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Sony went first with the announcement of the PlayStation 4 Sony Finally Announces PlayStation 4 For 2013 Release [Updates] Sony Finally Announces PlayStation 4 For 2013 Release [Updates] Sony has confirmed the existence of the PlayStation 4 (or PS4, as they generally spoke of it). The new console, which Sony describes as a "supercharged" PC, will feature an x86-based CPU and an "enhanced"... Read More , and now, Microsoft has taken center stage to reveal its next generation video-game console, which we now know is called the Xbox One. While Sony’s announcement focused on games, Microsoft was far more focused on the message of delivering an “all-in-one experience.”

The Xbox One runs a x86, 8-core CPU with 8 GB RAM, and 500 GB internal storage. The key thing to mention about the RAM is that Microsoft did not explicitly mention whether the system would include GDDR5 or GDDR3 RAM. The lack of mention leads us the believe that it will be using the slower GDDR3 RAM, but time will tell.

The Kinect has been completely revamped, and will now feature a 1080p HD RGB camera and a 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor. It will also come with every Xbox release and will be a required component for the Xbox One to function.

A big part of Microsoft’s announcement was the new, heavy TV integration. The demo showed using Kinect to change the TV channel, search for specific content, and more. Microsoft is clearly hoping to make the console more than a gaming machine, instead trying to build a living0room system from scratch.

Microsoft also announced Skype integration into the system, as well as a snap feature that allows users to run programs on the side of the screen while playing games or watching TV.

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The Xbox One will not have any backwards compatibility. Not only are disc-based games not supported, neither are those downloaded from the Xbox Live Arcade.

The controller has been given a small revamp, but the overall design looks incredibly similar to the Xbox 360’s. The D-Pad will receive an overhaul, which is a welcome change.

While much of the announcement was focused on non-gaming items, Microsoft did show a suite of EA Sports games, Forza 5, Quantum Break, and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

It’s clear that Microsoft is holding back plenty of information for E3. It did not announce a final release date, only saying that the console will arrive “later this year.” It also did not reveal a price for the console, which will obviously be a deciding factor for most gamers in whether they purchase the console or not. Still, at least they showed what the console looks like, which is more than Sony did at its event.

What do you think of the new Xbox One?

Source: Microsoft

  1. null
    May 25, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Looks more like a VCR from the 80s, don't you think so? well backwards compatibility is one issue, nobody talked about internet connectivity. though you are not required to remain connected to internet to play single player but you will have to get connected every 24 hours or so, that is a fancy way of saying 'well you don't need to connect all the time but still you will need to connect'. Secondly, they are going to charge a fee for trading used games! imagine me selling my car to someone and here comes Toyota asking for a fee! totally ridiculous! well thats Microsoft for you guys, i am glad i remained a PC and PS3 player. Microsoft is digging it's own grave.

  2. Matt Smith
    May 23, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I thought it looked great for the living room, and I'm sure they'll have more games at E3. But Forza 5 already makes it a must buy, which I kinda already knew; I figured they would make it a launch title.

  3. Alex Downs
    May 22, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    So when is Microsoft going to reveal their new Game console?

  4. Aashish Sahni
    May 22, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    lots of hope!!

  5. Glenda
    May 22, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    What I want it to do is to be able to play the flash games on Facebook, i.e., High 5 Casnino and all the other FB games I like.

    • null
      May 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      No.

  6. Tanim Istiaque
    May 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    I think PC still is a better investment

    • Jimmy
      May 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      I agree, I don't see anything here that I don't already have or have exceeded with my gaming computer. I even went with a white painted room and put two projectors on the side (triple screen setup) to give the room a feel of being right in game. (got this idea on rumours of what XBOX was going to bring out). HUH I guess simple game sfor simple people.

  7. Leonel Peralta
    May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    The console, given that is built on a different structure - is incompatible to the previous generation meaning that most gamers like myself at a major loss with video games and downloadable content. I spent so much money on Rock Band 3 music which I still play on occasion when I have friends over and I don't think I'm ready to let go of that just yet.

    It doesn't bother me that it's not backwards compatible, what bothers me is the lack of effort that they have towards allowing us to keep our stuff. I will not make the same "mistake" I did by purchasing a Wii U on launch date given the lack of games - I will give it about a year to see this console kick off and start offering limited edition bundles before I decide to jump in. I think that in the end, it still offers way more than what the PS4 does. Meanwhile, it'll be a long and fun journey with STEAM and Nintendo by my side. E3, here I go!

  8. Brian
    May 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    It's garbage.

  9. Yannis Vatis
    May 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    More of the same as last gen pretty much. Oh wait! More power. I was hoping the IllumiRoom system was actually true and we would actually see a console willing to do something different the right way. I'm going to wait it out at least a year to see which side of the field has the best library.

  10. Nick Patel
    May 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I'm very aggravated that I have spent so much money on games that I cant play on a next Gen system. It's not Next Gen if you cant play the previous games...

    • Yannis Vatis
      May 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      I do not want to sound snarky or anything but if you want to continue playing your old games you can always keep your 360 and get a One - lol dat naming. Live Gold will be accessible from both consoles so it's not like you will have to pay for 2 subscriptions.

      I'm thinking you just like to have it all in one place. I can relate. But I don't believe backwards compatibility is the defining point of a next-gen console. It would be an awesome feature no doubt but definitely not something that will make people not buy the One - can't stop laughing at the name. It's like the Neo of consoles.

  11. paul
    May 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    a complete disaster. was speechless after the presentation. if this is the future according to micro$$$oft, they can keep it. im sure the rabbid faboys are all the sales they need. the biggest disappointment in gaming so far for me

  12. Yiz Borol
    May 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Really exciting stuff, can't wait to see use this!

  13. Harshit J
    May 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I liked it but now I am waiting for E3 announcements. The console. design could be better.

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