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Microsoft's Next-Gen Console: the Xbox One

Microsoft’s Next-Gen Console: the Xbox One

 

It’s about time, Microsoft. After weeks of speculation, Microsoft finally announced when its next-generation console, the Xbox One, will hit store shelves.

The Xbox One will be released worldwide on Friday, November 22, 2013.

That is the Friday before Thanksgiving–and the start of the holiday shopping season–but a week after the release of Sony’s PlayStation 4.

So GuysGirl readers, which one are you planning on purchasing, or are you even going to get one?

 

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One Box to Rule Them All: Xbox One is Revealed

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Microsoft officially unveiled the successor to the Xbox yesterday, announcing at a press conference that the next-gen console will be known as Xbox One.

The Xbox One comes with a 500 gigabyte hard drive, 8 gigabytes of RAM, and an 8-core CPU. It contains a Blu-ray drive as well as HDMI in and out ports. The system will also support USB 3.0 and 802.11n wireless.

Lost amidst the hoopla is a new version of Kinect. The newest iteration of Microsoft’s motion-tracking device will feature a 1080p camera with a 60 percent larger field-of-view that can detect up to six people. Perhaps the biggest improvement is that the new Kinect can see people four feet closer, making it a lot easier and practical to use since it will be more effective in smaller rooms.

One item that should put gamers’ minds at ease is that the long-rumored “always on” feature–requiring a constant connection to the internet in order to play games–is not accurate. The Xbox One will not require a round-the-clock connection, meaning players will not have to online in order to play a game.

Speaking of playing games, the Achievement system is getting an upgrade, too. Xbox One’s achievements will be cloud-based, meaning developers can update and add new achievements as they see fit as well as create achievements that span games. They will also now be able to create Challenges for their games, similar to the daily and weekly challenges currently offered in Halo 4 and Call of Duty. The console will also be able to record “magic moments” from games on video and share them online. Developers can program the system to record special events in a game, or players themselves can tell the system when they want to record something.

Another cool feature is that gamers will be able to save and resume games at any point in the game. Xbox One will also have a universal pause feature that allows a user to pause whatever it is they are doing on the console

Aside from gaming, Xbox One will also boast a number of other abilities such as voice commands, live television, internet browsing, music, and Skype. Users will be able to use Skype while also using other applications. Also, the new console will be compatible with cable television service.

The new console will not be backwards-compatible with Xbox 360 games and Arcade content. However, any music, movies, or television downloads can be transferred from an Xbox 360 to the Xbox One.

No pricing or release date details have been revealed as of yet, but it is likely that the Xbox One will be available this holiday season.

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The Nextbox is Here: Microsoft Reveals the Next Xbox Today

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At 10 am Pacific time today (1 pm Eastern), Microsoft will officially announce the successor to its highly-successful Xbox 360.

Coming several months after rival Sony officially revealed the PS4, Microsoft will hold a press conference on its Redmond campus to give the world its first glimpse of the next Xbox. It is also expected that Microsoft will share some details on the next-generation of its Kinect motion-tracking accessory as well as its new Illumiroom technology.

Many gamers are eager to learn whether the rumors about the new console requiring a constant internet connection are true as well as all the non-game capabilities the next-gen console will have, such as a Blu-ray drive and cable box functionality.

Although this event is mainly about the new hardware, it is likely that some game footage will be shown, with Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA, and the next Forza title the leading candidates.

Stay tuned to Guysgirl.com for a recap of the day’s events and juicy details!

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Xbox 720 Rumor Roundup: New Controller, Kinect 2, Siri, and More

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In what is about the worst-kept secret in the gaming industry, both Sony and Microsoft are working on next-generation consoles to replace the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, respectively. While neither company will admit anything, it is widely-known that they are in development.

You can check out Blythe’s superb roundup of the PS4 here, but what’s the deal with the next Xbox?

Much like the PS4, the next Xbox figures to have a redesigned controller. There has been much speculation that Microsoft will opt for a touch-screen controller much like the Wii U. Reports suggest that the touchscreen will be HD and also serve as a remote and internet browser when not being used to display game information. It supposedly will be similar in size to the Vita.

Unlike the PS4, the next Xbox will have expanded voice control. Xbox 360 owners already have limited voice capability via Kinect, but the next iteration of the console will reportedly have “Siri-like” functionality that promises to be much more robust.

That expanded voice command feature ties in nicely with another rumor: the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection. Services like Siri currently require a connection to the mysterious and all-powerful cloud, so if the new console will boast voice command capability on the same level as Siri, then it helps explain the decision to require a constant connection.

Of course, the requirement of a constant internet hookup goes beyond Siri. Xbox Live has been a hug feather in Microsoft’s cap, and it stands to reason that the online service will get a facelift and offer new features and services to coincide with the launch of a new console. Windows 8 compatibility and integration is almost a certainty, especially with the release of the Surface tablet and SmartGlass app.

Digital downloads have long been seen as the future of the industry, and a constant internet connection is a step towards that eventuality, although sources have said that physical copies will still be offered for now.

One thing that is in dispute is the ability to play used games. Some reports claim that games for the new console will ship with activation codes and have “no value beyond the initial user,” but many industry analysts disagree and view that as unlikely.  

Other rumors regarding Microsoft’s next console state that it will be powered by an AMD processor and have six times the processing power of the 360. It will supposedly be 20 percent more powerful than the Wii U, the latest console to be released.

The new Xbox is also rumored to contain a Blu-ray drive as well as the second-generation version of Kinect, creatively dubbed Kinect 2. One interesting bit of news is that the new platform may also feature IllumiRoom. Revealed at last month’s CES expo, IllumiRoom turns the area around your TV into an “extension of the screen”.

It is believed that the new console will be officially revealed in the next couple of months—including as soon as March—and that it will launch sometime this fall.

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