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Microsoft (MSFT) unveils the Xbox One, a 3rd-gen console it pitches as "the ultimate all-in-one...

Microsoft (MSFT) unveils the Xbox One, a 3rd-gen console it pitches as "the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system. The device has a rectangular, set-top box-like shape, a slightly bigger controller. a revamped Xbox Live UI, improved app/game loading and switching times, and fresh voice/gesture controls. AMD is widely believed to provide an integrated CPU/GPU for the system. (live blog) (previous)
Comments (53)
  • Do you have to stand up watching TV with Xbox 1 now?


    No cozy sofa :(
    21 May 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
  • lol obviously not but you can't exactly give a presentation sitting down...


    so far other then it looking like a VHS system everything looks fantastic
    21 May 2013, 01:25 PM Reply Like
  • hahaha that is exactly what I was thinking, I half expected to find an RCA label on the side of it and a VHS pop out
    21 May 2013, 02:07 PM Reply Like
  • This thing looks amazing (feature-wise). 300k servers for Xbox Live, smart glass, full cloud integration, new controller, redesigned Kinect. Cya PS4.
    21 May 2013, 01:27 PM Reply Like
  • And adios iTV
    21 May 2013, 02:12 PM Reply Like
  • I hate to say it, but it looks like the WiiU is DOA compared to the alternative. The original Wii sales relied on 'first to market' motion control; which is no longer an advantage. Now it only has the Mario and Zelda franchises to keep sales going... not sure if that's going to be enough.


    Sony doesn't seem to have a cohesive plan for the PS4, they just tried to "out hardware" the previous generation. I hope we don't see half assed online and multiplayer experiences like the PS3.


    Microsoft is way ahead of the competition with its Win8 Kernel, SmartGlass integration, and Xbox Live. We'll see how we'll they execute.
    21 May 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • XBOX is a winner! They took out all the stops!
    21 May 2013, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • EA Games looked pretty awesome
    21 May 2013, 01:36 PM Reply Like
  • They don't talk about the GPU ... seemingly the PS4's is stronger. With everything being very similar, that's somewhat surprising (the rumors already said this).
    21 May 2013, 01:37 PM Reply Like
  • Nah, tops would be a Win8 Xbox tablet! Biz and entertainment marriage like no other! Don 't see it any time soon, sad, really sad!
    21 May 2013, 01:38 PM Reply Like
  • Wanna,


    The surface is a gaming tablet. It has Xbox arcade games already coming out for it and the Xbox controller for games is already supported, surface is on its way up.
    22 May 2013, 02:04 AM Reply Like
  • The new Kinect does seem superior to anything that Sony is offering.
    21 May 2013, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • MSFT is already well valued- time to short Sony?
    21 May 2013, 01:44 PM Reply Like
  • Mitz, has a Blu-ray player...licensed by Sony. It was inevitable and proves that used games are here to stay...ala...GME. SNE and GME may get a boost from these factors.
    22 May 2013, 02:03 AM Reply Like
  • But the real question is, will it play .mkv files? You guys know what I'm talking bout.....
    21 May 2013, 01:49 PM Reply Like
  • The 360 can stream mkvs when used as a windows media extender. It probably won't support on hard drive though. Htpc is more convenient for watching mkvs
    21 May 2013, 02:12 PM Reply Like
  • I wish MSFT would hurry and say it's an AMD APU!!
    21 May 2013, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • See the article on's GadgetLab... it's already confirmed to be an AMD chipset.
    21 May 2013, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • I don't doubt it is, but I was hoping for an official press release to trim my position a little. Also, the gesture control screams AMD, even without an 'official' release - but thanks, I'll check out wired's gadget lab article.


    do you have a link for it?
    21 May 2013, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • I hear ya... I was watching the entire MSFT presentation waiting for those three magic letters (AMD) to come out on the screen. But it will be common knowledge soon enough as reporters attend the various MSFT booths and such in the post-presentation presentations.
    21 May 2013, 02:30 PM Reply Like
  • @ loose, I couldn't find the actual link to it - do you have the wired link?
    21 May 2013, 02:40 PM Reply Like
    21 May 2013, 02:44 PM Reply Like
  • thanks!
    21 May 2013, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • got tired of the live event
    sorta like a politician , blah blahblab blah blah
    21 May 2013, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Did they announce that AMD would power this thing?
    21 May 2013, 02:55 PM Reply Like


    engadget says it has an APU.
    21 May 2013, 03:17 PM Reply Like
  • In a statement following the event, AMD’s Saeid Moshkelani, head of the company’s “Semi-Custom” chip division, remarked,


