Just a little while ago from their Redmond campus, Microsoft finally pulled the curtain and gave us all the big reveal on their successor to the Xbox 360 – The Xbox One, announcing that it will be available later in 2013. Not to be confused with the old classic Xbox 1, the new unit is geared to be an all-in-one box as described by Xbox exec Don Mattrick. Sitting next to the this all-in-one box was a new Kinect sensor, as well as the newly designed controller. I watched the live stream (well as much as I could) and while it didn’t provide a ton of helpful information, there was some.
As for the rest of the livestream itself, there was a big to-do about the partnership between Xbox and EA, showing off a bunch of games from EA Sports including FIFA, UFC, Madden and FIFA, all to be released over the next year. The EA montage came with the unveiling of EA Ignite, an engine designed “specifically to help us blur the line between the real and the virtual,” according to Andrew Wilson.
- Processor: Custom AMD chip, 8-core GPU, DirectX 11.1, 32MB ESRAM (28nm chip for those interested in fabrication)
- Memory: 8GB RAM (DD3)
- Storage: 500GB internal hard drive
- Audio/Video: 1080p and 4K support, can do 7.1 surround
- Connectivity: HDMI 1.4 output/passthrough, USB 3.0, WiFi Drect