So the next iteration of the Xbox was finally revealed and Microsoft is calling their new system the Xbox One. From what I gather the name implies the box will be and all-in-one type of system or if you prefer the one box to rule them all. Nerd. Anyway, the system seems powerful enough but Microsoft didn’t really want to waste to much time getting into that. It will have 8 GBs of RAM which is important for porting games to and from the Playstation 3 and as we all predicted will come with a Blu Ray player. Thank goodness.
A few games were revealed with the most exciting of the bunch being Remedy’s Quantum Break. If you know Remedy you know they are masterful story tellers and with the type of action that was revealed this will be one to watch. Besides Quantum Break, Microsoft revealed that they will release no less than 15 games in the first year of the Xbox One, eight of which will be new IPs. Which leads me to wonder if Microsoft actually has seven games they can make sequels for.
The Xbox One will be able to edit and share gameplay footage but Microsoft didn’t spend too much time on that either, what they did take a lot of time to talk about was their multimedia functions. Being able to watch live TV is very cool and being able to see your fantasy league updates in realtime is even cooler. The Xbox One will be able to multitask in a similar way that Windows 8 can. Snapping a second windows to the left of your main window will allow you to search Bing, pull up stats for the game you are watching, and in theory do almost anything the system can do.
The system seems fast. The new Kinect has been upgraded to probably what Microsoft originally envisioned and responsiveness was very impressive. Switching from live TV, to gameplay, to Internet Explorer was buttery smooth. Last time I ever use buttery smooth to describe something I promise.
In typical Microsoft fashion, the reveal was heavily geared towards the casual market, so we only saw a few games, Forza 5, Madden, UFC, and Call of Duty Ghosts among them.
I need to sit on all the info for a bit before I give my full impressions but I’ll say I’m happy about what I saw if not a bit unsurprised.
Oh one more thing, the new controller looks pretty good, they fixed the D-pad which is great but the handles seem to my eyes a big wider apart. Odd. Thank you Wired for the image.