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    XBOX ONE: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console



    Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    It's been eight years and nine days since Microsoft showed the world the Xbox 360 on May 12th, 2005. Today, we see what's next. The Xbox One.

    We're on-site in at Microsoft's Xbox HQ in Redmond, Washington, to check out the new Xbox. You can watch the livestream here.

    Microsoft's brand new Xbox will be revealed at 1PM EDT/10AM PDT, bringing with it news of games, content, and all things Kinect.







    New consoles are exciting in a way that it's hard for other product releases to match, even anticipated ones like an iPhone, because they're so infrequent. This is at least a five-year bet on Microsoft's part about what the future of gaming will look like. We've already seen what Sony and Nintendo think. Now it's Microsoft's turn.

    Microsoft can only hope it's half as right as it was last time around. The 360 was built to last. That eight-year stretch of dominance makes it the oldest of the current generation of systems, and the last to be cast off in favor of a new system. Over that time the Xbox has picked up new features, like the Kinect motion sensor and ever more media streaming capabilities, but its core has remained the same.

    We're underway, and the intro video for the new Xbox has users saying that the new Xbox is going to "recognize my name, my voice, my movies" and know what you like. That's a big cue that this generation is going to focus heavily on entertainment. Don Mattrick, President of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft, says that Xbox 360 is leading the industry in entertainment, because gamers are quick to adopt new tech.

    The focus for the next gen is going to focus on different types of content, and use new tech, like cloud interfacing and streaming. It's the all-in-one home entertainment system.



    New Controls

    The console turns on just from you saying "Xbox on". It will launch into what you were doing last. This passive listening is a huge deal for natural interface. It seems incredibly responsive in the demo, but for now it's unclear if this is an actual demo or if it's being simulated.
    It also integrates right into your TV. "Xbox, watch TV" drops you right into a live television feed. The amazing part of this is that you can switch quickly from movies, TV, games, a browser or anything else, just by saying "Xbox, go to", or even just "Go to movies".



    Two at Once

    You can also use Windows 8's snap mode (with one app "snapped" to the side of the screen" to run another app on the side of the screen while your movie, or TV or game is playing. This is kind of an amazing addition, not just for browsing movies while watching one, like an onscreen IMDB, which is what the demo is showing, but you can also, say, snap a walkthrough for a game you're playing.
    Oh, and Skype! You can use Skype while watching a movie or playing a game, too.



    Watching TV

    Or! You can go to ESPN to watch sports ("Xbox, go to ESPN"), and get update cards in the top of your screen whenever one of your fantasy team scores or accumulates other stats (or just snap in the full panel).
    Microsoft also added its own TV guide, with full voice Kinect voice controls (which seem FAR more accurate than current Kinect voice controls in this demo). You can go to any channel or program by telling the Xbox to go to it, or you can just go to a Trending page with the most popular content.

    Hardware

    There are three ways the Xbox One is upgraded. Hardware and new architecture, the new accessories like Kinect and SmartGlass, and a new Xbox Live.



    The new architecture is what is responsible for the fast switching between apps and content.

    Kinect is "complete redesigned" to respond to you and your voice, and is made to be more conversational. It picks up motion at 13 billionths of a second, the time it takes light photons to bounce off of you and make it back for the sensors.

    The new Kinect has a 1080p sensor, and captures videos at 60fps and far finer detection. It detects the twist of a wrist, or how balanced you are. it can read your heartbeat while watching you exercise. This is next level stuff.



    The controller has a ton of new features, too, like the ability for designers to send feedback right into the triggers.

    SmartGlass also gets a ton of upgrades, because it's going to be treated as a native part of the platform, and not just an add-on, as it previously was.

    Xbox Live is getting a massive overhaul as well. It currently runs on 15,000 servers, but it's going to go to 300,000 this year. Insane. You'll be able to access your movies, music, games, and saves from anywhere.

    It will have a native editing and sharing DVR tool to snap highlights of your gameplay, and share them. Matchmaking is also more advanced, to hopefully make sure you're not repeatedly sent up against the same jerk who wipes out your whole party before they even get out of the APC. And it's going even further globally, so hopefully bring in more people to the games (though it's unclear how latency plays into this).

    EA Partnership

    EA's making an effort to use the new innovations from Microsoft and Xbox Live especially with a roster of new titles. FIFA 14, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and UFC will all launch in the next 12 months, and EA promises that they will all change the way you play. They'll be powered by a new game engine called EA Sports Ignite, unveiled today.

    EA Sports Ignite is supposed to make decision making and contextual contact more realistic. It will supposedly have 10 times more animation detail, called "True Player Motion", and the crowds are 3D, with dynamic sidelines. Basically, everything's going to look even more realistic.

    Oh, and FIFA 14's Ultimate Team mode, the most popular mode, is exclusive to the new Xbox.

    Watching the demos of the new engine on Xbox One, where you really see the detail is in the lighter contacts, like a defensive lineman trying to slip a block, or Lionel Messi shedding a tackler trying to drag him down by the arm. You can really see intricate movements and motions in a way you can't on current hardware.



