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Microsoft Unveils Xbox One

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the solid-color-rectangles-claim-another-victim dept.

XBox (Games) 782

Today at a press conference leading up to E3, Microsoft unveiled its next-gen games/entertainment console, the Xbox One. Their stated goal for the Xbox One is to have a single device provide "all of your entertainment." One of the big changes is increased support for voice and and gesture input. You can turn the console on by voice, and it will recognize you and automatically login. Swiping to the side with your hand will browse through menu pages, and saying "Watch TV" will bring up the TV app very quickly. The same with music, internet, and movies. The new console also supports multitasking — for example, while watching a movie, you can bring up your web browser in a side panel and surf the web at the same time. There is also a built-in TV listings app that responds to channel names — saying "Watch CBS" will switch to CBS without giving it an actual channel number. By this point, you're probably asking: does it play games? Yes. Hardware specs: 8-core CPU/GPU, 8GB RAM, a Blu-ray drive, a 500GB HDD, USB 3.0, and Wi-fi Direct. (They didn't provide the CPU frequency, instead saying it had 5 billion transistors.) The Kinect sensor got an upgrade: 2Gbps of data capture has finer skeletal visibility, can detect minor orientation changes in hands and fingers, and can even calculate your balance and weight distribution. The new controller looks slightly bigger, and is designed to play well with Kinect. They've also updated Smartglass, the remote control software that runs on mobile devices, but they didn't explain much about it. The new Xbox Live will have 300,000 servers powering it, up from 15,000 this year — though, of course, no details were provided about server specs. The console will have native game capture and editing tools — essentially, a game DVR. Saved games will be stored in the cloud, and they have new matchmaking capabilities that operate in the background. Update: 05/21 17:50 GMT by S : Halo is getting its own live-action TV show, for some reason. They'll be collaborating with Steven Spielberg. Microsoft is also partnering with the NFL for live broadcasts and interactive experiences, such as split-screen Skype chats and fantasy league updates. Xbox One will be out "later this year." No price information. it will not be backward-compatible with Xbox 360 games.

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I look forward to hearing about why this will fail (4, Funny)

Toreo asesino (951231) | about a year ago | (#43783971)

Please Slashdot, do your worst :)

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#43784051)

If it does fail, I'm voting price point; with specs like this, I can't imagine how it would be cheaper than a Surface Pro, which is already a disaster in part because of its price. But the Xbox customer base is pretty loyal; that might not be enough to stop them.

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784195)

They could be going for the tried and true method of "Sell it for half of what it costs to make it, recoup by gouging for development licenses"

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (5, Insightful)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43784225)

Easy, they will sell it at below cost, like console manufacturers always do at first. Both Sony and Microsoft lost money on every console they ever released until well into their lifecycles.

That is one reason why Microsoft encrypted the controller protocol on the 360. They claw back money on expensive accessories and didn't want any unlicensed hardware on the market.

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784349)

Xbox customers are extremely loyal, to the point of sycophancy. Of all the Xbox owners I know, zero of them have just bought one Xbox 360. After they got RROD'd, they ALL went out and bought another at full price. One of my friends is now on his 13th one.

Plus there are legions of people who buy the special edition Xbox 360's, and just toss their old working one in a closet and forget about it or repurpose it for another room.

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784355)

Specs like this? You say that like they are good specs. Some cheap-ass 4 core hyperthreaded CPU so they can say it technically has 8, like the PS4, a paltry 8GB of RAM, obsolete Blu-Ray drive and an absolutely tiny 500GB hard drive (why 500GB? why not AT LEAST 1TB?).

Nah. This thing will come out for $300-$400 and will be drastically underpowered compared to even a moderate range gaming PC, just like the PS4

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784115)

Please Slashdot, do your worst :)

price.

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (2)

skirmish666 (1287122) | about a year ago | (#43784171)

"5 billion transistors", also the number of square feet needed to use kinect?

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (3, Interesting)

NatasRevol (731260) | about a year ago | (#43784229)

Not backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games?

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (2)

MXPS (1091249) | about a year ago | (#43784301)

Nope, they switched to x86.

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (2)

NatasRevol (731260) | about a year ago | (#43784325)

Maybe not a problem for the devs.

Big problem for all the customers who are pissed they have to buy a new game CD.

