The time has finally arrived! After months of speculation, competition and rumors, Microsoft finally revealed the next Xbox. Here is highlights from the reveal in order of events that they occurred. I will be doing a more in depth analysis later this week, as I don’t to communicate any miss information.
Microsoft Xbox chief Don Mattrick took the stage first.
- History of Xbox – starting with Xbox Live, moving on to High-Definition gaming
- Kinect brings new interactive content by making “you the controller”
- Discussion about how the industry and demography has changed; and what they need to do in order to adapt – “Can we improve a living room that has become to complex”
- Discussion about an “all-in-one” system while bring breakthrough entertainment.
- The Xbox One is announced – showing off the the console, controller and Kinect
Yusuf Mehdi takes the stage to discuss the new features.
- Displays the integration of the Kinect – “Xbox On” turns on the controller
- Voice recognition linked to your account
- Teases new racing IP exclusive to the Xbox One
- Shows new integration within entertainment devices such as television.
- Instant switching going from TV to games to internet explorer, to music.
- New gestures such as “grab and pan” and “swipe up” shown
- Snap mode discussed, showing off the ability to run multiple movies at once.
- Skype is announced for Xbox one, group and video call possible
- Xbox ESPN application shown, with new features such as fantasy sports integration.
- Xbox One guide discussed. All TV listings shown right through the Xbox One
Marc Whitten took the stage next
- Discussed “revolution” architectural design
- Hardware specs gone (glanced) over
- Three operating systems discussed
- New Kinect sensor is paired with every Xbox One
- 2GB of data per second via Kinect Sensor offers 1080p camera
- Improvements to motion control discussed
- New controller discussed
- Upgraded ergonomics, dynamic impulse triggers and a new D-pad design
- Smart Glass devices discussed
- Xbox Live disused – server size grows to over 300,000
- Match making features included
- DVR for gaming
Andrew Wilson from EA sports takes the stage
- “Dynamic relationship with Microsoft”
- FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live and UFC games announced
- All four will be revolutionary, change how you play and offered in the next 12 months
- EA Ignite game engine announced.
- Montage featuring various athletes.
- Engine touts “true player motion,” “Living worlds” and other various claims
- Wilson claims “Human like intelligence” and “10 times more animation and detail”
- Games are now living worlds with 3D crowds and daily content that impacts the game as you play
- Exclusive content for FIFA 14 to be revealed at a later date for the Xbox One
- First video of EA games on Xbox One shown
Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios takes the stage next
- Discusses how their platform is the “best place to create”
- The technology will broaden the experience for the gamer.
- Teams across the world are creating content right now
- Forza 5 showcased on Xbox One, demo shown and more will be shown at E3
- Remedy Studios new title, Quantum Break.
- Interesting trailer with a cross between real time and in-game graphics
- Spencer plans to release 15 exclusive games for the Xbox One within the first year
- 8 of those are brand new franchises.
- Xbox Entertainment Studios is discussed
- “TV on Xbox will immerse you”
- Plans to make television “social”
- “Xbox is about to become the next water cooler”
Bonnie Ross takes the stage, lead of 343 industries.
- Halo live action television series announced
- Steven Spielberg, director, congratulates the team.
- Afterwards, the NFL integration was discussed
- Features and possibilities discussed.
Don Mattrick took the stage again
- Wraps up the event, claims they want to take over the living room
- Launching Xbox One around the world “Later This Year”
- World Premier of Call of Duty: Ghosts shown
- All DLC for Call of Duty: Ghosts will launch on Xbox One first
Eric Hirshberg took the stage
- Spoke about creating an “entirely new” Call of Duty for next generation
- New Characters, engine, narrative.
- Story is discussed, crippled america, dog’s are included as a game play mechanic
- New engine discussed, “sub D” tessellation, High resolution textures, volumetric lighting ect.
- Dynamic maps, 60FPS and low latency controls all staples of the Multiplayer.
- And with that, the Xbox Reveal was concluded.
Once again, this is just a quick highlight reel, a more indepth analysis is in the works. In the mean time, let me know what your thoughts on the Xbox One reveal. Impressed? Did they deliver? Let me know by subscribing to me here, on youtube at Youtube/Pitmonkey and on twitter @NicholasGigante