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Yesterday's Xbox One announcement did little to impress most of the tech community. We were expecting to see truly innovative things like IllumiRoom, and much higher graphics quality levels than what Microsoft delivered.
Independent game developers such as Minecraft's Markus "Notch" Persson said that "I tried to get excited about the Xbox One, but failed.". Developer of Super Meat Boy, Tommy Refenes chimed in with his thoughts as well. "So as someone who doesn't play Forza or any EA Sports games and already has a computer hooked up to my TV, what does Xbox One offer me?"
With big name Indie developers turning their nose up at the new console, and the majority of the tech world appearing to be quite unimpressed, it leaves one to wonder what was Microsoft thinking? Of course, there are just as many of the non-techies who want to do nothing more than play FIFA and Madden, and still be able to watch TV, with just a shout of one's voice.
Last night we bought you a live blog of the Microsoft Xbox One event, where we shared some details at the time of the specifications of Microsoft's next-gen console. Now we have some more details, not all, but more details on their console, which we'll show you below:
- CPU: 8-core custom-built processor by Microsoft
- GPU: DirectX 11.1 GPU with 32MB of embedded memory
- RAM: 8GB of DDR3 RAM
- Storage: 500GB
- Optical Drive: Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
- I/O: USB 3.0
- Communications: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n & Wi-Fi Direct
- Connectivity: HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output
- Controller: Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad
- Motion Control: Next-gen Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera
- Price: TBA
- Availability: Later this year
The new Xbox One is quite the machine, especially its new Kinect sensor. The Kinect sensor, which is now included and a required part of the Xbox, will respond to voice commands, even when off. It was pretty cool when the Xbox One turned on simply by saying "Xbox on."
But then reality set in. This means that the Xbox is always listening to you, even when off. It has the ability to understand and process what you're saying when the device is off. And this is where the privacy concerns set it. Now, let's be clear: We aren't saying Microsoft is recording everything that the Xbox One hears, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.
We highly doubt that Microsoft would ever use the Kinect to spy on consumers. We're more worried about a possible virus or malicious actor gaining access to the Kinect sensors that will be on every Xbox One. After all, the new Xbox uses a PC architecture and runs a Windows kernel so it's not beyond the realm of possibility that this could happen.
We'll have to wait until some more information is made available by Microsoft, but this does give me reason to hold off on purchasing a new Xbox One.
If you followed our Live Coverage of the Xbox One reveal, you'll know that I was quite excited by Call of Duty: Ghosts, specifically the inclusion of dogs. During the Xbox event, Activision/Infinity Ward showed of the world premiere trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts. That trailer has now been published to YouTube:
Pre-orders were also put up with the trailer at Call of Duty's website. As expected, the game will set you back right around $60, which is the going rate for an Xbox 360 game. Pre-orders for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version are not currently available.
Watch the trailer above and let us know what you think of the game!
Xbox One will not feature support for Xbox 360 games, will play original Xbox games through emulation
Bad news for those who have a large Xbox 360 game library: the new Xbox One will not feature backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games. According to Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten, there will be zero backwards compatibility, mostly due to the fact that the architectures are completely different.
No, there's not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective.
Not only will Xbox 360 discs not work, any Xbox Live Arcade game built for the Xbox 360 will need to be rebuilt to support the new platform. However, the Xbox One will support many titles from the original Xbox through emulation. Furthermore, Microsoft has no plans of discontinuing the Xbox 360 meaning you'll be able to buy a new one should yours break for the foreseeable future.
Today's news will mostly be about the Xbox One since it is the major announcement of the day...probably of the week. NVIDIA has sent out a press release saying that PhysX will be supported by the new Xbox One. NVIDIA has said that they will provide the PhysX SDK for Xbox developers so they can take advantage of the features offered by PhysX.
Mike Skolones, product manager for the PhysX SDK at NVIDIA:
We are excited to extend our PhysX and APEX technologies to Microsoft's Xbox One console. We look forward to the Xbox developer community taking advantage of PhysX and APEX along with Xbox One's processing power, programmability and next-generation features to design cutting-edge games that deliver an unparalleled and ultra-realistic experience.
PhysX is a technology developed by NVIDIA to allow game environments to be more realistic. It offers developers the ability to add higher quality and quantity destructible objects, make smoke and other particle-based fluids, and create life-like clothing to create more realism in a game.
Today has been a big day for gaming news! First we got to take a look at the new Microsoft Xbox One and now Electronic Arts has confirmed Battlefield 4 will be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and newly announced Xbox One. This wasn't a completely unexpected announcement and we expect to see more of Battlefield 4 at Microsoft's E3 event June 10.
DICE, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc.,today announced that the highly-anticipated action blockbuster Battlefield 4 will be available this holiday for early-adopters of the next-generation hardware systems: Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation 4. Powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 delivers a genre-defining all-out war experience brought to life with unmatched visual and audio fidelity, superior character animations and dynamic destruction that ensures no two matches are alike. Battlefield 4 will be available October 29 for the Xbox 360 game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and PC. Battlefield 4 will also be available for the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
EA notes that players who pre-order Battlefield 4 will be treated to the Battlefield 4 China Rising premium digital expansion pack for free. China Rising DLC brings with it four multiplayer maps with new vehicles and hgih-tech military equipment. If you're a true die-hard, EA is offering hte Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
Oh no! Microsoft has confirmed that used games would require a fee to work. According to Wired, Microsoft has confirmed that games will be installed to the HDD and then can be run without the disc. This means that games will need to be tied to an account or a single game disc could be passed around by numerous Xbox players.
Microsoft confirmed that a second account looking to use a game disc would be required to pay a fee to install the game on their system. The details don't appear to be fully worked out quite yet. For instance, what if the second user wanted to just play the game off the disc without installing? Would that still require the fee?
This brings about another interesting issue. Currently, most retailers accept opened games for an exchange if they are defective. However, one could theoretically install the game, exchange it saying it was defective, and then sell the newly exchanged game that is still sealed in a package. Retailers will likely not go for this meaning that we can expect the exchange policy to be tightened or ended completely. Yikes!
UPDATED: Wow. We're here, the first look at Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next-generation of Call of Duty. Gone is the same engine that has been retooled for nearly a decade now... a truly next-gen engine is at play with some incredibly impressive graphics.
So, Call of Duty: Ghosts is pretty much bringing technology to the level of Battlefield. Infinity Ward say they needed next-gen consoles to bring us 'lean' and jumping over walls so you 'feel it'. Guys and girls, they have mo-capped dogs - you read that right, they put motion capture on dogs.
Updated title, DLC will be hitting the Xbox One first, not COD: Ghosts itself.
Microsoft of course want to take the time during their next-generation console, the Xbox One, to talk games. FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live and UFC are all to launch on the Xbox One from EA and will be "revolutionary" and "fundamentally change the way you play".
EA Sports Ignite, an all-new gaming engine is unveiled from EA for the Xbox One. The graphics are getting ramped up, and now we're going to see some next-generation gaming from EA and their sports games. Ignite features 'true player motion' for some fluid looking characters in-game, the advanced processing power in the Xbox One allows the games from Ignite to have much smarter artificial intelligence (AI).