Re:I look forward to hearing about why this will f (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784383)

So backward compatible with the original Xbox?

Looks like a cross between (4, Informative)

kipin (981566) | about a year ago | (#43783973)

A 1980's stereo receiver and a VHS player from the 1990's.

Re:Looks like a cross between (4, Insightful)

vuke69 (450194) | about a year ago | (#43784273)

Those goofy vent things on the top will be a dusty wreck in about a month.

Where are the games? (3, Insightful)

BEI01 (567185) | about a year ago | (#43783977)

It took them 30 minutes, half the duration of the entire presentation, before they started talking about games. It is not looking good as a next-gen "game" system.

Re:Where are the games? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784077)

Need to wait for E3 for more details about that. I'm also disappointed in that, but there is still time.

Re:Where are the games? (1, Insightful)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43784117)

everyone knows its going to let you shoot and kill people and monsters with lots of blood and gore in HD

the TV part is going to sell it to the wife and the ESPN features are the knife in sony's back

Re:Where are the games? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43784209)

the TV part is going to sell it to the wife and the ESPN features are the knife in sony's back

That's the theory, but since I already have a PVR, and have no desire to involve Microsoft in my television watching experience ... it's certainly not a feature I care about.

I'm firmly in the single-player, offline-only game-play camp, and pretty much all of the features they seem most excited about are things I already have covered with other technology.

So either it's a decent console video game which can be played without requiring an internet connection, or it's something I don't want.

Re:Where are the games? (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43784239)

Sony will get a cut from every console sold for BluRay licensing.

Re:Where are the games? (0)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43784283)

sony is one of the 300 or so companies in the blu ray consortium which gets the royalties. microsoft and apple are members as well

Depends, but will probably get it (1)

kannibal_klown (531544) | about a year ago | (#43783983)

I'm liking casual gaming more and more, and enjoying the computer-upgrade-cycle less and less. So I've increased the amount of console gaming a bit over the last few years.

Personally, I had more fun with my XBox than the PS3. Part of it is I mostly like the XBox 360 controller more.

So unless it's an utter failure, I'll probably get it.

*mostly = I like the shape, but I tend to slightly disconnect the battery pack when I'm using a wireless one from time to time.

Re:Depends, but will probably get it (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43784085)

I will consider it when I can play netflix on it without any sort of subscription.

Re:Depends, but will probably get it (0)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year ago | (#43784191)

So you want Adds in the middle of your shows?

Re:Depends, but will probably get it (4, Informative)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43784223)

No, why?
Netflix has no advertising. I play it on my PS3 with no subscription to any sony product and there are no ads.

Re:Depends, but will probably get it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784147)

Depends, but will probably get it

Good job supporting companies that produce closed-down, DRM-infested nonsense.

have to say it (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43783987)

I am poster number ONE on xbox ONE!

AWESOMO (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43783997)

Nuff-said... DERP!

What? What happened to 359? (3, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about a year ago | (#43783999)

What the hell is wrong with their numbering conventions? They went from Xbox 360 to Xbox 1? Are they starting all over again from version 1? Why? Is it because finally they have erased all the sunken costs and the franchise is finally in the black? On the windows they went DOS 3.1 to Win95, Win98, Millenium, Win2K, Vista and then finally discovered their first grade math, Win7,8,9...

Re:What? What happened to 359? (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about a year ago | (#43784109)

Each version number is a lesson in history about versions and branding. In the late 90s, "2000" was the big thing that everyone was excited about. "XP" probably would've been called "Windows Extreme" edition if they could get away with it at the time. "360" was supposed to sound holistic, or at least all-observing.

"One" reflects a drive toward simplicity, and yet still captures the idea that it encompasses everything; it's not an ordinal. You can trust that the next one won't be called "Xbox Two".

Re:What? What happened to 359? (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43784271)

XP was for "experience". 360 was because the PS3 was due and Microsoft didn't want to release a product numbered one lower.

Rather than one it seems like zero might have been a better choice. I half expected them to go with 8 and a Metro style dashboard.

Schoolyard Rule (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#43784323)

Rather than one it seems like zero might have been a better choice.

You may want to re-think that... use the old rule of imagining what taunts third-graders can make of your name, now think of "Zero" again in that light.

