth playing
- Missing key promised functionality at launch
- Strong launch lineup
- “Snapping” video apps perfect for multitaskers
- Kinect voice commands can be powerful
- Clunky TV integration
- Uninspired design
- Kinect voice commands are unreliable
- Microsoft’s Xbox One integrates live TV in an innovative fashion and can control your cable or satellite cable box, TV, and receiver.
- Most games present noticeably improved graphics over those on the Xbox 360.
- The One has a slightly better roster of exclusive launch games compared with the PS4′s.
- The live TV integration is fraught with frustrations: Kinect voice commands don’t always work,
- The new dashboard is more confusing than it needs to be, and
- The system lacks full DVR integration. It costs $100 more than the PS4, and
- The additional Xbox Live Gold membership fee is required to use nearly every cool feature.
- The lineup of launch games lacks a Halo-caliber must-have title.
- Television integration
- New Kinect is impressive
- Excellent controller
- Live subscription required for Netflix, etc
- More expensive than PS4
- Excellent voice-enabled UI
- Strong integration of games and entertainment
- Decent launch line-up
- Exciting exclusives on the way
- PS4 is more powerful
- UK TV services not up and running yet
- Console is large and chunky
- Robust internal specs
- Oodles of potential
- Improved controls
- Hulking brute of a machine
- Lack of killer launch titles
- Eye-watering price tag
- Kinect is amazing in many ways
- Solid selection of exclusives at launch
- Multi-tasking and picture-in-picture
- Flagship features fall just short of their potential
- A big big and inelegant
- Some big titles still 720p
Microsoft Xbox One Specifications :
- Game format : Optical disc, Downloadable
- Disc loading type : Slot loading
- Controllers / accessories
- Controller type : Wired, Wireless
- Wireless type : RF / radio
- Battery size : AA (Rechargeable)
- Charging cable : USB
- Controllers (max) : 8
- Direction control : D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
- Motion controls : Camera / optical
- Rumble support : Built-in
- Other peripherals : Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Headset / mic, Camera
- Audio / video
- Video outputs : HDMI (v1.4)
- Video formats : 2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 720p
- Audio outputs : via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)
- Audio playback : CD audio
- Audio codec support : MP3, WAV, WMA
- Video playback : DVD video
- Photo viewer : Yes
- Networking / online service
- Internet connectivity : Yes
- WiFi : 802.11 n
- Ethernet : 10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
- Online features : Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Downloadable content : Games, Game updates, TV shows, Movies
- Game achievements : Yes
- Friends list : Yes
- Service fee : Yes
- System storage : Hard drive
- Drive form factor : Internal
- Drive capacity : 500 GB
- CPU speed : 1.6 GHz
- CPU cores : 8
- GPU speed : 853 MHz
- System RAM : 8 GB
- USB : USB3.0 (3 ports)
- Power adapter : External
- Dimensions (HxWxD): 78.7x274x332.7mm
- Colors : Black
Xbox One game titles - There will be 15 exclusive titles for the Xbox One in the first year of launch , few of them are – Forza Motorsport 5, Quantum Break (live-action TV plus gaming), EA Games Madden NFL 25 and Sports UFC, NBA Live 14, FIFA 14, and Activision Games Call of Duty: Ghosts .
Xbox One Price in India : Around Rs.27,500 . Coming to India in September 2014 ( already launched in US/Europe in November 2013) . Click here for the new Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4) .
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What it is
Cutting-edge design meets cutting-edge technology.
Xbox One delivers an entertainment experience like nothing before. Its innovative
technology is rivaled only by its iconic design. Sharp corners and clean lines make
for a sleek, modern console that complements any decor. Xbox One was designed
from the ground up to be the centerpiece of every living room.
8 Cores - An 8-core x86 processor lets you instantly switch between a game and your entertainment apps with ease.
HDMI Pass-Thru - Connect your cable or satellite box to your Xbox One and prepare for lift off. HDMI pass-thru enables you to watch TV through your Xbox, which makes switching inputs seem almost pre-historic.1
Loaded with memory - 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive give you plenty of memory for your games, demos, movies, apps, music, and more.2
Blu-ray – Watch movies and play games in stunning HD with a Blu-ray player.
