Microsoft unleashes Xbox One

Xbox One

Due to hit shelves this year worldwide; new titles revealed

Microsoft has revealed its next-generation home console Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360 and chief rival of the upcoming PlayStation 4.

The software giant has confirmed that the new Xbox One, formerly codenamed Durango, will be coming out worldwide later this year, set to collide with the launch of Sony's PS4.

Saying that it is “built to amaze day one”, the company shared none of Sony's hesitancy and showed off the look of the Xbox One almost immediately (see above picture).

Built to integrate social networking, film watching, gaming and other forms of media, company executive Don Mattrick lifted the lid on the new console to raucous applause.

The device features an inbuilt blu-ray player, a next-gen Kinect camera system and SmartGlass mobile phone integration.

“Team Xbox is on a new mission to design and build an all-in-one system... that puts you at the centre,” Mattrick commented.

Voice and face recognition replace the usual log in requirements by simply requiring the user to say “Xbox on”, which then kicks off the experience where they had left off.

The voice control features allow players to switch between browsing the internet, watching a film or TV, or playing a game, quickly and easily.

Additionally, the “snap on” feature allows people to browse the internet, Skype with friends or more while playing games and watching films.

Among the games confirmed for the Xbox One, Ubisoft revealed that it would be bringing sci-fi action game Watch Dogs and Assassin's Creed 4 to it.

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