One is way more Zen.

Xbox One? (5, Interesting)

Andrio (2580551) | about a year ago | (#43784007)

Didn't that come out like 12 years ago?

Re:Xbox One? (5, Funny)

dmomo (256005) | about a year ago | (#43784275)

Brace yourself for the awesome as I go to every gamestop to buy every first generation XBox for $40 a pop. Once the new console is released, I'll sell them on EBay as "XBox 1, slightly used, only $200".

Wait for it.... (4, Funny)

tekrat (242117) | about a year ago | (#43784009)

And it comes with Windows 8 (crickets...)

Re:Wait for it.... (1, Troll)

MatthiasF (1853064) | about a year ago | (#43784069)

Nay, Windows 8.1! (fake cheers from paid shills)

Re:Wait for it.... (0, Redundant)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year ago | (#43784237)

I haven't been paid, but I actually do like Windows 8.

A lot less eye candy, and it runs really fast. I haven't ran across any compatibility issues. Or system crashes. Sure the MetroApps are close to useless, however that is only part of the OS.

Re:Wait for it.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784351)

that was the most fucking stupid comment that could have been made. great work there. The only thing that would have made it any more lame would be a link to xkcd.

No one at Micosoft... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784015)

can count.

Cable integration? (5, Interesting)

jandrese (485) | about a year ago | (#43784025)

I really hope this means every XBox will come with a Cablecard slot in the back, just so Microsoft can cause every Cable Company manager's head to explode at the same time when they announce the feature.

Re:Cable integration? (4, Interesting)

F34nor (321515) | about a year ago | (#43784139)

If each household with a subscription buys $150 worth of Comcast stock every month for the next three years we could own them and fire them,

there needs to be 1 box at the drop point that fee (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#43784151)

there needs to be 1 box at the drop point that feeds any system you have on your own network. But that is to much as the cable co's like to have you rent over priced hardware at high prices. At least in canada you can buy the boxes with no outlet / mirroring fees.

Re:Cable integration? (1)

nwf (25607) | about a year ago | (#43784167)

I really hope this means every XBox will come with a Cablecard slot in the back, just so Microsoft can cause every Cable Company manager's head to explode at the same time when they announce the feature.

That would be about the only thing that would make be interested in buying one. That and if the subscription (which I'm sure it will require) is cheap enough. My Verizon DVR blows chunks. My old ReplayTV from 15 years ago had a better and more responsive interface than the crap Comcast and Verizon are pushing.

The new Kinect sounds neat, and much better than anything Sony will likely have. (In fairness, I have a PS3 and not an XBox 360.) I've never wanted to browse the web on my TV, so that part is useless. About the only app I care about is Netflix and maybe some other video providers, but my cheap Sony Bluray player can do all that as can the PS3 already.

No mention of GPU specs? That's telling. Seems more like an AppleTV with gaming.

Ok, great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784029)

But can it play Crysis?

Does it work in other languages than English? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784035)

I personally hate speaking english to my devices..... like the voice control in my car.... Makes me feel stupid.

Re:Does it work in other languages than English? (4, Interesting)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43784329)

I prefer Japanese. No-one else around me can eavesdrop, it doesn't sound as dorky and it actually works better. In Japanese sounds don't run together nearly as much as in English and so the voice recognition is considerably more reliable. Plus Japanese sat-navs are super-polite.

Having said that Google seem to have got English recognition more or less perfect now, even if you are Scottish.

Re:Does it work in other languages than English? (2)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#43784353)

Replying to myself, lame I know...

One other question came to mind after I hit submit. Does the XBOX do all the recognition itself, or is everything you (and every sound in the room) sent to Microsoft for decoding? If so how easy is it for interested parties to access that audio stream?

XBMC (5, Interesting)

elzurawka (671029) | about a year ago | (#43784039)

So basically all the features I have been using for the last 3 years on XBMC + Steam, except for Voice and motion input(which i think are silly and I don't want).

Re:XBMC (1)

F34nor (321515) | about a year ago | (#43784157)

Not only silly FUCKING annoying. The dogs tail sets of the Kinect all the time and worse when I was playing Skyrim **FUCKING DIALOGUE** activated commands in the game.

All I want from Kinect is a Gesis style visualizer for music with interaction.

