Posted by David Court 10 July 2013
Xbox One preview: Microsoft's next-generation games console is a step upwards
New features, specs and release date of the Xbox One.
Xbox One UK release date
Microsoft has confirmed that the release date for the Xbox One will be around November 2013...just in time for Christmas. See also: Microsoft Xbox One could get an upgrade before launch.
Xbox One UK price
The first thing that we need to discuss is the Xbox One's price. With prices starting at £429 you'd have to admit that the Xbox One isn't a cheap console. That said Microsoft is hardly ripping you off here, as the spec of the Xbox one is pretty impressive (see below). In fact, if you were to buy a traditional PC with this sort of spec then you'd think it was a bargain. The problem is that Sony's next generation console the PS4 is also an impressive piece of kit, but is set to cost only £349 (albeit you have to buy the PlayStation Eye to have a similar feature set to the Xbox). See also: PS4 vs Xbox One games console comparison review.
Xbox One specs
• 8 Core x86 AMD CPU
• 8 GB System Memory
• 500 GB HDD
• Blu-ray Drive
• 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi direct
• Gigabit Ethernet
• HDMI in/Out, 1080p, 4K support, Optical out
• USB 3.0
One the major new features of the Xbox One is the built-in Kinect camera. Microsoft has included this revolutionise the way you interact with your video games and other home entertainment features. The all-new Kinect is said to be “More precise. More responsive. More intuitive. Its unparalleled voice, vision, and motion technology lets you reach into games and entertainment like never before." In essence it allows you interact with your console via voice, gesture and controller, both when playing games and navigating around your home entertainment system.
Xbox One and the Cloud
According to Microsoft, the Xbox One "unleashes the power of the cloud [and] connects you to thousands of games, songs, TV shows, movies and sports. More importantly, it's a scalable source of power that will grow stronger over time. Best of all, your games and profile are stored in the cloud, so every Xbox One console behaves like your very own. And because it's all one service, your Xbox Live Gold membership will work on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One."
The Xbox One as a whole is more of a complete entertainment system that its processor the Xbox 360. It's obviously still primarily a gaming console, but there are some nice add-ons that make this console more appealing for those people looking for more. In the US at least it works as a connected smart TV, web browser, communications device and movie player. We need to see just how this works out in the UK, as much of it will depend on licensing agreements for content from music and TV providers.
Xbox One games
Several Xbox One games have been announced, including Assassin's Creed 4, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Fifa 14; Halo for the Xbox One and Need for Speed Rivals. Take at IGN's list of confirmed Xbox One games to find out more.