It’s that time of year when the new consoles have just been announced, everyone’s trying to find out all the latest news and information.
The console is shiny and black. No word on if it’s going to be released in white yet, also no word on the dimensions. The console comes with a kinect 2.0 as well as a controller.
The controller is fairly similar to its successor, although a bit wider. In the middle of the controller we’ve had the ‘back’ and ‘start’ buttons replaced with new buttons called ‘menu’ and ‘view’. The back trigger rumbles is way improved, now allowing each finger to rumble separately.
There’s a very cool, although a little creepy new feature which sees an infared LED on the controller. This means when you pick up your control it will automatically recognise you and prepare for you to play.
For a month or so, Microsoft stuck to the idea of a digital Xbox One; meaning you’d have to connect to the internet every 24 hours, even if not playing online. This meant if you had no internet you’d have to stay with the Xbox 360 or switch to the PS4. It also meant that buying used games would be a big no.
After heavy back lash from the concept, Microsoft completely changed their views and announced there would no longer be any silly DRM policies. So the Xbox One is now free to be played offline and also allows us to buy and trade games like we would today.
Also thanks to the big reversal, the Xbox One will no longer be region locked and is now free to play in any region.
The Xbox One needs a Kinect to function. But no longer do you need a bulky ugly one standing in your room, this is the new and improved Kinect 2.0, it can accommodate smaller rooms, recognize facial expressions and even detect your heart rate. Why hear it from me, when you can hear what Microsoft has to say?
“It includes a 1080p, HD camera that captures video at 30 frames per second. All new, active-infrared capabilities increase precision, allowing it to work in nearly any lighting condition and expanding field of view to accommodate a greater variety of room sizes. Microsoft proprietary Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. The new noise-isolating multimicrophone array filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms.”
If you’re worried about the privacy regarding a device like this in your living room, don’t worry Microsoft says there’s nothing to worry about and you’ll be able to turn it off.
One of my favourite features in the Xbox One, is that it’s trying to become more than just a gaming console. It’s becoming a home entertainment system which allows you to easily switch between a game, Skype, surfing the internet or even watching a movie. It’s all readily available and won’t mean any loss in performance.
On Xbox Live players will now be held accountable to the Xbox reputation code, if you get muted or banned your reputation will go down, and you’ll be matched with other players who have similar reps. This means less getting paired with 13 year old kids!
Some random facts;
-The Xbox One will not be backwards compatible.
-You’ll be able to record gameplay footage and upload it online.
-There will be no more Microsoft points!
-Many developers are starting to use “smart glass” technology which will allow you to use your smart phone in gameplay.
-There has been a more complex achievement layout announced.
-8 GB DDR3 system memory, with 5 GB of that available for games (the rest is used for the operating system)
-8-core, x86 processor
-500 GB hard-drive
-Three USB 3.0 ports
-HDMI in and out ports
-A custom GPU based on AMD architecture
All in all it looks like the Xbox One is going to be a pretty great console. There’s lots of new features and with the new aspects of technology incorporated it’s no doubt going to be hard to beat!