The Xbox One was unveiled at a dedicated Microsoft Xbox reveal event on May 21, with Microsoft opting to avoid Sony’s mistakes and showcase the Xbox One hardware.
Revealed by Microsoft’s President of Interactive Entertainment Business, Don Mattrick, the Xbox One is “built to amaze on day one”.
Head down the story to see what Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox One console and its new controller and HD Kinect peripheral will look like.
Xbox One Features
Packing an AMD processor claimed to be eight times father than the current Xbox 360 console with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, the Xbox One will feature a Blu-ray player supporting 4K output.
Weighing in at around 7lbs, the Xbox One actually weighs the same as the Xbox 360, but is 10 per cent larger in size, probably to accommodate ventilation space for the high-powered components under the hood.
“Today we put you at the centre of a new generation of entertainment,” said Mattrick. “This console is built to impress on day one and continue to impress as we move forward.”
“The living room has changed radically over the last eight years. Today we look forward, incredible shifts are happening across games and entertainment. Audience are spending their time enjoying different types of content.”
Microsoft’s next-generation console also ships with a new HD Kinect sensor, which now offers a field of vision increased by 60 per cent and 1080p resolutions at 60fps. Active IR technology enables the motion gaming peripheral to reduce any light interference and can now track up to six players simultaneously, rather than the two body tracking functionality of the 360.
The new Xbox One controller adds vibration to the shoulder buttons and a microUSB port for charging, similar to the PS3 DualShock 3 controllers. The “back” and “start” buttons have disappeared too, instead replaced by a new “apps” and “play/pause” controls.