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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One; First Thoughts

Microsoft Unveils Xbox One; First Thoughts

Microsoft recently unveiled their next console- the Xbox One. And as per usual, they made the promises of this being world-changing technology, it’ll unite families, stop wars and cure cancer. We’ve heard it all before, Microsoft. Not to say we didn’t appreciate the neat reel of their developers in the beginning of the big press conference, but honestly? We wanna see the machine in action. And, after a bit of talk, that’s just what we got. Lot’s of features have been unveiled, and they showed off about… Three games, maybe four? Not very many, and not very much. They say they’re saving it for E3. We’d better not get any more sports coverage. Be sure to check out this liveblog from TechCrunch to see everything that was announced. There are some things from the conference that really seemed to stick out (in a good way). Here’s what we’re thinking about:

Aesthetics

The Xbox One seems to have a strong focus on a simple aesthetic- the Metro UI that Microsoft is using across it’s products is clearly part of the Xbox One- it looks pretty good in action. The box itself looks very nice- it’s like one of those concept machines you see that never makes it to the light of day. It’s a simple machine for an elegant age, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Not many changes have been made to the controller, though it looks like the little orb in the middle of the Xbox 360 controller might not glow anymore. I’ll miss the little ring of light, though that’s not exactly a deal-breaker.

Impressive Innards

The Xbox One comes with 8 GB of RAM (same as the PS4), USB 3.0 (makes sense), and a 500 GB HDD. The big new hard drive is indicative of the future that Microsoft wants for the Xbox One- a connected one. While it seems that the fears of always-online being a necessity have been, at the moment, allayed, there’s a chance that you’ll be charged for used games, though nothing is quite confirmed yet. Another feature of the Xbox One is a Blu-Ray drive. Looks like they’ve finally given up on HD-DVD. The Xbox One accepting Blu-Ray discs means that, besides movies in a new format, developers will have a lot more space on discs to work with.

DVR for Games

You read that right. It’ll be possible to record gameplay footage from the Xbox itself- and then you can edit and share it- this is something the Playstation 4 will be able to do this as well. It could make capture cards obsolete.

Improved Kinect

Right now, I really love Kinect’s voice recognition on my Xbox 360. It comes in handy when I’m too lazy to wave my arms- it might not seem like a big deal, but in everyday life, it’s really very handy. Being able to say “Xbox On” looks pretty neat. Skype is integrated as well- want to video call somebody? You can do it from the Xbox One.

No More Switching Television Inputs

Hey, do you enjoy switching television inputs and accidentally shooting past your Xbox? I didn’t think so. Apparently the Xbox One has fixed this; it’ll be possible to plug the Xbox One right into a cable box. Not many details have been released regarding this, but it’s a neat little addition.

What are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. May 22, 2013, 11:09 AM

    […] of the Xbox One was pretty average as far as launches go- it’s not that there weren’t some neat things, it’s just that they weren’t all that big. One question has been chasing Microsoft […]

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