    Exclusive Games

    Obviously, there will be some exclusive games through Microsoft Studios. It will release 15 games in the first year of the Xbox One, eight of which will be brand new franchies. Microsoft is trying to focus on new ways to play games. We got to see Forza Motorsport 5 running on the Xbox One, and the reflections, textures of the materials, and lighting looked awesome, but driving game eye porn always looks great in the cinematic cuts.
    We also got a look at a new game from Remedy, responsible for the Max Payne series, called Quantum Break. It will let the choices you make affect the entire world around you. The preview was deeply confusing, with some adults talking to a little girl, a cut to a boat tearing through a bridge, the tagline "Time is the fire", and a character landing in the wreckage.

    Original Xbox Content

    Xbox One wants to be immersive, personal (with smart recommendations), and social. The Studios are going to use the immersive capabilities to do new stuff with comedy, drama, sports, and all the rest of the stuff you watch on TV. It's starting with Halo.
    343 Studios announced a new live-action HALO TV show created by Steven Speilberg. So, like, holy holy holy crap. Microsoft and 343 this will be a premium show, on par with Game of Thrones.

    There's also a new NFL partnership with exclusive content for the Xbox, but it seems like some in-depth fantasy stats and the ability to use natively formatted apps next to live broadcasts. Nice, but not as groundbreaking as Microsoft is making it out to be.
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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    It has a lot of space for coolrunner

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    I believe TX will come up a good news within some days after its release :-D

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    So, I'm in so far... Has the rumor of The New xbox needing to be "Always Online" still a rumor or fact? I'm totally out if they're still leaning in that direction.

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudonymous View Post
    So, I'm in so far... Has the rumor of The New xbox needing to be "Always Online" still a rumor or fact? I'm totally out if they're still leaning in that direction.
    From WIRED

    Always Online?

    There’s one feature of Xbox One from which we can infer quite a few conclusions: You can install any game from the disc to the console’s hard drive, and then play that game whenever you like without having to put the disc in.

    Wired asked Microsoft if installation would be mandatory. “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” the company responded in an emailed statement. Sounds mandatory to us.

    What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.

    Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.
    But what if a second person simply wanted to put the disc in and play the game without installing – and without paying extra? In other words, what happens to our traditional concept of a “used game”? This is a question for which Microsoft did not yet have an answer, and is surely something that game buyers (as well as renters and lenders) will want to know.

    And what of the persistent rumors that Xbox One games will be “always online” – that is, that single-player games would require a constant online connection to function? As it turns out, those rumors were not unfounded, but the reality is not so draconian. Xbox One will give game developers the ability to create games that use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, which means that they might be able to offload certain computing tasks to the cloud rather than process them on the Xbox One hardware itself. This would necessitate the game requiring a connection.

    Are developers forced to create games that have these online features, and are thus not playable offline? They are not, Xbox exec Whitten said to Wired — but “I hope they do.” So the always-online future may come in incremental steps.
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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    quite interesting, I'm excited to see what happens after its actually launched.

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    I'm still going to buy it, but only to make sure I have a 1st Generation Next generation console. So that I'm prepared for when Tx develops some beautiful mods/hacks for us all. Too much is still unknown, I can care less about streaming bullcrap through it or using it for social media seeing as though I'm anti-Facebook/Twitter and all the other shit that makes people feel important for no reason. I just want to enjoy my games OFFLINE and away from children who can't STFU on the mic! PS4 is where I'll be until this Xbox is broken and reverse-engineered by Tx.

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    I want one!!!!
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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Quote Originally Posted by Albablood View Post
    It has a lot of space for coolrunner
    Awesome! That console is a lot less complex inside than I imagined it would be.

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Looks decent. Wish they would just stick to a normal gaming console.

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Looks like the blu-ray drive uses a good old SATA interface :P
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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    video!

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Sounds like it's halfway hacked out of the box.

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    I think i will end up buying one for the kids, and see how it goes before I buy one for myself...

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Size of that fan, think they expect it to get hot?

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    big question on my mind is the drive going to be flashable lol , and the games being installed on the hard and the fact that you cant just pass it on without paying a fee could this be an end to copied games , for this console anyway

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    erm the Ultimate team isn't exclusive to Xbox, it'll just have some exclusive content

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudonymous View Post
    I'm still going to buy it, but only to make sure I have a 1st Generation Next generation console. So that I'm prepared for when Tx develops some beautiful mods/hacks for us all. Too much is still unknown, I can care less about streaming bullcrap through it or using it for social media seeing as though I'm anti-Facebook/Twitter and all the other shit that makes people feel important for no reason. I just want to enjoy my games OFFLINE and away from children who can't STFU on the mic! PS4 is where I'll be until this Xbox is broken and reverse-engineered by Tx.
    couldn't agree more!!

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    Re: Xbox One: Everything You Need to Know About Microsoft's New Console

    i don't think C4EVA will find a way to unlock a Bluray Drive ! its harder than the regular one
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