The Xbox One is Microsoft's third home console, following on from the Xbox 360. It was officially unveiled on May 21, 2013 in Redmond, Washington.
The next generation of Xbox Live will debut with the Xbox One. Confirmed features include an expanded Friends List of up to 1000 players — up from the Xbox 360's 100. Xbox Live will be compatible across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, including support for cross-generation chat. Existing subscriptions will carry forward, and will be usable on both systems.
On April 24, 2013, Microsoft announced they would hold an event hosted by Don Mattrick on May 21, 2013 at their home office in Redmond, Washington to reveal the new generation of Xbox.
Microsoft's Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb, commented that the Xbox Reveal event would focus on the hardware and features of the system, while most of the major game announcements would be presented at E3 2013, which is less than three weeks later.
Don Mattrick was the host of the one-hour presentation and revealed the name of the new system to be "Xbox One." The look of the actual hardware was immediately revealed along with the system specs. Most of the presentation was centered around how non-gaming entertainment (television, movies, Internet, apps, etc.) would be integrated into the system. Microsoft closed the show with a demo fo Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- 8 Core CPU
- 8GB Memory
- 500GB HDD
- Blu-Ray Drive
- 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi direct
- HDMI In/Out
- USB 3.0
CPU: x86-64 AMD, 8 cores
GPU: 1.23 FLOPS, AMD Radeon™-based graphics engine
|Hard Disk Drive||500 GB (non-upgradeable)|
|External Dimensions||343 x 80 x 263 mm (height x width x length)|
|AV Output||HDMI (1080p and 4K)|
The new controller is similar in design to the Xbox 360 controller with some slight alterations and new features. The controller features area specific rumble feedback at the triggers in addition to the two "normal" rumble motors as used in the 360 controller. The D-pad has been reworked to provide better control.
The new Xbox One comes included with an all-new Kinect sensor. It features a 1080p camera, a time-of-flight depth camera, and an array of microphones. The Kinect must be tethered at all times for the console to function.
Heavily media based, the new Dashboard will include features such as snap screen, existing voice commands, and new gestures based on the Kinect. A "trending" feature will be in place to allow users to see the most popular content in use by other users, and to allow for more tailor made media and gaming consumption. Snap Screen allows users to view simultaneous and separate content without losing focus on the main task in hand, whether watching media or gaming.