Now that the Xbox One has been revealed, via a presentation in Redmond, Washington today by Microsoft, official specs and featured have been announced for the new console. Here is a look at what is powering this new platform and the accessories users can expect to utilize when the console is available later this year.
Inside the Xbox:
Starting at the core of the Xbox One, it will feature x86 architecture with a full eight cores of processing. Along with the eight-core processor will be 8GB of DDR3 RAM (random access memory) for the system. The exact make of the processor and RAM are currently unknown but AMD is believed to be supplying the core which has apparently been heavily modified. Little was mentioned of the graphics processor for the Xbox One but joystiq.com is reporting that it is a Direct X 3D 11.1 chip with 32MB embedded memory. More of the graphics cared should be revealed at E3 2013. The initial version of the Xbox One will feature a 500 GB HDD, likely to be utilized by the DVR-like functionality of the console.
Running on this hardware will be what was referred to as a “three-in-one architecture” during the presentation. Basically, the Xbox operating system will be running alongside a Windows 8 shell with another system linking to two for seamless transitions. Exactly how much of a drain this is on the system is unclear but having multiple programs running at once across these systems will no doubt slow down the performance of the console just as it would a PC.
Inputs and Outputs:
The ports and connections for the Xbox One showcase more of the functionality for the new console. HDMI Out is also paired with an HDMI In for connecting your cable boxes to the console along with an apparent IR Out which is likely used to change channels and such via the Xbox One. This would indicate that the Xbox One will also come with some sort of IR remote to be placed in front of a cable box. The Kinect connection, different from the original Kinect, along with Ethernet and S/PDIF Out also appear with two USB 3.0 ports. There also appears to be a USB 3.0 port on the left side of the console in a recessed area. No ports appear on the front or right side of the console.
The Kinect sensor has been revamped for the Xbox One and will be shipped with every single console. It will feature a full color 1080p camera (1920×1080 pixels, progressive) that will be running at 30 fps (frames-per-second). The Kinect will always need to be plugged in for the console to function, a move that might draw the ire of some users. Microsoft touted that the sensor sense your heartbeat and follows more joints on the body along with rotations of the joints than the previous sensor.
Finally, the controller has seen some changes. The look and contours of the controller remain generally unchanged and many of the improvements appear to be within the interior of the input device. The controller will now have an integrated battery pack, similar to the PS3 controller. Wifi Direct will allow the controller to communicate with the system while impulse triggers and an upgraded precision D-pad will give users greater controller than before.
Click here to see a look at the features and software of the Xbox One.