Re:XBMC (4, Funny)

knight24k (1115643) | about a year ago | (#43784373)

Not only silly FUCKING annoying. The dogs tail sets of the Kinect all the time and worse when I was playing Skyrim **FUCKING DIALOGUE** activated commands in the game.

All I want from Kinect is a Gesis style visualizer for music with interaction.

Saw this little idea on another site (wish I could take credit for it, but meh). Sony creates new ad campaign. Ad starts out with "XBox, Off!"

Troll level - Over 9000!!


hehehe

Re:XBMC (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784159)

Not really, cannot record TV shows only games.
It is a non DVR settopbox, why not go the extra mile and make it dualboot windows? It is AMD hardware.

Re:XBMC (2)

Nrrqshrr (1879148) | about a year ago | (#43784327)

Well.. to sum it all up, check Sony's stock [google.com] . 18 minutes worth of conference on a game console, probably only something like 8 minutes concerning games, the rest is for gimmicks. What could I possibly say?

one (5, Informative)

Ian 0x57 (688051) | about a year ago | (#43784043)

before everyone jumps in on the "i thought this was version 3 not 1" bandwagon - it means ONE as in ONE tool to do it all. not ONE as in version 1 of the product line....

So... The One Box to rule them all (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784213)

Yes, my precious

oh i see (-1, Redundant)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year ago | (#43784047)

Oh I see so they built a medium-low end pc. my 4 year old laptop has more storage and equal ram (i didn't go for the blueray drive but could have). so why would people want this again? Oh and the saves will be in the cloud what happens when microsofts assure suffers a major outage again... or my internet goes down... i have an underspec'ed brick.

Microsoft's attempt at a do-everything box (5, Insightful)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about a year ago | (#43784055)

Looks like the Xbox One is a home-entertainment center for which gaming is mostly an afterthought.

That's not necessarily a bad thing (hardcore gamers aren't nearly as important of a demographic as they think), but a lack of focus could be a real problem. We already have general-purpose machines that are versatile enough to do what we want them to. Microsoft needs to make the case why this is better than a laptop or a tablet or a smartphone – especially as it is certain to be loaded down with DRM.

Re:Microsoft's attempt at a do-everything box (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784183)

I wonder what all the TV stuff is getting replaced with in countries that aren't the US.

Re:Microsoft's attempt at a do-everything box (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784307)

How does having non-gaming features lead to your conclusion that gaming is an after-thought? What additional features would the device have to have in order for you to consider gaming to not be an after-thought?

Most likely, the additional features are just a product differentiator since they believe there is little room for real differentiation from the PS4 in terms of gaming since they will be using roughly equivalent hardware (which is really dictated by technology level and not any decision making by either party). Other gaming features such as including the Kinect by default do not generally cater to the hardcore gamer anyways so there is little they can do in terms of additional gaming features.

Re:Microsoft's attempt at a do-everything box (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784319)

I of course understand that hardcore games aren't the big audience anymore, but it just has this "asshole" feeling when you pretty much drop everybody who made you big.

Always on internet? (3, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43784071)

So far I've not seen anything about the always-on requirement for the internet connection.

That feature is make or break for me, because if it *needs* an internet connection to be always enabled, I can tell you now I won't buy this -- they had their chance, and they put ads into both my home screen and my games.

Did anyone who actually watched the event see anything about this? I've checked several articles so far, and none of them have mentioned that part.

Re:Always on internet? (3, Informative)

frozentier (1542099) | about a year ago | (#43784187)

So far I've not seen anything about the always-on requirement for the internet connection.

If games ONLY save to the cloud, then that IS the always-on internet requirement. Otherwise you have to start a new game every time you put the disc in, and you can't save your progress.

Re:Always on internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784313)

Is this fact, supposition, or joke?

Re:Always on internet? (3)

gmezero (4448) | about a year ago | (#43784217)

Well, they said save game data will be stored on the cloud. That right there would be the needed internet connection... and that alone will prevent me from buying one. Period.

Re:Always on internet? (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43784289)

Well, then if game saves will go to the cloud and require an internet connection, I most definitely will NOT be buying a new XBox.

I might buy another Xbox 360 as a spare for my current one and to keep playing the games I do. But if I can't run this thing purely as a game console with no internet connection, then I have no interest in it.

