We now have a clearer picture of when the Xbox One will release, what games the console will release with, and even a price point to go on. Pre-orders have already begun, but some people might not be clear on all the details, so with that in mind, we’re here to help give you all the known information regarding Microsoft’s latest console.
Xbox One will release this November, but we don’t have an exact date as this point and time. We also know that the price for the Xbox One will be $499, as of yet we haven’t heard of any subsidized version of the console, but seeing that Microsoft has had some success with the Xbox 360 and that plan, it could be something they announce later in the year, perhaps Microsoft wanted to gauge the initial pre-order numbers before committing to a cheaper plan.
We know there is a Day One Edition of the Xbox One, the Day One Edition includes an Xbox One console, Kinect sensor, specially labeled controller and an HDMI cable. The controller is marked with the phrase “Day One 2013”. These consoles are supposed to be on a limited run. Also included with this edition of the Xbox One is an exclusive Achievement that unlocks. While we don’t fully know the release date in November, Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One will launch in 21 markets worldwide in November.
The Xbox One controller has seen over 40 improvements over the Xbox 360’s version, one of the most requested was the D-pad, which now looks more like a traditional pad, this should offer improved recognition of movements in fighting games, and offer a better feel of when you actually push the D-pad in, as opposed to the current Xbox 360’s D-pad, which is a bit mushy. The triggers are also more streamlined and offer rumble in them, this is something completely new and revolutionary, game developers can add feedback for shooters, and the implication for racing games is that it’ll add new levels of immersion.
What Xbox One offers:
An 8-core x86 processor lets you instantly switch between a game and your entertainment apps with ease.
8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive for your games, movies, demo’s and applications.
Blu-ray-Watch movies and play games in stunning HD with a built in Blu-ray player.
Something that was a bit of a surprise announcement was the Twitch TV partnership Microsoft announced at E3, it means you can stream all of your games through the service, all in full HD, so no need to buy expensive capture devices for streaming and capturing gameplay footage. You can effortlessly edit and upload clips, even add commentary while streaming through Kinect.
Play games without waiting for installs:
We’ve learned that you need to install every game on the Xbox One, and that brought back some painful memories of waiting around for your installs with the PS3, well Microsoft has solved that problem completely.
With Xbox One, you can start playing immediately as games install. And updates install seamlessly in the background, so your games and entertainment won’t be interrupted.
Improved SmartGlass integration:
Xbox SmartGlass turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox One. Navigate with your touch screen, pinch, and tap to surf the Web on your TV. Your wireless device becomes the ideal companion to your Xbox One as it serves up extended experiences of your favorite TV shows, movies, music, games, and sports.
New and improved Xbox Live:
Xbox Live Gold membership offers Xbox One owners a premium service that unlocks a new generation of online gaming and entertainment experiences, including an expanded list of friends that lets you stay connected and play with more people through Xbox Live. Not only does an existing Xbox Live Gold membership for Xbox 360 carry over to Xbox One,and now anyone in your home can access most Gold member benefits on your Xbox One at no additional cost. Your Gold membership also travels with you wherever you go, turning any console into your own.
- Increased friends list on Xbox Live
- Improved Reputation system that rewards good, clean players.
- Improved matchmaking with multiplayer games, no more waiting around for the match to begin.
- Ability to record, edit, share and broadcast. With Game DVR and Upload Studio
- Dedicated servers to help combat cheaters and host advantages.
Gaming with the cloud:
Thanks to 300,000 servers, the Xbox One allows developers to use their cloud servers as a means to amp up the processing power. We’ll see some of this right out of the gate with Forza Motorsport 5 and its Drivatar system, and later on with games like TitanFall, which will use the cloud for physics, A.I. and more.
Microsoft unveiled an impressive lineup of games for launch date, as well as the launch window, we are going to list every confirmed game coming to the Xbox One, but here are a few of the exclusive launch date highlights.
- Ryse: Son Of Rome
- Quantum Break
- Killer instinct
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Dead Rising 3
- Kinect Sports Rivals