8-Core Processor, 8GB Of Memory, Out This Year
Microsoft has officially revealed their next-gen console as Xbox One, an "all-in-one entertainment system" slated for release before the end of the year. Their hefty black box ships with an upgraded Kinect sensor and revamped controller, while an in-built DVR captures game footage as you play. Television, sports, and Skype will play a key role alongside traditional gaming, which now seems to be just a small facet of what Microsoft plans to concentrate on over the next few years.
Oh, and as we'll be reporting soon, games will have to be installed to the hard drive, meaning that users have to pay a fee to play pre-owned games.
More details after the jump, and incoming by the wire.
In terms of specifications, Microsoft was very keen to forge ahead with talking about sports games and telly instead (more on that in our upcoming podcast special), but revealed a few choice details of what to expect inside the box.
Xbox One features an 8-core CPU, 8 Gigabytes of memory, 500 GB of hard drive space and a Blu-Ray drive. A built-in native DVR will capture game footage on-the fly, while a newly-redesigned achievements system will apparently tell your personal gaming story.
I've managed to snip a screengrab if you'd like one.
Switching between games, music, Skype calls, internet explorer, films and TV will be near-instantaneous (and pick up exactly where you left off), whether you use a dedicated controller button or Kinect voice commands ("Xbox! Go home!"), while multiple applications can be run simultaneously thanks to the newly-announced 'Snap Mode.' It will also run very quietly thanks to variable power states.
Xbox One is 'powered by the cloud,' in that Microsoft will launch the device with over 300,000 servers backing up your game saves, films and info. Some games can reportedly also use this functionality to remain fully cloud-based, which may be where some of the 'always-on' rumours originated.
Stay tuned for a detailed summation of the new trinity of controllers, games and probably a rant about how gaming was sidelined in favour of cozying up to sports and television in a deeply depressing reveal event.