Today at 7PM CAT, Microsoft announced their next generation Xbox, much like Sony did with the Playstation 4 (PS4) just a few months ago. Fans from around the world were treated to a livestream of the event, unveiling Microsoft’s next gen console.
Ceremonies opened with a video presentation explaining the importance and coolness of Xbox. “We’re about to change entertainment forever, again,” Microsoft told the excited audience. “You and your TV are going to have a relationship.” The new Xbox (titled the Xbox ONE) has been under development for four years and is significantly more powerful than it’s predecessor, the Xbox 360. The new console will include 5 billion transistors, along with 8GB RAM, a 8 core CPU with 64-bit architecture. Most importantly, the Xbox ONE will also include a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-Ray drive and USB 3.0 comparability. Although the controller apparently boasts 40 new design innovations, it looks relatively the same, with a few enhancements here and there.
The demonstration also showed major improvements in the motion peripheral, The Kinect, with a host of new features, including the ability to capture video in 1080p.
The sleek new design looks pretty cool (somewhat similar to the Playstation) and is matched by awesome new features which includes voice-activated software. Gamers can now switch between TV, music, games and the internet with a voice command or simple gestures. Xbox ONE’s ‘Snap mode’ allows users to watch a film and Skype a friend simultaneously. Xbox says hello to Siri?
Microsoft’s new console also includes a number of “Live TV” features and the ability to record game footage. The most impressive feature (to me anyway) was the Xbox’s ability to sense, using the kinect sensors, when a user picks up the controller, loading your saved games so you can start playing immediately.
Microsoft also plans to release 15 titles exclusive to the Xbox in its first year. These include Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break, while eight of the other titles will new franchises. Electronic Arts were also present to show off their latest sports offerings on the new console. Fifa 14 and Madden have never looked this good before.