Microsoft announced its next-generation Xbox One gaming console during a press event held at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters Tuesday morning, finally revealing the device that's been the subject of rampant rumors and speculation for months.

The live presentation focused heavily on television capabilities provided by the console, including the ability to integrate itself with set-top boxes from television service providers through the use of an HDMI input port, though that capability will only be available in the U.S. at launch before a global rollout. A collective program guide combines listings of live television with trending entertainment listings compiled from both friends and the Xbox Live community as a whole.

Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be used for more than just gaming.

Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, called the console "the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system" because of its gaming and entertainment capabilities.

"Today we put you at the center of a new generation in the living room – where your games look and feel like nothing else, where your TV becomes more intelligent, where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place," Mattrick said.

Entertainment options beyond live television functionality were also extensively displayed, as applications will be a major feature of the device. Xbox One's operating system combines Microsoft's Xbox software with the kernel of Windows, bridging the gap between the company's console gaming platform and entertainment services offered on its flagship operating system. The console's 64-bit architecture enables users to switch between the two environments on the fly or multitask between them. Users can snap separate programs or services to different sides of the screen, as in Windows 8 – a demonstration of this capability showcased a user simultaneously watching a movie and video chatting with a friend through Skype.

Despite the emphasis on television, Microsoft representatives said the company is investing heavily on the console's gaming capabilities as well. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, said the company plans on releasing 15 exclusive games within a year of the console's launch, eight of which are new franchises.

"To jump-start this new generation of development, Microsoft Studios is investing more than ever in studios around the world to create new and original [intellectual property] for Xbox One," he said. "In fact, we have more titles in development now than at any other time in Xbox history."

One of those original franchises, Remedy's "Quantum Break," blends the console's two major features – gaming and television – by featuring gameplay that parallels a bundled television show.


Xbox One features a simplified dashboard compared to the version found on Microsoft's Xbox 360.

An eight-core CPU and 8GB of RAM power Microsoft's new console, which also has a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 ports and built-in 802.11n WiFi. Three methods of input let users control Xbox One: a physical controller, the next-generation Kinect motion sensor, and SmartGlass apps available for tablets and smartphones. Both a controller and Kinect sensor will come bundled with all Xbox One consoles.

A next-generation Kinect sensor will be bundled with each Xbox One, which Microsoft says will be a big part of the console for gaming and TV content.

Kinect's voice commands and physical gestures were touted extensively at the event, as the sensor will allow users to wake the device from standby by simply saying "Xbox on." The next-generation Kinect's camera provides 1080p motion capture capable of reading a user's heartbeat and tracking more joints than the current-generation version of the sensor. Additionally, the sensor can instantly recognize which user is interacting with the console.

Xbox One's controller will be overhauled from Xbox 360 version to provide dynamic impulse triggers, allowing developers to program varying levels of feedback. Developers can change the levels to suit their particular games, such as slowly increasing the level of feedback when revving an engine in a racing simulator. The controller's directional pad also features increased resistance compared to the version on its Xbox 360 counterpart, changing a feature of the Xbox 360 controller extensively maligned by users.

The controller and next-generation Kinect sensor can work together to provide two simultaneous forms of input, a departure from the Xbox 360 input methods which allow only a single form of input to be used at a time. Marc Whitten, general manager of Xbox Live, said the combined input provides a "lag-free experience," a stark contrast from the current-generation Kinect sensor, which has often been chastised for its slow input recognition.

In addition to the hardware announcements, Microsoft stated Xbox One's launch will be accompanied by an updated version of Xbox Live that will rely heavily on cloud services, allowing users to play games as they're installed in segments in the background. Microsoft claims a "smart match" system will result in faster matchmaking and essentially eliminate waiting in game lobbies. Xbox Live will now also support massively multiplayer online games, which haven't been possible on current console network infrastructures.

Though Microsoft confirmed many recent rumors, it didn't address any digital rights management requirements of its upcoming console. Previous rumors indicated Microsoft's next Xbox console would limit the sale of used games and require a persistent Internet connection.

Mattrick said Xbox One will launch "around the world later this year," though no specific release date or price was announced.

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Absolutely love the name (xbox One) and think it is entirely appropriate. This box is not limited to mere gaming; rather, xbox One is attempting to be a central entertainment integration point. I have never owned a console and do very little gaming of any kind, but am very excited about this product. The ability to watch TV (and movies), play music, surf the Internet, and conduct a Skype video call, all while using gestures via Kinect, truly is revolutionary.

If it ends up being all that it is hyped, I will probably use it to replace the Mac Mini I am currently using for downloadable content and to browse the Internet in my living room. Oh, and I think the design fits better with a home entertainment system than most current offerings. My white Mac Mini box and keyboard are a bit of an eyesore next to my TV.

I can see several uses for it in my bedroom - with my existing setup. Case in point - I have an XB ONE connected inline (via HDMI passthrough) with my Tivo Premiere and I get two calls - one via Skype and one via my home phone; BOTH show on-screen. (Not only not far-fetched, but possible - as is the case in King County, WA, Comcast is my broadband AND telephony provider; they offer CallerID via their STBs and CableCARD-supporting devices - including my Tivo Premiere - now.) Again, this requires nothing else. (And X1, Comcast's next-generation guide and hardware - isn't even available here yet - what I just mentioned doesn't even require it - and I have it today. X1 improves on it, but XB ONE could well moot it.)

Just say "Xbox On" to fire up your living room.

OMG! Microsoft is listening to everything I say. Who would allow this? This will never be in my living room.

Any of this sound familiar or is the Microsoft Goggles in the way again?

DarkNet said,
Just say "Xbox On" to fire up your living room.

OMG! Microsoft is listening to everything I say. Who would allow this? This will never be in my living room.

Any of this sound familiar or is the Microsoft Goggles in the way again?

I'm sure the guys at Microsoft will be happy to listen to your boring conversations in your living room

PmRd said,

I'm sure the guys at Microsoft will be happy to listen to your boring conversations in your living room

Oh what an appropriate response. Did you make that same response last week for "OK Google"? Or did you just come to Microsoft's defense?

DarkNet said,

Oh what an appropriate response. Did you make that same response last week for "OK Google"? Or did you just come to Microsoft's defense?

I came to laugh at your paranoid ass. Clearly you must think your life is so special, people would like to hear what you are saying 24/7

PmRd said,

I came to laugh at your paranoid ass. Clearly you must think your life is so special, people would like to hear what you are saying 24/7

Clearly you have a lack of understanding. I am mocking the Microsoft sympathizers from last weeks Google I/O event with the "OK Google" comment.

So in essence, I am laughing at the same people not making an issue of this but built a weak case against Google's Chrome Voice actions from last week.

Get it? You probably don't clearly you didn't see my previous response. Clearly you don't see the sarcasm and irony in this.

In case you still have your Microsoft Goggles on, I have no issue with it. Microsoft sympathizers on this site had a huge issue with Google doing it last week. Strangely the most vocal ones from last week are strangely silent. Hopefully you get it. If not, there is no hope for you. No need to further discuss then.

But thank you for the laugh. I love it when ignorant people resort to insults not even knowing that they are on the same side.

Love the name! Makes sense to me. XBOX ONE. One device to rule them all.
Those things are gonna fly off the shelves at launch day. I can't wait!
Will probably be hard to get for awhile, people will be lined up at stores everywhere, probably be miles long.
Definitely happy with every detail, especially the looks. Love the console design.
Totally happy with the name too, was worried it was going to be called XBOX 720, or XBOX Next, or something else stupid..
Way to go MS!!

That is, at most, a guess. (Microsoft has NOT mentioned an SRP yet. And that same issue will confront the PS4 - as it confronted the original PS3, with the $399 SRP. The very reason WHY the PS3's capabilities outside of gaming were heavily touted in ads - print and otherwise - at the PS3's launch - and over and over again since.) For most households that actually have a PS3, gaming is a SECONDARY use - according to at least one poll commissioned by Sony. At the very least, XB ONE has pulled even, if not ahead, strictly due to capabilities outside of gaming. The PS3 failed to win me over for one major reason - it stood out too much - the design called attention to itself. (I passed on XB360 for the same reason.)

PGHammer said,
That is, at most, a guess. (Microsoft has NOT mentioned an SRP yet. And that same issue will confront the PS4 - as it confronted the original PS3, with the $399 SRP. The very reason WHY the PS3's capabilities outside of gaming were heavily touted in ads - print and otherwise - at the PS3's launch - and over and over again since.) For most households that actually have a PS3, gaming is a SECONDARY use - according to at least one poll commissioned by Sony. At the very least, XB ONE has pulled even, if not ahead, strictly due to capabilities outside of gaming. The PS3 failed to win me over for one major reason - it stood out too much - the design called attention to itself. (I passed on XB360 for the same reason.)

So you passed on both consoles just because the way they looked ? I feel very sad for you my ps3 and 360 look fine in my house sure they do not match anything but why on earth would you not buy one they are video game machines not furniture lol sounds like an OCD thing . So what about the big block that is Xbox one lol it's hideous lol

No backwards compatibility and games assigned to Xbox Live account impacting on second hand sales? #potentialfail?

Seems to me that the only people who would get confused by the name are probably those who think Air Force One is the first aircraft the US Air Force has ever flown.