A one-of-a-kind architecture.
Xbox One was designed to be the most advanced gaming console ever, and the best entertainment console. To make that possible, we did something unprecedented. For the first time ever, we created a state-of-the-art gaming OS and fused it together with a powerful Windows OS. So you get the best of both worlds, without compromise. Forget about having to switch inputs to watch TV or play a game. Now you can run a host of apps right alongside your game without any loss of performance.
Always ready when you are.
Xbox One wakes up instantly, so it’s always ready when you are. Because less time waiting means more time playing.
Instantly and effortlessly jump back and forth between a game, TV, music, and apps. Now there’s no need to back out of one experience before you jump right into another.
Split your screen. Not your time.
Ever wish you could chat with a friend on Skype while watching the playoffs? With Snap you can do both at the same time. On the same screen.
Play with peak performance.
Xbox One is the perfect balance of power and performance. In addition to Xbox One’s revolutionary architecture, the combination of its CPU, GPU and ESRAM is like having a supercomputer in your living room. But raw power is nothing without speed. So the Xbox One uses its power more effectively, creating lightning fast experiences unlike anything you’ve had before.
A new generation of Xbox Live. Unleash the power of the cloud with a new generation of Xbox Live: the network that unites every member of the Xbox community. It also connects you to thousands of games, songs, TV shows, movies and sports. More importantly, it’s a scalable source of power that will grow stronger over time. Best of all, your games and profile are stored in the cloud, so every Xbox One console behaves like your very own. And because it’s all one service, your Xbox Live Gold membership will work on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Your games keep playing, even when you’re not.
Living Games technology allows game worlds to keep going even when you’re not playing. So you never know what new things you’ll find the next time you play. And advanced artificial intelligence can learn to play like you. So when you’re not around, your friends can still play against your shadow.
Pick up right where you left off.
Want to check sports scores in the middle of a game? No problem. With auto-resume, your game is suspended right where you left off. So you can jump back instantly to the same spot. You can even start a movie or a game on one Xbox One and finish it on another.
Play without the wait.
With Xbox One, you can start playing immediately as games install. And updates install seamlessly in the background, so your games and entertainment won’t be interrupted.
Your games stay in sync
with the world.
Imagine the player stats in your sports game being
updated automatically based on the weekend’s
results. It’s now possible with Xbox One. Thanks
to the power of the cloud, game worlds stay in sync
with the real world.
Meet the all-new Kinect.
We’ve completely re-engineered Kinect to take full advantage of all that Xbox One can do. It’s more precise. More responsive. More intuitive. Its unparalleled voice, vision, and motion technology lets you reach into games and entertainment like never before. Automatically sign in when you enter the room. Accelerate through a game with subtle gestures. Or navigate through your favorite TV shows with the sound of your voice. It’s an entirely new Kinect for a new generation of entertainment.
Kinect Real Vision technology dramatically expands its field of view for greater line of sight. An all-new active IR camera enables it to see in the dark. And using advanced 3D geometry, it can even tell if you’re standing off balance.
Kinect Real Motion technology tracks even the slightest
gestures. So a simple squeeze of your hand results in precise
control over a game or app. Whether you’re standing up
or sitting down.
Kinect Real Voice technology focuses on the sounds that matter, thanks to an all-new multi-microphone array. Advanced noise isolation lets Kinect know who to listen to, even in a crowded room. And, for the first time, you can use your voice to launch any Xbox One experience from anywhere in the system, so you can quickly move from one thing to another.
New 1080P camera produces stunning HD video, so your Skype calls will be crystal clear. New active IR camera increases its visual precision and even allows it to see in the dark. Xbox One can also control your TV, cable box and receiver for complete harmony among your devices. New multi-microphone array filters game sounds and ambient noise to isolate your voice.
