The Xbox One is Microsoft's third home console. It was officially unveiled on May 21, 2013.
The next generation of Xbox Live will debut with the Xbox One. Confirmed features include an expanded Friends List of over 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.
- 8 Core CPU clocked at 1.75GHZ
- 8GB Memory
- 500GB HDD
- Blu-Ray Drive
- 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi direct
- HDMI In/Out
- USB 3.0
The new controller is similar to the design of the Xbox 360 controller with some slight alterations. The controller features area specific rumble feedback at the triggers (one motor per side), in addition to the two "normal" rumble motors as used in the 360s controller.
The D-pad has been changed to the cross designed as Nintendo's patent has expired in 2005.
The two face buttons on the Xbox One (back and start on the Xbox 360) are functioned as view and menu.
The Xbox One can come bundled with version 2 of the Kinect sensor. It features a 1080p camera, a time-of-flight depth camera, and an array of microphones. Originally, the Kinect had to be plugged in at all times for the console to function. It was later revealed by Marc Whitten that the system would work without the Kinect, but certain features are disabled (such as turning off your tv).
The sensor motors have been removed and the field of view increased to detect users 3 feet away from the sensor. The increased tracking resolution allows the sensor to detect your heartbeat, facial expressions, fingers, weight on joints, and movement speed.
On June 9, 2014, a cheaper Xbox One version was introduced, which does not include the Kinect.
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. A Pin system was added to allow users to select games or apps to appear on the home dashboard for quick access.
The Xbox One launched with the following titles: