Microsoft hints at 'Halo 5' with Xbox One design video

 

With E3 just around the corner, it's no surprise Microsoft have started teasing its fans, and a new Xbox One video hints at the latest entry in the Halo series.

The promotional video, entitled "Xbox One Design Show," was uploaded on the official Xbox channel on Thursday. Microsoft previously confirmed a Halo game would be available in 2014, although rumors and Microsoft statements have led to speculation it will be a remake of "Halo 2," with the next original entry in the series believed to come in 2015.

At first glance, the video is nothing more than Microsoft showing off the Xbox One in all its glory, including the use of Xbox Video and Xbox Music. However, at around the 48 second mark on the social page, fictional Xbox One user "Pit Bear" is shown as playing "Halo 5, Infinity Slayer on Haven." Of course this is only a text hint, but as E3 is a matter of weeks away, it wouldn't be surprising if we saw another game in the series.

The Halo franchise has been one of Microsoft biggest money-makers for its Xbox line, with each entry selling millions. Microsoft also plans to launch a Halo TV series, which will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg.

Source: Xbox (YouTube) via WP Central

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They dedicate half the video to a big ugly black box. They might as well show the power cords and the power brick too.

Hoping that a redesign comes sooner than three or more years as it has in the past.

Master of Earth said,
Xbox One UI designer = have sense of how to create something sexy | Xbox One hardware team= Much to learn from the PS4

I'm going to put Bets on that MS will release a new Console with better specs soon

Master of Earth said,
Xbox One UI designer = have sense of how to create something sexy | Xbox One hardware team= Much to learn from the PS4

Sexy != Usability. From the perspective of a new user I think Xbox one lays it out pretty simple for new users. Everything is there or the indication that it's there. Many people used to love the Blade UI but blade UI had a learn curve, so do any other UI. Metro UI is quite simple.

On the hardware end, Yes they could have done better. Heck from the many design that they had for the Xbox One there are a few that they could have picked over the one on the market.

Master of Earth said,
Xbox One UI designer = have sense of how to create something sexy | Xbox One hardware team= Much to learn from the PS4

What is this? Are you really saying Microsoft has no idea how to make hardware?

Someone has to be the strongest performer in terms of hardware right. Would you've said the same about Sony if the Xbox packed some more cores of Ghz than the PS4? Don't think so.

Jarrichvdv said,

What is this? Are you really saying Microsoft has no idea how to make hardware?

Someone has to be the strongest performer in terms of hardware right. Would you've said the same about Sony if the Xbox packed some more cores of Ghz than the PS4? Don't think so.

I don't necessary indicate that x1 hardware is inferior. It can be from a hardware design perspective as well.

Jarrichvdv said,
What is this? Are you really saying Microsoft has no idea how to make hardware?

Someone has to be the strongest performer in terms of hardware right. Would you've said the same about Sony if the Xbox packed some more cores of Ghz than the PS4? Don't think so.


Comes down to the packaging really. Samsung for instance gets credit for horsepower in their phones, but one might question how that compares to an iPhone that's hot on their heels while being almost half the size in some cases. :p

That's where admiration from a design standpoint comes from. For Microsoft, I don't think aesthetics was their aim with the XO and that's okay. The Xbox One doesn't have to win in every category so I'm not sure why someone would get upset over this.

@dead.cell, you are right, except the Xbox One's hardware is inferior in most categories compared to the Ps4. The PS4 is smaller and sleeker than the Xbox One. The PS4 is better spec'd than the Xbox One. Finally, the PS4 DOES NOT have a big Power brick.

The Xbox one, on the other hand, is bigger than the PS4. It has a big power brick as well. Also, it's spec's are inferior to the PS4.

Now, whether or not the specs make a difference is debatable. Right now, you can see a difference in that PS4 games are 1080p/60fs, while Xbox One games are hard-pressed to hit that.

I think DirectX 12, however, could be a game changer in this area. Now, this new factor, could be one of the reasons the Xbox One was designed so big. Reports have been made that since DirectX 12 will be pushing graphics cards more, that means more heat will be created, which could have been planned for with the Xbox One design. Another reason, is obviously the RROD disaster from the 360, and that they didn't want to have a heating issue cause the same problem this generation.

I have an Xbox One but I'll admit that in terms of design, the PS4 is better designed. Not having a power brick is a huge deal. It's almost like Microsoft forgot the lessons they learned with the 360 S, which is just beautiful, and overreacted to possibly overheating issues and gave you a VCR sized console.

It's not doubt that they will release a redesigned and smaller console eventually. My guess is next year.

macrosslover said,
and overreacted to possibly overheating issues

Or maybe they knew in advance that DX12 was coming down the pipeline, with its core maximising abilities, and the inevitable heat generation that will cause.

puma1 said,
I don't think they overreacted. I have a feeling soon you will see hordes of ps4 boxes overheating.

All i can say is don't be so sure of something that never happen before and the same can be apply to X1.

EvilAstroboy said,

I'm going to put Bets on that MS will release a new Console with better specs soon

I disagree, the damage of releasing an Xbox One console with different specs would be too much compared to waiting it out 3-5 years and release the "next" Xbox system to replace the current Xbox One.

Xbox One revision 2 design, however may be around the corner, and it probably won't look like a VCR like it does now (not that I think this is a negative).

puma1 said,
I don't think they overreacted. I have a feeling soon you will see hordes of ps4 boxes overheating.

Sounds almost like you're hoping for it to happen. :rolleyes:

no not at all I am not a fanboy of either. I just saw the inside of the PS4.. that thing has a lot of horsepower! But the cooling looks like it's not enough.. but I am not an engineer. Over time, with dust.. just doesn't look like it will not be an issue.

Ah okay, sorry for the insinuation then.

Also, credit to TCLN Ryster for the thought on them potentially building not just for heat of the console in its existing state, but the state it could potentially be put in later down the road with changes to DX12. That sounds reasonable from a design perspective.