Unparalleled precision and comfort.
The best gaming controller just got better with over 40 technology innovations. New Impulse Triggers deliver precise fingertip feedback for more realistic experiences. We have streamlined the thumbsticks, D-pad, and contours for improved precision and comfort in your hands. Simply put, it is the best controller we’ve ever made.
What it does
All the entertainment you love. All in one place.
From the biggest blockbuster games to the most popular TV shows to the best
of the Web, Xbox One does it all. But this is just the beginning. Thanks to the
power of the cloud, Xbox One will keep getting better, with more games,
TV, movies, music, and apps launching all the time.
Home sweet home screen.
Xbox One’s custom-tailored experience starts at
Home. From the moment you say “Xbox On,”
you’ll be instantly recognized and welcomed by
a personalized Home screen with all your favorite
games, apps, and content. You can pin movies, music, and more for instant access, so that the things you love most are right where you want them.
Always ready when you are.
Xbox One was designed for today’s fast-paced
lifestyle. It wakes up instantly when you say,
“Xbox On,” and even turns on your TV. Downloads
and updates happen behind the scenes, so you can
jump right in. And when you need to pause, your
games are suspended right where you left off,
so you can resume instantly.
The new way to watch TV.
Connect your cable or satellite box to Xbox One and watch all your favorite television
shows right through the console. All your favorite channels. All your favorite shows.
All with the sound of your voice. You can even create your own personal channel
by pinning the shows and apps you watch most. Gone are the days of switching
inputs to watch TV or play a movie. Xbox One can do it all.
with Xbox One.
Xbox One was built to be social. Chat with friends
using Skype on your TV while you watch football.
Share your best game highlights with Game DVR.
You can even see what TV shows your friends are
watching most, simply by using your voice. And with
Xbox Live, you’ll be part of the most exciting social
entertainment network in the world.
Skype on Xbox One.
Skype has been specially designed for Xbox One.
Chat with friends on your TV in stunning HD. Use
Skype in Snap mode to chat while you watch TV.
Or do three-way Skype calls with people around the
world, all from the comfort of your living room.
Keep your finger on the pulse.
Xbox One lets you discover what TV shows and
movies are popular among your friends and tells you
what is trending within the Xbox community. It’s a
great way to stay on top of what is happening now.
All your favorite sports.
All in one.
Xbox brings your favorite sports together while giving you
command-center control of your favorite sports and teams.
Live games, fantasy sports, and a new generation of stats,
all on one screen. Xbox One is your new home for sports.
The NFL on Xbox.
Xbox and the NFL are partnering to shape the
future of football – forever changing the game.
Xbox One will transform the way fans experience
the NFL from the living room, through an
unparalleled, integrated fantasy experience on
the television that is truly social and personal,
and new innovations in connected experiences
with Skype and Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox is proud
to be the Official Interactive Content Provider
of the NFL.
A new generation of
apps on your TV.
Your favorite apps will find their home on Xbox One.
Find the apps you want instantly. Pin your favorites
to your home screen. Best of all, jump between
apps instantly, or snap them side by side to do
two things at once.
A new way to
explore the web.
Explore the web on your TV with Internet Explorer
for Xbox One. Use your voice to browse your favorite
sites with ease. Use Bing to find the best of the web.
Or use Xbox SmartGlass on your phone or tablet to
control your experience.
Multitasking is a snap.
Why choose between two things you love when you
can do both at the same time? Xbox One lets you
jump from TV to a movie to a game in an instant.
And then snap them side by side to do two things
simultaneously. Music and games. Skype and
live sports. Split your screen, not your time.
If you love gaming,
this one’s for you.
Xbox One was designed for gaming. And the
best game developers in the world are taking full
advantage of all that Xbox One can do. Creating
games that simply couldn’t have existed before now.
New games that push the boundaries of realism.
Along with your favorite franchises reimagined for
a new generation. The biggest blockbusters.
The most immersive experiences. They’re all
coming to Xbox One.