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Microsoft Corp. revealed on Tuesday that its next-generation video game console will not require an “always on” Internet connection, however, many of Xbox One’s functions will depend on the new cloud services by the software giant so significantly that a rapid connection will actually be needed to enjoy the new entertainment platform from Microsoft.

“Xbox One does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We are designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection,” a statement by Microsoft reads.

Just like its predecessor, Microsoft Xbox One will update itself using the Internet. Besides, it will install games onto a local 500GB hard drive and will ensure that the titles are also updated. What is important is that games and entertainment are stored and saved in the cloud, so one can access them anytime, from any Xbox One, provided that he or she uses his Xbox Live account. Quite naturally, the Xbox One’s social features will also require Internet connection.

Another interesting thing is that Xbox One does “attach” a particular video game copy to a particular Xbox Live account. Therefore, if one wants to install a used game to a new console with a new Xbox Live account, he or she must pay a fee. A good news is that Xbox One is designed to “enable customers to trade in and resell games”, but no actual details are available at this time.

Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Pricing is not known.

Tags: Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox Next, Durango, Xbox One

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0 3 [Posted by: MarleneLuis35  | Date: 05/22/13 09:30:20 AM]
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I've heard about those "live cam" sites.....
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 05/23/13 10:33:17 PM]
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Do we know about the GPU specifics between the Xbox One and PS4 yet? I mean, beyond the memory differences.

At least from what I could tell of the in-game demos they were showing, both the PS4 and the Xbox One looked impressive, and I didn't really notice an advantage for one or the other.
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/22/13 10:34:06 AM]
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Check anandtech they did a comparison between both system http://www.anandtech.com/...compared-to-playstation-4
0 0 [Posted by: Amir Anuar  | Date: 05/22/13 10:50:58 AM]
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Thank you! That's a great summary.
0 0 [Posted by: bluvg  | Date: 05/22/13 03:16:37 PM]
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*coughripoffcough*
How many people can afford to have an always on internet connection and the subsequent upload and download costs from gaming?
I think "cloud" storage should be optional if it is already being stored on the hard drive.
0 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 05/23/13 10:37:16 PM]
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xbox one require internet for its many HD multimedia features, which requires a fast at least 8Mbps and good quality internet –how many countries have this ? even china and india’s (2nd and 3rd largest economies ) average internet speed is around 1-1.5 Mbps with considerable connection drops , than how that HD multimedia will work, I think xbox one is made for US only.
Who will talk on Skype in front of TV I think we all use when we are walking, in our garden , in kitchen, or when doing some work
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