First there was the Xbox, then there was the Xbox 360….and now the Xbox One.
Today Microsoft announced the much anticipated successor to the Xbox 360, and the final contender to be added to the new generation of consoles.
Ok, aside from the apparent inability of Microsoft to count, what does this mean for us as gamers?
Looking at the Console I have to admit I’m impressed with it’s design. For many it may seem a bit large in size, but Microsoft Consoles generally are and it wasn’t a major surprise.
Microsoft seems intent on their continued focus on an integrated Living Room experience with their console and that came across a great deal in the announcement.
Seamless integration between different entertainment options are controlled with simple voice commands to navigate to TV, Music and Games…and it was shown to happen instantaneously.
The voice commands are of course controlled by the New version of the highly successful (and often greatly disliked) Kinect perpheral. If the announcement is to be believed, this version will be a lot more sensitive to players movements. Sporting a 1080p camera, and boxed with each and every Xbox One sold, this could be a blessing or a curse for hardcore gamers.
“Smartglass” functionality will be built in to the console from scratch and will allow you to control your experience from other mobile devices.
A new controller was shown as well, which looks almost identical to the existing controller…but a lot slicker and more stylish, and apparently more receptive and easier to use.
The Specifications of the Console are quite impressive.
Sporting 8 CPU cores, 8 gb of ram, a 500gb hardrive and 5 billion transistors it looks like an impressive machine. It will also finally get Blu-ray, USB 3.0 support and will once again include Wireless.
Xbox Live is being redesigned and will be controlled by over 300,000 servers across the world (no I did not type that wrong), and Achievements and matchups will be more detailed and suited to your level of skill.
Not many games were shown, but EA did make an appearance to announce some of their Sports games, we saw some Call of Duty footage, and a very interesting game from Remedy was shown called Quantum Break.
It is however disappointing that games will need to be installed to be played, and there is no backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games.
Even though we’ll still have to wait and see what new games will be announced, it was good to be able to see the console at least.
More information will certainly be coming soon, and E3 is just around the corner
…and now we wait patiently to hear more.