    AMD is very excited to be working with Microsoft on their next-generation Xbox One. The Microsoft Xbox One leverages a single-chip, semi-custom AMD APU, with custom components co-developed with Microsoft designed to enable unique attributes of the system Microsoft is bringing to market.
    21 May 2013, 03:28 PM Reply Like
  • got tired of the live event
    sorta like a politician , blah blahblab blah blah
    I'll read anand tech or toms-hardware tonight
    21 May 2013, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • I wonder now if they will screw the whole thing up by requiring "always online" games, even single player ones..
    21 May 2013, 04:05 PM Reply Like
  • @ decider, i believe MSFT had an official response that it would be left up to the game devs. google it.
    21 May 2013, 05:56 PM Reply Like
  • You mean "Bing It"
    21 May 2013, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • touche
    21 May 2013, 08:23 PM Reply Like
  • Additional plays on this, AMD, GME, and possibly SNE.
    22 May 2013, 02:00 AM Reply Like
  • Bing is great, earned a $5 gift card to app store just by searching, has also $15 gift card to flowers, $5 gift card for Amazon, ect...put in 20 entries for a Lumina 928.


    Bing it!
    22 May 2013, 02:02 AM Reply Like
  • Xbox One runs three operating systems, including cut-down Windows for apps


    Very interesting stuff.


    "The latest update out of the currently unfolding announcement in Redmond: the next-generation Xbox will run three operating systems simultaneously. Complementing Windows 8 and RT on PCs and tablets, there'll be a third distinct version of Microsoft's operating system that has been pared down specifically for the new console. This will be the main system OS used to run apps such as Skype and other non-game titles downloaded from the Xbox storefront. At the same time, virtualization technology similar to Microsoft's Hyper-V will be used to allocate the bulk of system resources to a second, dedicated "Xbox OS" when the user loads up a game. This game OS will remain a fixed entity throughout the life of the console, so that game developers can be confident their games will run regardless of how much the Windows side of the machine gets updated. Finally, the third OS sounds like a small layer to assist with the virtualization, allowing the two main personalities of the console to talk to each other."
    21 May 2013, 07:47 PM Reply Like
  • Another interesting tidbit:


    " These panes could could allow a user to play full-fledged Xbox games while also seeing their fantasy football app or Skype chat updating in a overlaid Windows pane. The multi-OS system also makes sense in relation to the HDMI passthrough feature, which will allow 1080p output from a separate source such as a cable box to be played in a window while another app or game is also running on top or alongside."
    21 May 2013, 07:51 PM Reply Like
  • I don't think anyone really wants to play windowed games.
    21 May 2013, 07:53 PM Reply Like
  • Disagree Paulo


    Getting WhatsApp, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, Skype, Angry Birds etc on your XBox will be a huge draw.


    Also being able to Skype while gaming is a big deal.


    I think it's very exciting.
    21 May 2013, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • How many people have you ever seen playing games in windows, using windows instead of full screen?
    21 May 2013, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • @ Paulo - several. It's probably not the most common way to play, but some people prefer it.
    21 May 2013, 08:58 PM Reply Like
  • I do it all the time - play Hold'em on Windows 8 while reading in the side pane or flicking thru music apps
    21 May 2013, 09:33 PM Reply Like
  • Trsanscripts, I mean demanding action games, for which consoles are usually used.
    21 May 2013, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • Oh yeah, I think that feature will become most relevant in terms of Skype, fantasy stats, etc., when watching TV/sporting events. In Win8, I find that feature quite useful; would love the ability to adjust the size of the pane split (50/50 would be useful sometimes), and hoping it will come with Blue.
    21 May 2013, 09:59 PM Reply Like
  • Skyping while playing would be great. Especially if you're playing something like a zombie survival game together. Imagine playing L4D or something scarier.
    21 May 2013, 10:04 PM Reply Like
  • Also, and lets not forget... You're sitting at the XBox and you are now done gaming.. You now launch your music player, and start a video chat with mom and dad in China.


    Paulo, the whole point of this thing is that it goes beyond 'full screen games' It's much more - including a TV Tuner
    21 May 2013, 11:13 PM Reply Like
  • That's easy you use multiple screens.
    22 May 2013, 02:03 AM Reply Like
  • Here comes the sell on the news....
    21 May 2013, 09:54 PM Reply Like
  • Yawn. No wow factor. It is the same old with better specs.


    We spend more time in iPad than on console game machines.
    21 May 2013, 11:02 PM Reply Like
  • Maybe people over the age of 16.
    21 May 2013, 11:08 PM Reply Like
  • people still use iPads?
    22 May 2013, 01:35 AM Reply Like
  • does this support more then 1 monitor?
    24 May 2013, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • I'm surprised no one is talking about the issue that xbox one is not backwards compatible with 360 games and if you lend the game to someone else, they have to pay for it, basically re selling the game.
    9 Jun 2013, 02:25 AM Reply Like
  • Both are terrible features for consumers, although the first is the same with PS4 as well. Check out my article addressing some of the problems with the Xbox One as I see them:

    9 Jun 2013, 09:01 AM Reply Like
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