For those of you looking for a bit more detail from today's big Xbox One reveal, we've got the lowdown on what you can expect from this next-gen console coming out of Redmond, Washington.
As for software, Microsoft announced that they expect to launch 15 exclusive games in the first year of Xbox One, 8 of which are brand new franchises. They have more games in development right now than they have at any other time in Xbox history.
And when it comes to the hardware, it’s obviously been upgraded from the now 8 year old original Xbox 360, which hit the market in 2005.
Here’s the specs revealed at the event today:
- 5 billion transistors (compared to Xbox 360′s 500 million)
- 8 gb ram (compared to Xbox 360′s 512 MB RAM)
- 500gb HDD
- USB 3.0
- 802.11n wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
- Blu-Ray player
- HDMI in/out
- 8 core CPU
- Variable power states
- Native 64-bit architecture
- Nearly silent operation
Kinect is now an integral part of the Xbox One architecture, bringing all of its various components together to interact with you, the player (and TV watcher). The technology within the Kinect has increased its ability to recognize you and follow your body movements to an astounding level of detail, including the orientation of your arms and legs, your muscle movement and impact with solid objects, the depth of your environment, and it can even read your heartbeat when you’re exercising!
- 1080p RGB camera
- 30 fps color
- Time of Flight (TOF) technology
- Microphone arrays
- Updated ergonomics
- Integrated battery compartment
- Impulse triggers
- Wi-Fi Direct radio stack
- Precision directional pad
Smart Glass is something they introduced last year, but will continue to allow tablet and smartphone devices to interact directly with the Xbox One in a way that gives users unprecedented second screen access to content like never before.
The new and improved XBOX LIVE will allow users (we can’t really call Xbox One owners exclusively “players” anymore, can we?) to save their games and entertainment to the cloud, allowing them unparalleled access to much of it, no matter where they go, even on friends’ Xbox One consoles. The Xbox One acts as a dedicated game DVR, saving your big moments for all to see, using a number of sharing tools. And Achievements will share a personal story on how you play, not just what you’ve done.
- Xbox Live at launch in 2002 – powered by 500 servers.
- With the introduction of the Xbox 360 in 2005 – 3000 servers.
- Today there are currently 15000 servers running the modern version of Xbox Live.
- When Xbox One hits, more than 300,000 servers will be the backbone for Xbox Live – more than the entire world’s computing power in 1999!
This will allow bigger matches with more players and more living, persistent worlds for gamers to explore.
Xbox One will be released later this year (no specific date has been announced).