Xbox One information explosion, new titles, features and what you need to know


Matt Hadden (Twitter, Google+)
22nd May 2013, 1:50pm

Microsoft yesterday revealed the new Xbox and it wasn't the Xbox 720 as we all suspected, it will be called the Xbox One. The Xbox One is set to be an all in one entertainment system which puts you at the center of games, TV, music, movies, sports and Skype.

The Xbox One will feature a personalized home screen which will allow you to see what's popular on TV and check out your friend's latest gaming achievements, all controlled by your voice. You will be able to watch and navigate live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box through the Xbox One.

The new snap features mean that you will be able to go and play some multiplayer with your friends whilst still being able to watch TV, a movie or chat with friends via Skype.

The new Skype integration will allow you to chat with friends all on your big screen TV and you can even hold group Skype calls with them as well.

The new Xbox One will have a state of the art gaming operating system which will be coupled with an equally amazing entertainment platform meaning that you won't have to switch inputs to play a game or watch TV. The hardware under the Xbox One has significantly changed as they make the step to x86 architecture, the new Xbox One boasts the following hardware specifications: 8 core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray Drive, N specification Wi-Fi, HDMI in/out ports and USB 3.0. There is no news yet on what the GPU will be or whether or not it will share the RAM like the PlayStation 4 will be doing.

Amongst all of this we also saw some new titles being announced for the Xbox One, these were as follows:

Forza Motorsport 5: Turn 10 studios will once again be developing this as they make the step up to the next generation hardware, the game will be available at the launch of the Xbox One.

Call of Duty: Ghosts: The next CoD will be available on the Xbox One with a whole new world, characters, story and "the most beautiful Call of Duty game ever made". It was even confirmed that the game would have dogs and dirty fingernails.

FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and EA Sports UFC: All of these will be bought to the next generation console and all of them will be driven by the newly unveiled "Ignite" engine being built by EA.

Quantum Break: The guys over at Remedy Entertainment will also be launching with a new title which will blur the line between gaming and TV by integrating drama and gameplay into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. The way that you play the game will impact the show and the show will inform you how to play the game.

Microsoft also had a few more exclusives that they wanted to bring to you, these were as follows:

Halo TV Series: Yep, that’s right, there will be a TV series based off Halo, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Xbox Entertainment Studios. Steven Spielberg will be the executive producer of the series.

NFL (National Football League): A multiyear, landmark partnership will deliver the ultimate interactive NFL television experience. The NFL on Xbox One will redefine broadcast experience through innovations around Skype, Xbox SmartGlass (yes that'll work on the Xbox One as well!) and player-worn technology.

The Xbox One has been built around all new Xbox Live that will be more powerful than ever before. With a new cloud that will allow you to access games, saves and movies from anywhere at any time. With over 300,000 servers powering the Xbox Live it will have more computing power than the world did in 1999.

Anyone that owns an Xbox 360 will be able to transfer over their gamertags, friends, achievements and Xbox Live Gold Membership to the new system and there will also be an increased friends limit of 1,000.

Smart Match: A new matchmaking system will virtually eliminate waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people that you want to play with.

Game DVR: Just like the PlayStation 4 a dedicated Game DVR will capture your gameplay footage, allowing to upload your most amazing moments straight to the Xbox Live cloud.

Expanded Achievements: The new achievements system will capture video of your epic moments, continue to grow a game's achievements over time and will reward you in new ways.

Xbox Smartglass: Xbox Smartglass will be natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for a multiplayer and shared entertainment.

In other news it has been confirmed that Battlefield 4, Watch Dogs, the new THIEF and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be coming to the Xbox One. Ubisoft are also planning on bringing 4 more new games to the next generation in the first 12 months.


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