Xbox - "A New Generation Revealed"
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May 8th, 2013 (11:32 AM). Edited May 22nd, 2013 by Miss Doronjo.
Now, if you were following E3 or Microsoft or whatever, for quite some time now, you'd know that Microsoft is planning a special unveiling on May 21, 2013. Granted, this has been talked about in the chat for a while, however, this thread was created to just poke at some more thoughts and ideas about this.
If you haven't heard about this news before, allow me to give you the 411, by a quote from a website called 'the verge':
Microsoft's next-generation Xbox will be revealed on May 21st, 2013, an invitation from the company has revealed. The announcement from Don Mattrick and the Xbox team, titled "a new generation revealed," will take place at the company's Xbox campus in Redmond, Washington.
Microsoft says that the event will "mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV, and entertainment," and will stream the event to the public on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and on Spike TV. "We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we've been working on," writes Xbox Live's Larry Hryb ("Major Nelson").
The announcement lines up
with earlier indications
that Microsoft would unveil its new Xbox in May. Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans earlier revealed to
that the event will be at a small venue with a focus on providing the first details on the new Xbox, codenamed Durango. Like
Sony's PlayStation 4 announcement
, Microsoft will hold a preliminary unveiling with a larger reveal promised for the E3 conference in early June, where it will "continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games."
The new console that Microsoft revealed, is called The Xbox One.
Microsoft debuted the
this afternoon live from a tent on its Redmond, Wash., campus, putting to end
months of speculation
about the company's next-generation video game console. The console will be available "later this year." Microsoft exec Don Mattrick called it out as an "all-in-one" box. The core strategy is "simple, instant and complete." It was debuted alongside a new gamepad as well as a new
Kinect motion camera
The system itself is all black and features a two-tone finish with both matte and gloss in equal measure; a slot-loading Blu-ray optical drive sits out front on the left face, while a power button with the traditional incomplete circle symbol is emblazoned on the right side (which looks to be touch-based). A new Kinect was also unveiled, and it powers the console -- "Xbox On" is being trumpeted as the most important feature. There's instant switching from the Xbox One dashboard to live television (which seems to confirm that HDMI-in rumor), and a live demo showed off impressive speeds. "Switching between live tv and all your games and entertainment is now as simple as using a remote," Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi said. He also demonstrated gesture controls for the console's UI, quickly snapping back to the dashboard with a pinch command.
A ton of UI is being shown off, with an updated version of the Xbox 360 Dashboard (the tile-system we're accustomed to with Windows 8). The dashboard has a new trending window, in addition to the standards you're used to: games, music, movies, etc. The trending concept stretches across the console's media functions as well as games, with integration in the TV program guide.
In terms of specs, the console has an eight-core CPU, USB 3.0, WiFi direct, Blu-ray, 500GB HDD, HDMI input and output and 802.11n wireless --
no mention of the GPU
. It's these specs that enable the aforementioned multitasking and Snap Mode, not to mention enabling much more powerful games.
Xbox Live is also getting a major update, with 300,000 servers backing up the service. "Your content is available and it's stored in the cloud," Microsoft's Marc Whitten said. That includes a DVR-like service for capturing game developers, and offloading processing.
EA's Andrew Wilson announced during the event that EA's sports games would be available on Xbox One "in the next 12 months," so that tells us to expect that company's sports titles in the not-too-distant future.
Now, following this announcement, what do you think we can expect from this "new Xbox" that Microsoft will unveil? What could this "new Xbox" bring to the new generation of console gamers that haven't been already provided by the variants of the Xbox 360?
Feel free to share any other thoughts you might have in this thread! What do you think of all this?
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