Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Console
Next-generation games device has designs on entertainment mainstream...
Microsoft has finally unveiled its next-generation games console - revealing that it is called the Xbox One.
The new device is intended to offer a more complete home entertainment experience to users, and is designed to integrate with existing set-top boxes and the internet to provide a hassle-free user experience.
It features an updated Kinect movement sensor with an upgraded 1080p resolution and the addition of voice control, plus the incorporation of Skype functionality and a Blu-ray drive.
However the emphasis is firmly on cloud-based delivery of content.
In contrast to rival Sony - which has still not revealed the PS4 box - Microsoft unveiled their box and controller within the opening minutes of its presentation.
The new controller bears many similarities with the existing Xbox 360 version, but the battery compartment protrudes less and there is vibrating feedback for the shoulders.
It also features an integrated battery, rather than using disposables.
Digging deeper, the new device will run three operating systems: an Xbox entertainment OS, the Windows kernel and a third which connects the other two and enables instant switching between content.
A new Snap Mode will let users say the words "snap mode" to activate a side bar, enabling the use of apps such as Internet Explorer and Skype.
Users will be able to browse apps in a side bar while still watching live TV or movies on the majority of the screen.
And the company also broke the news that Steven Spielberg - the most successful filmmaker of the modern era - will be producing a TV series based on the Halo franchise.
While the focus of the presentation was on the machine's multimedia capabilities and represents a move toward the mainstream, there were also details of a host of games for it.