Last May, Microsoft announced their eighth-generation console will be coming at the end of 2013: Xbox One. Nintendo’s Wii U came out last year, and Sony’s PlayStation 4 is also planned to come out at the end of 2013, making a total of three competing consoles by 2014 (Grant). The One will also compete with Apple TV and Google TV because the three systems are considered “all-in-one entertainment” (Walker).
The Xbox One will succeed the Xbox 360 (which succeeded the first console in the family: Xbox) and will allow players to use several applications at once, similar to Windows 8. The most exciting feature of the One is the ability to watch your basic, cable or satellite TV using the console; show recommendations, voice commands and program guides are neat features of watching TV with this new method. Skype will also now be available (Warren).
Xbox Live will continue to be the online service and cost money using subscriptions. Live will use 300,000 servers, as opposed to 15,000 servers on the 360. Cloud storage is also available to save all types of multimedia content. A DVR is part of the One, and at this time only records gameplay, not TV content. Gameplay footage can be edited and shared with friends using Live. One disadvantage of the One is that an Internet connection will be required, even when only playing single player games, due to an online verification after 24 hours has passed (Steele).
The One will now have as much memory (8 GB: 5 GB for the OS and apps, 3 GB for games) and the all-important Blu-Ray drive to finally be on the same levels as the PlayStation’s. The One’s 500 GB storage capacity is the most the PS3 has ever had. (The PS4’s capacity is unknown at this time.) Three USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI port are the only ways to connect cables, meaning composite and component cables will not be supported with the One. 4K resolution and 7.1 surround sound will be supported (Sakr).
The One controller is similar to the 360 controller but the major differences are the directional pad, thinner battery compartment, View and Menu buttons take the place of Back and Start buttons and the trigger buttons will now have rumble to simulate directional vibration (Lowe).
The Kinect will be compatible with the PS4, and every One system sold comes with the improved Kinect free of charge. Improvements include better accuracy, ability to track heart rates and gestures can be tracked with the One controller. However, privacy worries about the Kinect are out there because the Kinect must be plugged in for the One to work, though players can turn off the Kinect functionality. In 2014, Windows will be able to use an updated Kinect (MacDonald).
Prices for the One games have not been announced. However, a criticism with the One is that an unlock fee is charged to the player who installs the used game on a different console, assuming it isn’t the same Live account. Games for the first two Xbox systems will not be compatible with the One (Hollister).
Here is a list of game titles that are definitely in development for the One: Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield IV, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Destiny, FIFA 14, Forza Motorsport 5, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, Need for Speed: Rivals, Quantum Break, Ryse, Thief, UFC and Watch Dogs (Wiki).
More information, including showing the capabilities of the One, will occur at E3 2013 in the middle of June.
Official website: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/xboxone/meet-xbox-one
Wiki website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xbox_One
Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/xbox
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