A requirement for an internet connection doesn't benefit me personally, just Microsoft, the publishers, and the advertisers. And that's not my problem.

Re:Always on internet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784361)

Mattrick just said on G4 that internet would not be required.

First thoughts (1)

RogueyWon (735973) | about a year ago | (#43784091)

The name sucks.

No word yet on always-online or used-game restrictions. Sony were quick to rule these out for the PS4; that MS haven't makes me suspect that they're going to do them. That's a mistake (the latter in particular).

The hardware inside the box seems ok on the limited information we have to go on so far. 8 gigs of RAM is good.

Improved voice and gesture controls are a good thing, actually. They worked really well on the second-generation 360 dashboard. Just a pity they're much less useful on the latest dashboard.

Controller looks ok. Probably slightly better than the PS4 controller.

Not much of interest to me in the game announcements bar Forza (and maybe Remedy). But then, given I'm not into non-driving sports games or spunkgargleweewee, I wasn't particularly expecting there to be. Launch titles (with a few honourable exceptions) are usually crap anyway, so not going to get too worried about that.

Blu-Ray drive is a good thing.

Not really enough information here to make a judgement call. However, the continuing worry over always-online and used-restrictions, tied with a sense that MS isn't really interested in gamers outside of the dudebro fraternity (or indeed gamers at all, rather than people who want to watch TV), makes me suspect that MS have missed quite a few tricks here. Sony's PS4 reveal inspired more confidence and I suspect they've set themselves up for a better launch.

Does it have tv tunner? cable card? satellite TV? (2)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#43784101)

Does it have tv tunner? cable card? satellite TV?

Re:Does it have tv tunner? cable card? satellite T (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784125)

Tuner. It's tuner you illiterate tool.

Re:Does it have tv tunner? cable card? satellite T (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784309)

Seems to me, you forgot some punctuation yourself -- you fucking illiterate grammar nazi.

Re:Does it have tv tunner? cable card? satellite T (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784279)

How is babby formed.

Re:Does it have tv tunner? cable card? satellite T (1)

BaronAaron (658646) | about a year ago | (#43784293)

It's got HDMI-In and most likely an IR blaster to control your cable/sat box. Very similar to Google TV.

For Comcast Subscribers Only (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784103)

...and to watch TV you'll need a subscription to one of our cable-TV cronies, (sorry WoW customers) and a 10 dollar a month shakedown fee to use our Live network. Sorry, consumers, them's the breaks!

Blu-ray player? (1)

neo-mkrey (948389) | about a year ago | (#43784123)

Surely this is a typo -- I could have sworn that MS pledged never to put that into one of their consoles.

Re:Blu-ray player? (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | about a year ago | (#43784251)

Surely this is a typo -- I could have sworn that MS pledged never to put that into one of their consoles.

That was before HD-DVD died.

Re:Blu-ray player? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43784345)

Did you miss the spectacular failure of their competing standard? You know, the format nobody has made a movie for in a several years?

I don't see how they could do anything but support BluRay.

Wait, what? (5, Funny)

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) | about a year ago | (#43784137)

Does "You can turn the console on by voice" mean when "off" this thing is actually running a voice recognition system waiting for you to turn it "on"? Ignoring the "it's constantly listening to what is going on" part: what did they say the "standby" power use was?

Really? in 2013/4 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784177)

A mechanical HARD DRIVE.... what the fuck..

for the kinda price this is gonna be.. it should have a ssd in it.

Fuck thats really some sad specs for now. So we can look fwd to another 5 years of really shitty console ports.

Installation notes. (1)

fahrbot-bot (874524) | about a year ago | (#43784185)

One of the big changes is increased support for voice and and gesture input. ... The Kinect sensor got an upgrade: ... has finer skeletal visibility, can detect minor orientation changes in hands and fingers, and can even calculate your balance and weight distribution.

Do not install Xbox One in the bedroom and/or avoid having sex in the same room as your Xbox One.

Multitasking Irony. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784199)

Let me get this straight..... The locked-down video game console can do two things at once; watch TV and browse the web with two different sections of the screen, but the recent flagship operating system limits users to doing one thing at a time.

MS is truly confused these days.

