Monday, May 27, 2013

The all-in-one entertainment system - Xbox One

Just before the E3 event of 2013, Microsoft has unveiled the new Xbox console called Xbox One. This is Microsoft's first new console in more than seven years. With E3 just around the corner, and PlayStation 4 ready to be launched, this is going to be a great contest in Gaming market.
As far as the design is concerned, Xbox One is large , sleek black box and looks like a huge TV setup box. The Xbox controller's gotten a revamp with an integrated battery, improved ergonomics, a better D-pad, and improved response triggers. It looks similar but has gotten a bunch of gamer-oriented tweaks. It feels bulky and it seems strange with the contenders and new gen gaming consoles getting slimmer with every new release.


Tech Specs

Under the hood, details so far include an eight-core processor and graphics made by AMD, 8GB of RAM, Blu-ray, USB 3.0, HDMI in/out, and a 500GB hard drive. Besides all of this, Microsoft is promising a new operating system fusing Xbox and Windows. Xbox One architecture has "three operating systems in one": Xbox, a kernel of Windows (perhaps like Windows RT), and a multitasking interface. The idea seems to be that this console will be a multitasker at heart. With this, you can feel that the distance between Sony and Microsoft, in terms of hardware, will be shorter than ever.

TV on Xbox

"Xbox is going to be the next water cooler." That was said during the event to suggest the Xbox One's role as a social-TV platform. To that end, it sounds like Microsoft is developing TV shows and original programming for the Xbox One, making a greater leap into Netflix-like original programming. Steven Spielberg announced a new TV series based on Halo, and the NFL demonstrated some level of interaction with fantasy stats and Skyping with NFL broadcasts.


The Xbox One will be available "later this year," so that means 2013 after all. Price and a specific date will have to wait...after all, E3 is just weeks away.


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