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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Xbox One Release date, Price, Specifications and Review :

The Xbox One is an upcoming video game console from Microsoft. Announced on May 21, 2013, it is the successor to the Xbox 360 and the third console in the Xbox family of consoles. The Xbox One is scheduled for release across North America, several European markets, Australia and New Zealand on November 22, 2013, with later release in Japan and the remaining European markets in 2014. It will directly compete with Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U as part of the eighth generation
of video game consoles. Microsoft and various publications have classified the device as an "all-in-one entertainment system," making it a competitor to other home media devices such as the Apple TV and the Google TV platform.

Moving away from the PowerPC based architecture used in the Xbox 360 and moving back into the x86 architecture used in the first Xbox, the console features an AMD processor built around the x86-64 instruction set. The console places an increasing emphasis on entertainment and integration with the Kinect peripheral, offering the ability to use an existing set-top box to watch live television programming (augmented by an enhanced program guide with support for voice commands), a built-in Skype client, and improved second screen support. The console also provides new functionality for use in games, such as an expanded Xbox Live service, improved Kinect functionality, cloud computing, the ability to automatically record and share video highlights from gameplay, and integrated support for live streaming gameplay online.

The Xbox One is a powerful piece of hardware with 8GB RAM, 64-bit processors and plenty more muscle. But as time passes this hardware will age. As Xbox One Director of development Boyd Multerer pointed out, "You'll still have a limited number of transistors in your house; in your box."
Not much is known about the Xbox One GPU, but a Microsoft representative has told "AMD is our primary partner for the custom silicon that makes up our GPU/CPU SOC that is the heart of Xbox One."
But the Xbox One is built to communicate with servers in the cloud to increase the computational potential of the system. Boyd continued "[As a developer] I can start doing things like shifting latency insensitive things to the cloud. You may have a limited number of transistors in your house, but you have an unlimited number of transistors in the cloud"
As bandwidth improves, there is potential for actual game computations to be off-loaded to servers in the cloud, essentially allowing the Xbox One to become more powerful over time as more and more transistors are connected to Microsoft's cloud infrastructure.

  • Release Date: November 22, 2013
  • Price: Around $650

Xbox One Specifications: 

Feature Xbox One
Optical Drive Blu-Ray/DVD 
Game DVR Yes, Upload Studio
HDCP Encryption No for games
8GB DDR3 + 32MB eSRAM embedded memory 
Flash Memory
8GB Flash Memory 
8 Core AMD custom CPU
Frequency: 1.75 GHz
GPU Clock Speed 853 MHz GPU
500 GB Hard Drive, External Hard Drive [n]
Second Screen
SmartGlass App on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows 8 
Cloud Storage Yes, Free Unlimited 
Mandatory Game Installs Yes 
Required Internet Connection After Day One patch, No
Used Game Fee No 
Backwards Compatibility None 
Cross Game Chat Skype, Party Chat [n]
Motion Control Kinect 2
Voice Commands Yes 
Subscription Service Xbox Live
Required for Online Play 
USB USB 3.0 
Live Streaming Yes, With Twitch.TV
Reputation Preservation Achievements will be ported 
Web Connection Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 
Wifi Direct Built-in (A/B/G/N dual-band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz)
A/V Hookups
HDMI input and output (4K support)
DirectX 11.2
Mouse and Keyboard Support  Possible Support in the Future 

Games available for Xbox One:

51 games will be released during the console's initial launch window including console exclusives like Titanfall and Forza Motorsport 5, as well as mlulti-platform games such as Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and FIFA 14.
You can buy them in store on a Blu-ray disc (and insert it once and save the game to the 500GB hard drive) or you can download them from the Xbox Live online store.
Here is the full list of the Xbox One launch line up:
  • Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft)
  • Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision)
  • Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios)
  • Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft)
  • FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft)
  • Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios)
  • Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft)
  • Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios)
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios)
  • Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports)
  • NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts)
  • Need for Speed: Rivals (Ghost Games, Electronic Arts)
  • Peggle 2 (Popcap, Electronic Arts)
  • Powerstar Golf (Zoe Mode, Microsoft Studios)
  • Ryse: Son of Rome (Crytek, Microsoft Studios)
  • Skylanders: Swap Force (Vicarious Visions, Activision)
  • Watch Dogs (Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft)
  • Zoo Tycoon (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios)
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party (ZoĆ« Mode, Majesco)

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