In other words, a few months down the road, when you start seeing the Xbox One alongside the leftover 360s on a store shelf, those who are gonna get confused then are probably already confused right now about a lot of other things...

1. Who cares about the name (incidentally I like it)
2. Stop bringing Sony up in this comments section.
3. It's meant to look simple and sleek like something Onkyo would make. And looks good.
4. I am buying one of these on launch day!

Amazing

This looks awesome, name is alright and I don't mind it. And yes, people will eventually know when you say "I'm gong to be on the One or play the One". People refer it to xbox anyway. I can't wait to get intergrated live tv.

Name came out of the blue. Not 100% sold on it, but it could have been worse. I was afraid they were just gonna take a page outta Apple's book and go with just "Xbox".

So it looks like Sony will be making some money from Xbox Blu-Ray hardware and Blu-Ray software sales? Good

Sonne said,
So it looks like Sony will be making some money from Xbox Blu-Ray hardware and Blu-Ray software sales? Good

Sony did not invent Blu-Ray and does not make money off royalties. Why do people keep thinking this crap

PmRd said,

Sony did not invent Blu-Ray and does not make money off royalties. Why do people keep thinking this crap

The Blu-ray Disc Association makes royalties on every disc sold and every drive sold, Sony is apart of the Blu-ray Disc Association, a major part

Patrick Danielson said,
Ugh, I thought they were going to present a gaming console, not a cable box. My wife will love it.

youre just mad you would have to share it with your wife

Patrick Danielson said,
Ugh, I thought they were going to present a gaming console, not a cable box. My wife will love it.

Are you serious? It IS a console. It just so happens to do a ton of other great stuff too. Don't be so narrow freaking minded. This whole video was awesome.

ryoohki said,
And all of this interactivity, only in the us.. Pointless to others..

It takes time, they can't support the entire world on the first day. There is licensing and other legal hurdles, different services in other countries, etc.

ryoohki said,
And all of this interactivity, only in the us.. Pointless to others..

Mattrick confirmed in the post conference that video content will launch in 41 countries..

Personally i find the Xbox One very good and with better presentation than PS4. But many of my friends and other users of social medias say that it is not a gaming console but a TV Box that can plays games...

My blog: http://www.technewz.gr

That TV guide is gorgeous. Why didn't they update Windows Media Center to look like that in Windows 8...?

And I personally like the name. I don't think I've ever heard someone call the original XBOX the "XBOX One", so I don't see people getting confused.

Jimmy422 said,
That TV guide is gorgeous. Why didn't they update Windows Media Center to look like that in Windows 8...?

And I personally like the name. I don't think I've ever heard someone call the original XBOX the "XBOX One", so I don't see people getting confused.

Agreed about the guide. I wish Comcast's guide looked that way.
As far as "One"? Because normally "one" is associated with being "first". So thus it is natural to think that since this product has previous models, that "one" could be associated to the first model.

I think they should have simply called it "Xbox", or 'Xbox Next". Anything that didn't have a number in the name would have been perfect.

I want to know more about what the, what was it, 40 changes they made to the controller etc are.

I was kinda expecting the logo to go all Modern UI and be flat. Meh, doesn't really matter.

Iridium said,
Terrible name, boring design, horrible logo.

And none of that sh** matters, did you see the performance, functionality, gameplay and interactivity? pull your head out of your arse!

Technewz said,
I agree with you, Xbox One is the best looking xbox we have ever seen

I'm really liking the design. Finally looks like the living room entertainment system it is!

Jesus all focusing on the name and ignoring the amazing fusion that kicks the arse out of apple tv/google tv etc. while having the same game running powers of the PS4 - are you mad people?

MS< take my god dam money, I want one device control all my devices in the living room, and this looks dam slick!

duddit2 said,
Jesus all focusing on the name and ignoring the amazing fusion that kicks the arse out of apple tv/google tv etc. while having the same game running powers of the PS4 - are you mad people?

Maybe they are not from USA?

All this tv stuff will be most likely useless outside of USA.

I'll stick with my cable provider set top box. With it i'm sure all content avalaible is also accessible. For the content not avalaible there's always internet and my PC.

Edited by LaP, May 21 2013, 6:48pm :

If you can use a Tivo Premiere (I have one) or any sort of STB (cable or satellite), XB ONE fits right in. The integrated guide (TV portion) is not new tech - it's based on the EPG from XB360/Windows Media Center (and similar to the Tivo Program Guide). Like the current XB360, it will likely connect to your existing home theater hardware (such as your STBs or Tivos, if you have them). I'm not normally a console fan because they stick out TOO much - XB ONE fits in with the rest of the HT gear I have. (They DID finally adopt BD - which was another hurdle that had to be cleared besides the sore-thumb issue.) There are two issues left - content (backward-compatibility issues) and price.

