Microsoft has launched its successor the Xbox One, which claims is ‘the all-in-one entertainment console’. The company said that it will be available for sale by the end of this year but it has not yet revealed the price.
While games from the Xbox 360 won’t work on the latest Xbox One, although Microsoft says that it will continue to make games for the older machine. Nor will the console require a constant Internet connection.
The gaming console has 8GB RAM, a Blu-ray drive, and a 500GB onboard hard drive, HDMI in and out. It packs with an 8-core CPU and GPU SoC (system on a chip) and the SoC has been crafted by AMD. The console supports 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 connectivity.
The camera resolution is 1080p and is capable of capturing wide angles. It can also capture video at 60 frames per second. The sensor can also read your heartbeat as you exercise, and tell whether you’re smiling or not.
The voice control on the Kinect to carry out tasks on the Xbox One such as setting up profiles and even turning the console and also dictate the activities to Xbox One. There’s also gesture recognition tech for controlling the system with your hands.
This will run two activities simultaneously. Skype has also been introduced to Xbox universe and can make Skype calls while running another activity on the Xbox. The Xbox One also has a different Windows 8 user interface with the Xbox OS and can switch between the two.
It comes with a TV guide that users can navigate by voice commands. The TV guide has a trending section which displays the most popular shows among your friends and the whole Xbox community. Instant Switch feature will you make the switch from gaming to TV with just a voice command too.
The console also has deeper Smartglass support, which use smartphone or tablet on the gaming console to perform secondary functions such as changing channels, etc. There’s also a devoted game Digital Video recorder to capture and share your winning moments with friends during a game.