The Xbox One is Microsoft's eighth generation video game console and the successor to the Xbox 360. It was unveiled on May 21, 2013. At E3 2013, during Microsoft's press conference, it was revealed to have a release date of November 2013. In September of that same year, it was revealed to release on November 22, 2013 in North America and Europe. Other countries were said to release the Xbox One in 2014. As of April 2014, 447,000 units have been sold.
In 2014, Microsoft stopped bundling the Kinect 2 with new consoles, and offered the accessory for purchase separately. At E3 2015, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One, from late 2015, would be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 titles. Before E3, Microsoft announced a variant of the Xbox One console that would be sold with 1 TB of hard disk space, which would come bundled with a new controller that replaced the proprietary headset connection with a standard 3.5mm connection.
- Media inter-connectivity: presented as an all-in-one system, allowing users to jump to whatever type of media they desire instantly and seamlessly (music to movies to games, to television)
- Kinect: responds to gestures, voice commands, and movements; An all-new active IR camera enables it to see in the dark. And using advanced 3D geometry, it can even tell if one is off balance.
- Personalization: keeps track of what you like and presents it to you on your home screen; also remembers what you were doing last when turned on; can pin apps, movies, games, etc.
- Cloud storage and "instant" updates; allows playing of media between Xbox One devices (starting on one, completing on another)
- Features can be used within features, such as Skype video while watching a movie.
- Multiple operating systems integrated and running together (Windows OS, "gaming OS")
- Xbox SmartGlass now included. Allows wireless devices to work in conjunction with Xbox One.
- Fantasy football: for those interested in fantasy football, Xbox is teaming with the NFL to provide real-world tracking of player stats, even when users are watching the game.
- Smart Match for multi-player games is designed to match players internationally based on skill, language, and reputation.
The following is a list of known specifications.
- 8 Core AMD CPU
- AMD GPU tailored for DirectX 11.1 graphics
- 32 MB of high-bandwidth embedded ESRAM memory
- 8 GB System Memory (DDR3)
- 500 GB HDD: disc-based games are installed to the HDD automatically
- Blu-Ray drive
- 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
- 1080p and 4K both supported; 7.1 surround sound
- HDMI In and HDMI Out: Connect your cable or satellite box to your Xbox One. HDMI pass-thru enables you to watch TV through your Xbox.
- USB 3.0
- Kinect 2: bundled at launch; 250,000-pixel infra-red depth sensor and 1080p webcam
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Ubisoft Montreal)
- Battlefield 4 (EA Digital Illusions CE)
- Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward)
- FIFA 14 (Electronic Arts)
- Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios)
- Madden NFL 25 (Electronic Arts)
- NBA Live 14 (Electronic Arts)
Initially, the Xbox One was not compatible with Xbox 360 games, much to the disappointment of many fans. At E3 2015, however, it was announced that Microsoft will allow this service. Players to put their discs in the system and manually install it on to the hard drive. From there, the player would be able to access their library without the disc from then on. Microsoft offered a preview of this service for certain players but real service should go into affect sometime in the fall of 2015 .A handful of titles have already been selected to demograph this change, with several more on the way each month.
During and after the revealing of the Xbox One many people were angered by the many restrictions and schemes, mainly but not limited to, "Always On" DRM, higher pricing than their competition (Sony), and the restriction imposed upon trading games. After this outcry, Microsoft rescinded many of these restrictions.