LaP said,

Maybe they are not from USA?

All this tv stuff will be most likely useless outside of USA.

.

Mattrick said video content will launch in 41 countries. Maybe you should look stuff up before you jump to conclusions.

I dont like the name, I love the console. That is just sex. Oddly looks more like a playstation than the PS3 latterly did

Wonder if they got cooling fixed no way in hell am I buying this console on day one ill wait a good six months to see how many melt

CaptainBeno said,
Wonder if they got cooling fixed no way in hell am I buying this console on day one ill wait a good six months to see how many melt
3 months.

Because it has to (no real option) at least match the XB ONE's non-gaming capabilities (as XB ONE does match, and surpass, those of the PS3). I own neither console, so I'm not a captive to either *brand*; all the family PCs run Windows (mine dual-boots 8 and WS2012) and we have two Sony TVs (32" CRT in the family room and 40" LED in my bedroom) - no winner. So yes - Sony, you are now on the clock.

So far the device looks really good, I don't usually buy consoles anymore but this one may be an exception.. but yea, ditto to above. The name is on point and yet totally confusing at the same time.

Max Norris said,
So far the device looks really good, I don't usually buy consoles anymore but this one may be an exception.. but yea, ditto to above. The name is on point and yet totally confusing at the same time.
Agreed. Even though I did get a 360, the last console I had was the original PlayStation and the N64. I too was done with consoles and was just going to use the Xbox as a media center.

as long as this console can play 360 games I will buy. If not, i have to think about it.

At lot of people are going on about how boring or confusing the name is because there's nothing else they can complain about.

There's multitasking, live tv better voice and motion. **** even my girl wants one.

Altamash Masood said,

Lame

Agreed, but that is how consumers think... The higher number means it must be "newer" and therefor "better"...

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
"Xbox One"? The PlayStation 4 has 3 more numbers, therefore it is the winner by default

I know you're not being serious and all but it's not a number, Sure One means 1 but it's not the number itself but a word. To me that makes a difference.

GP007 said,

I know you're not being serious and all but it's not a number, Sure One means 1 but it's not the number itself but a word. To me that makes a difference.

Just say it out loud, xbox one. Either its xbox 1 or one, its still....one/1. Saying I got the xbox 'one' or '1' kind of sounds like saying, wait, you have the original? Then to 'explain' it properly, you say well its really xbox 3. Then they like...hmm so confused. So people will just say the New xbox. But once its not new anymore...what then. I think: GJ microsoft /sarcasm

"So Harry, what are you doing tonight?"
Harry: Playing the one
"What one"
Harry: THE one
"Which one?"
Harry: This one
"That one"
Harry: No this one.

Defiantly said,
"So Harry, what are you doing tonight?"
Harry: Playing the one
"What one"
Harry: THE one
"Which one?"
Harry: This one
"That one"
Harry: No this one.

The X1?

TCLN Ryster said,

Genius... that'll be the common abbreviation for sure

Or people will say "I'm playing the Xbox" like they did with the 360, and the Xbox

The name would make sense if it was the only one, since I guess it means "One device is all you need" - but there is already an Xbox 1. Daft.

King Mustard said,
The name would make sense if it was the only one, since I guess it means "One device is all you need" - but there is already an Xbox 1. Daft.

Nobody in the history of forever has ever called the first Xbox "Xbox 1". Ever.

Agreed j2006, this is supposed to be a box that does everything. Replacing all your boxes with One box that does everything.

M_Lyons10 said,
Agreed. Not a great name at all...

Eh, I'm indifferent about it. It isn't great, but it is alright. Some confusion maybe, but probably not a lot... no one is going to be searching for the original Xbox much anymore.

That's the first thing I thought of, a lot of people will think of the original XBox. Over time of course that will change and the best thing of all is we don't have to hear that stupid 720 crap anymore.

I don't think the name would matter because by the time this hit the stores, it probably be the only Xbox that will be available. And everyone will be just calling it Xbox.

I don't think it will really confuse people. But i wonder how people will call it? People called the first xbox simply xbox. Then they called the Xbox 360 simply 360 without the XBox name.

I suppose people will call it the XBox One using the full name this time cause i don't see people call it the One. "Hey what are you doing tonight? I'm playing with my One ...". Nah! This is not happening XD.

Not a great name. But i don't care to be honest. I own a good PC and it will all boil down to the exclusive games. This gen most 360 games i wanted to play was also avalaible on PC. The exclusive titles have not been the 360 major strength imo. I so wanted to play Journey MS will need to do better than just Halo next gen to get my money. Like i said i already own a PC i don't need a 2nd one under my TV.

It's almost like everyone will find something to complain about. I think the name speaks more to it's intended use and capability than XBOX 360 did.. Besides most people call it xbox anyways..