Xbox One: Everything You Need To Know

by Gaetano Prestia 5 Comments 7 Likes 17,891 Views 14/10/2013 Back to Xbox One articles Xbox One

Where To Buy It   |   The Basics   |   The History   |   The Games   |   The Controller   |   The Media   |   The Specs   |   The Features

Where To Buy It

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

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The Basics

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.

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The History

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.

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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.

The Games

These are the confirmed day one launch games for the Xbox One

The Controller

MMGN goes hands-on with the Xbox One controller

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.

  • New Features

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.

  • Menu & View buttons

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).

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  • Battery

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.

  • Pairing

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.


The Media

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
Blu-Ray Yes
Audio CD Yes


Service On PS4?
Foxtel Play Yes
YouTube Yes
ABC iView Unknown
CNET TV Unknown
Crackle Yes
Daily Motion Unknown
MLB.TV Unknown
NBA Game Time Yes
SBS On Demand Unknown
Quickflix Unknown
NineMSN Unknwn
Network Ten Unknown


Service On Xbox One?
Xbox Live Gold Yes
Browser Yes
Facebook Yes


The Specs

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


The Features

  • 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

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

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.

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  • Remote Play

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.

  • Digital Downloads

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.

  • User interface & "Snap"

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.

  • Sharing, Recording & Streaming

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.


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Xbox One: Everything You Need To Know Comments

  • Lo33 5191 XP 14/10/2013
    Cant wait its getting close now :D
  • BladedRellik 1711 XP 15/10/2013
    anybody got the measurements of how big the console is?
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  • Armige 7484 XP 15/10/2013
    Wonder if i can play foxtel through the xbox using the hdmi out
  • BladedRellik 1711 XP 15/10/2013

    @Armige said: Wonder if i can play foxtel through the xbox using the hdmi out

    u can use the hdmi in port I believe
  • gorantse 724 XP 17/10/2013
    looking forward to kinect and forza, some good racing...
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