Unless you’re living under a rock, you know all about the reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft’s successor to the Xbox 360. In the one-hour event at Microsoft’s Xbox Campus, the Xbox One was unveiled, showing the actual console (including a new Kinect and controller), multimedia features, Skype integration, sports, the internal workings of the device, and I think there were a couple games in there somewhere.
The Xbox One conference started off showing the console’s compatibility with your existing TV services as Yusuf Mehdi switched between live TV, the 2009 Star Trek movie and even opened a Skype call while he was doing this. The gestures and voice commands actually looked pretty slick, and I could see this being a huge reason to buy the Xbox One for some people.
Microsoft’s Marc Whitten then detailed the inner workings of the Xbox One including the three operating systems powering it and went over the new Xbox SmartGlass features that will come when the new console launches. The Xbox One will have a new Kinect and controller, as mentioned above, and I have to say the controller looks pretty neat. The console will feature an 8-core CPU, 8GB of RAM and 500GBs of memory, and, interestingly, will have a Blu-Ray player.
In a disappointingly small segment, some games were shown off, including EA Sport’s new lineup running on the Ignite engine, Forza 5 and Remedy’s Quantum Break, one of the “eight new IPs” launching in year one for the XBox One.
That’s about it for the exciting news except for the announcement of a Halo live-action series helmed by Steven Spielberg and a Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer.
More is expected to come at E3, but what do you guys think about the reveal? What do you think about the features of the Xbox One? Were you expecting more games? Anything that sold the console for you? Anything you’re still waiting to hear?