Included With The Console: Xbox One console, Xbox One Kinect sensor, Xbox One controller, Xbox One chat headset, 4K Capable HDMI Cable, FIFA 14 digital copy
The Xbox One is an upcoming video game console from Microsoft. Announced as a successor to the Xbox 360 on May 21, 2013, it will be Microsoft's third home gaming console.
It will launch on November 22, 2013, in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe.
While the Xbox One's predecessor, the Xbox 360, was released a mere three years after the original Xbox, Microsoft's third gaming console comes almost a decade since its last home console release in 2005. Part of the reason the Xbox One came much later was because Microsoft had extended the life of the Xbox 360 with the introduction of motion-sending device, Kinect, as well as a number of hardware revisions that made the console more reliable and affordable.
Xbox One was codenamed Durango, and reportedly first arrived to developers in mid-2012, giving studios a year and a half to work on titles before the console's launch in late 2013.
The console was revealed in May with a controversial unveiling in which Microsoft focused extensively on the console's media capabilities rather than its gaming capabilities. It would use E3 and Gamescom to showcase the console's games library, before eventually confirming a November 22 release, a week before Sony launches the PlayStation 4.
These are the confirmed day one launch games for the Xbox One
The Xbox One controller looks very similar to the Xbox 360 controller, but the two are actually significantly different from one another. The Xbox One has a different handle condour, and the "start" and "back" buttons have been replaced with "Menu" and "View" buttons.
The controller has three primary new features: Trigger Rumble Motors, which relegate controller rumble to the left and right triggers, a battery pack flush, and a plus-shaped D-pad to address the sluggish performance of the D-Pad on the Xbox 360 controller.
The "start" and "back" buttons have been replaced with "Menu" and "View" buttons. The "Menu" button on the right (where "start" used to be) can be used by developers to bring up specific menus and apps designed within the context of the game being played. The "view" button is essentially the view and information button, allowing users to change, access and switch between applications, as well as bring up information about an app or game (like a leaderboard in a multiplayer game).
The controller takes standard AA batteries and can be charged via micro-USB cable. The controller can be used without batteries if you use it while it is plugged in via micro-USB. The controller will also enter a battery life conservation state while you watch a movie or pause a game.
With the help of reflective technologies, the controller will communicate with the Xbox One and Kinect, meaning the console can pair the controller with the person holding it. What this means is that the console can adapt viewing and playing options depending on who is playing without the need to cycle through menus and settings.
|Media||Will it Work?|
|Xbox One game||Yes|
|Xbox One download||Yes|
|Xbox One used game||Yes|
|Xbox 360 game||No|
|Xbox 360 media download (movie, TV)||Yes|
|Xbox 360 game download||No|
|NBA Game Time||Yes|
|SBS On Demand||Unknown|
|Service||On Xbox One?|
|Xbox Live Gold||Yes|
RAM: 8GB DDR3 + 32MB eSRAM embedded memory
Flash Memory: 8GB DDR3 + 32MB eSRAM embedded memory
CPU: 8 Core AMD custom CPU Frequency: 1.75 GHz
GPU Clock Speed: 8 Core AMD custom CPU Frequency: 1.75 GHz
Storage: 500 GB Hard Drive, External Hard Drive
Second Screen: SmartGlass App on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8
Cloud Storage: Unlimited
Game Installs? Yes
USB: USB 3.0
Web Connection: Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi
Wifi: Built-in (A/B/G/N dual-band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz)
A/V: HDMI input and output (4K support)
API: DirectX 11.2
Cross-game chat: Skype, Party Chat
Motion control: Kinect 2
Subscription: Xbox Live
Xbox Live on Xbox One will carry over your Gamertag, Gamerscore and Avatars from Xbox 360. Xbox Live Arcade content will not carry over, although all entertainment content will.
All content you purchase on Xbox Live will be stored on the cloud, meaning you'll be able to access and download it from anywhere on another console in which your account is logged in to.
The Xbox Live friends cap has been increased from 100 to 1000, and you'll be able to "follow" people.
It expected to cost AU$79.95 for a one-year subscription to Xbox Live on Xbox One.
Kinect 2, while always intended to come bundled with Xbox One, is no longer a mandatory connection for the console to work, as was initially intended.
The device will allow users to control the console with voice and gesture commands, like "Xbox: On" to switch the console on.
It will feature a 1080p camera, 30fps colour.
Achievements will return on Xbox One, and Microsoft says that the console's use of the cloud will give developers more freedom to shape them and the overall game experience over time to adapt to gamer trends and interests.
Also, Gamertag, Gamerscore and Avatars will carry over from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.
The Xbox One's remote play feature will allow players to take control of a friend's game over an internet connection. Further to this, a user's game library can be accessed from another console by signing in and installing the game on the secondary console.
Xbox One games will be available on disc and digitally on the same day. All disc games must be installed on the console. Games that are downloaded can be played immediately once the download starts.
The Xbox One's UI is a Windows-based OS with a heavy emphasis on Kinect functionality. Further to this, the new "snap" mode will allow users to do more things at once, like play a game and watch a TV show at the same time, or upload a recorded clip of their gameplay while also remaining in-game.
Game footage can be captured as users play. The Xbox One will have a number of editing tools in the Upload Studio to allow them to edit and crop their footage before uploading it. It will record at 720p and 30fps.
A streaming service called "Game DVR" will allow gamers to livestream gameplay footage through Twitch TV. This footage can also be shared through Xbox Live and other social networks.