Price (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784215)

I didn't see anything in the description about price. It sounds like they've got a lot of functionality here, but my two concerns are:
1) price, is it going to be more or less expensive than a PC which would do all the same things?
2) Saved games in the cloud instead of locally saved? Games/saves on stored remotely is a deal breaker for me.

Waiting for the jokes (1)

egcagrac0 (1410377) | about a year ago | (#43784219)

"They call it the Xbox One, since when you see it, you turn 1 radian and walk away."

How's the new red ring of death look on this one?

cost and add on fee's (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784247)

Will Microsoft charge me to see my cable TV now Like they Charge to use my OWN internet connection?

Re:cost and add on fee's (1)

dadelbunts (1727498) | about a year ago | (#43784367)

You mean how they charge you for servers and infrastructure on all their games and services? You can always just play pc games and either pay for these things yourself or use free alternatives. Who needs the stellar clarity of xbl voice comm when you can have the lagfest that is mumble or roger wilco. Or you can always go to PSN and enjoy no online play for 2 months.

Why are they so stingy with info? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784261)

"Though Microsoft has yet to announce a specific launch date or price point for the system"

Maybe I'm spoiled by Apple's style of announcements, but "shipping today" or "shipping by date X" and "price will be $Y" shouldn't be that hard to commit to, otherwise don't bother me with how great you're planning to make this wonderful new gadget. This announcement is premature. They should have done it in the fall or been bold enough to state a price now. Or just waited until E3 in the first place.

More detailed specs at Engadget [engadget.com] . It's an AMD Jaguar-based core with an integrated GPU (with on-die 32MB graphics as some kind of cache?), hence the huge number of transistors.

It all sounds very nice, but until a price is stated it is impossible to assess whether it is a good deal, and I've seen nothing mentioned about the rumored "always connected" requirement, which would make it uninteresting to me at any price.

Re:Why are they so stingy with info? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784359)

This is a game of chicken with sony. If one commits to a price, the other will either match it, or be lower. Can't have somebody stealing that thunder.

Re:Why are they so stingy with info? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#43784381)

I totally agree, that's why I've ignored this and the PS4 "launches". As far as I can tell it's really more of an effort to poll people about what they like than any kind if real launch.

Apple is not alone! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784267)

Microsoft can't count either!

It's freeaking me out (5, Insightful)

Immerial (1093103) | about a year ago | (#43784297)

It's always going to be on... you can walk into a room and say "Xbox, On." That means it's always going to be watching. It reports back what your watching ("See what your friends are watching."). They've increase the camera resolution enough that they can read your heart rate. Sorry... too freaky for me. It's like a LOTR Palantir... gonna have to cover it with a cloth. Or maybe another metaphor, like an Xbox Hal... me: "Xbox, Switch to Playstation 4" Xbox: "I'm sorry Dave, I can't let you do that."

Awesome! (1)

ionymous (1216224) | about a year ago | (#43784303)

It seems like all the comments here are skeptical or negative.

I've never owned an XBox, and I'm not a Microsoft fanboy, though I do own several Windows PC, but this sure sounds like an awesome piece of engineering.
Nice job Microsoft?

Will Need Major Support from TV Providers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784321)

The all-in-one stuff is Microsoft's main focus here with the Xbox One. Yes, we've seen it before in many different forms. But the fast switching between television, games, and so on, with Kinect integration, impressed me. Compare to your cable or satellite box- these devices almost all suck, but on many providers you're stuck on one to get full features. If Microsoft can get support from most providers, it definitely makes the Xbox One look more palatable as a one-stop entertainment device.

It's too bad that Windows Phone isn't a legit mobile platform. MS could do a lot with having entertainment available across the living room, mobile, and computers.

Question: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43784331)

What was Adam Orth's presentation?

XBoner (4, Funny)

ilikenwf (1139495) | about a year ago | (#43784341)

Just considering that this will be abbreviated XBONE...so errors are XBONERS, and if you get an RROD, wouldn't that make you XBONED?

How ya doin'.... (4, Funny)

MiniMike (234881) | about a year ago | (#43784377)

You can turn the console on by voice

Do you need to have a really sexy voice?

Does it matter if you're male/female or will it work both ways?

If you fail to turn it on the first time, will you ever be able to turn it on in the future?

I just really need to know these things before I even think about buying one.

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