by Anton Shilov
05/21/2013 | 07:44 PM
Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled its highly-anticipated third-generation Xbox video game system called Xbox One. The new game console reflects Microsoft’s vision towards video gaming and entertainment: the system is powerful enough to handle next-generation video-games, but is mostly designed to bring all-new capabilities beyond gaming to the living room.
As expected, Microsoft Xbox One is based on AMD Fusion custom-designed system-on-chip with eight x86 low-power/low-cost Jaguar cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics with GCN architecture (with 32MB ESRAM/EDRAM buffer) as well as 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The console will feature 500GB hard disk drive, Blu-ray disc drive, output of video with up to 4K resolution (3840*2160) using HDMI 1.4 as well as 7.1-channel audio. The new Xbox One will come with completely redesigned Kinect sensor that will feature 1920*1080 RGB camera, improved infrared sensor and enhanced voice controls. The console will feature a number of functions, e.g. TV-cable pass-through that will seamlessly integrate it into the living room.
“Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television and entertainment in a powerful, all-in-one device. Our unique, modern architecture brings simplicity to the living room and, for the first time ever, the ability to instantly switch across your games and entertainment,” said Don Mattrick, president of interactive entertainment business at Microsoft.
To create the most advanced Xbox system ever designed for games, TV and entertainment, Microsoft created a state-of-the-art gaming operating system and fused it with an entertainment platform, so one will not have to switch inputs to watch TV or play a game.
Xbox One is built to amplify an all-new generation of Xbox Live that is more powerful, more personal and more intelligent. Unleashing the virtually unlimited power of the cloud makes everything more convenient and accessible, from allowing games to be installed in segments so that gameplay can start quickly to updates downloading in the background.
Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. Pricing is unknown. Leading video game developers are committed to bring new-generation and exclusive titles to the new platforms.
Some of the breakthrough Xbox One features that put gamers at the center of the living room entertainment include the following: