With all of the hoopla of new generation gaming consoles being released in the near future, Microsoft finally presented their console. Back on May 21st, the company revealed to the world its Xbox One. Now when I say to the world, they literally did so by showing their presentation via TV and streaming on the Xbox 360 and online. According to Microsoft, their viewership reached about 8.45 million viewers within the first twenty-four hours of streaming. That is pretty amazing and I’m sure it broke some viewership records. Despite all of the fanfare behind the event many fan boys, casual gamers, and critics were left scratching their heads on many qualities about the Xbox One.
But first let’s get to what we definitively know about the new system. The specs behind the Xbox One are pretty robust and pretty comparative to not-so-revealed PlayStation 4. Off the top, a great feature that the shiny black console will have is a Blu-Ray/DVD optical drive. This piece of hardware was a major reason many people bought the PlayStation 3 over the Xbox 360. The Xbox One comes with 500 GB of hard drive space, 8 GB of RAM, a few external USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet port, an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi card, HDMI input and output, and an 8 core processor to boot. The console will include the new motion-sensing Kinect 2. It was presented that the device has better sensing capabilities including being able to sense a user’s heartbeat. (That’s kind of scary, don’t you think?) The folks at Microsoft touted that their new console will be so fast and powerful that it will be running three operating systems simultaneously. This new combined architectural operating system gives Xbox One users the ability to do different activities at the same time.
Let’s move on to those activities. Of course the Xbox One is a gaming console but now the user has the ability to watch TV, check fantasy scores, Skype with family and friends, to record games via DVR and much more. By having all these features available on the system, you can see why Microsoft is calling this system the “One”. Their aim to be sell consumers on buying an all-in-one system that will be the focal point of everyone’s living room. During the presentation, Microsoft brought out EA Sports and their folks to speak on how the hardware allows their company to create greater games. Microsoft also showed Skype presentations, the ability to watch TV, and even about being able to watch 4K movies on the console.
But with all accolades, there were still many items about the Xbox One that left people wondering if this system is supposedly “The One”. Will the console be able to play gamers’ old Xbox 360 games? Will the Kinect 2 invade user’s privacy since its always connected and turned on? Why do new games HAVE to be installed on the system in order to be played? Will there be a fee to play used games? How much will the baby hurt everyone’s pockets?
All of these questions were left unanswered yet Microsoft is saying that they will have more information at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in a couple of weeks. Until then, the world will continue to sit on pins and needles waiting to find out more.