Xbox One-O-One: The Ultimate Crib Sheet
- Xbox One
21 May has been reserved in our diaries for quite some time now. The event? Microsoft's next-generation console reveal. Now it's finally here. First off, you may call it the Xbox One, or Mr Xbox One if you'd prefer. It will be released worldwide this year. Now that's out of the way, here's everything else in a snappy list format. Enjoy!
- Microsoft promises television will be 'brought to life' with Xbox One.
- Xbox One is said to be the 'ultimate all-in-one entertainment system' and 'one system for a new generation'.
- The Kinect motion controller will come in every box. Having it connected is required to use the console. As well as the Kinect, the Xbox One was shown off alongside the new controller; reminiscient of the one used to play the Xbox 360. An image of all three can be seen in the top of this article. The new console and Kinect look very angular, box-like, most likely to match the aesthetic of Microsoft's recent Windows 8 desktop, tablet and mobile operating system previously known as Metro.
- Xbox One trailer coins phrases like 'cloud-powered' and 'all your entertainment, all in one'.
- A Trending section on the new Dashboard allows the Xbox to aggregate all of your favourite TV programmes, games and apps as well as content your friends and social media personalities like. The console matches this with content Xbox Live thinks you'll like, e.g. on-demand movies, TV and adds this to the Trending page.
- Voice commands such as 'Xbox On' to activate the device returns alongside instructions like 'Xbox, watch TV' that will switch to the integrated television feed via HDMI. Instant switching allows for voice powered switching from TV, games, movies and apps. A quick pinching gesture returns the user to the root dashboard page straight away. They can then revisit what they were running previously just as quickly.
- Snap mode on the dashboard allows gamers to, for example, snap Internet Explorer to the right of the main screen (demo was the 2009 movie Star Trek playing while the user looked up Star Trek: Into Darkness on the right of the screen on a snap-in pane). Games can be played while apps, TV and movies are playing in teh window-within-a-window.
- Skype will be coming to Xbox One. Featuring group video chat using the 1080p 30 frames-per-second, wide field of view HD Kinect camera. Can be used as a snap-in and calls can be picked up/ended using voice commands.
- Console can be controlled using the Smartglass app revealed at E3 2012. This app will no doubt be far more integrated into the Xbox One experience.
- A favourites tab will also feature. All of your most-watched TV and movies, as well as on-demand content you may like will be stored here. In the US (there was no confirmed detail regarding UK or European services), HBO content can be searched for by saying: "What's on HBO?"
- The Xbox One's console specifications are as follows:
- 500GB hard disk drive
- 8GB DDR3 RAM
- HDMI output and pass-through
- Ethernet and integrated direct Wi-Fi
- USB 3.0 ports
- Blu-Ray optical drive
- Native 64-bit system
- Variable power states ensures 'silent operation'
- Xbox One is said to be 'three operating systems in one/one architecture. One is the Xbox platform, another the Windows kernel for 'flexible, powerful and simple' apps with the third OS being the one that binds the others together for 'effortless control'.
- The celebrated Xbox 360 controller has undergone a redesign. The ergonomics have been improved as the battery pack is now integrated into the controller. New 'impulse' force-feedback triggers are more sensitive and have a better design. New D-pad looks to fix the only real problem with the previous Xbox 360 controller.
- Xbox Live is said to be 'bigger than ever'. It will support the dedicated, native-to-the-system DVR (Digital Video Recorder) facility built into the console. You'll be able to record, edit then post your own gameplay videos online straight from the console. No details were mentioned as to what services would support this function, but we'd imagine Twitch.tv is a likely candidate as an Xbox 360 app recently went live for the popular game streaming service.
- EA Sports came on stage to announce four games - FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live and UFC - will launch for Xbox One in the next 12 months. These new sports titles will be powered by the EA Sports Ignite engine. Xbox Live will be receiving exclusive content for FIFA 14 Ultimate Team and will provide daily fresh content for the sports titles.
- Forza Motorsport 5 debuted with a short trailer. Microsoft Studios promised more details at E3 this June. Forza 5 will be available at launch.
- Remedy, creators of Max Payne, Max Payne 2 and Alan Wake, introduced their new IP, Quantum Break with the totally awesome tagline: "Time is the fire in which we burn". There then featured a CG trailer with live-action and gameplay clips. It appears to be a third-person action game with a time manipulation mechanic.
- Microsoft promises '15 exclusives in the first year, eight of which are brand new franchises'.
- 343 Industries announced a live-action Halo TV series with Steven Spielberg onboard. In a pre-recorded message from Spielberg the director spoke of interest in the evolution of narratives in games over the years.
- The NFL are bringing exclusive content to the Xbox One with the help of Smartglass and the new snap-in functionality. Watch games at the same time as your friends, watch the status of your fantasy football league tables and taunt them over Skype.
- Xbox One will be released later this year across the globe.
- Finally, the Call of Duty: Ghosts reveal. All downloadable content for Call of Duty: Ghosts will be exclusive to Xbox One for a short time. Ghosts is set in an entirely new world, with a new narrative (written by Stephen Gaghan - the director of Syriana and Traffic writer), a new cast of characters and built on a new Call of Duty engine. A developer diary-style video introduced the game before the official trailer was played. It new, smaller features (probably waiting until E3 for the major new content) like peeking (a returning feature), sprinting to a crouched position is now a sliding manouver. Climbing/vaulting/mantling over small obstacles is now quicker and more seamless if you are sprinting, i.e. you won't lose momentum. In the campaign you are a remnant of the United States Special Forces grouped with other soldiers after the States has been plummeted into disarray. Players are accompanied by a dog. Multiplayer maps will dynamic, meaning elements of the layout can change thanks to explosions creating new paths while others can be closed off. Cosmetic character customisation will be a feature in multiplayer, allowing you to change the physical look of your soldier as well as the gear they are carrying.
Watch the Xbox One reveal video below:
After the Call of Duty reveal the stream ended rather abruptly. We're sure to learn a lot more in the next few hours, days, and weeks E3 2013 fast approaches. In the meantime we'll keep you updated as best we can. Keep returning to Made2Game for all the latest information on the Xbox One.
Joe Marsden // @JGMarsden
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