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Microsoft Introduces Next-Generation Xbox
Sort Of.
by Karl Bode 02:58PM Wednesday May 22 2013
Microsoft this week introduced the company's long-awaited successor to the Xbox 360 video game console: the Xbox One. According to Microsoft, their new console will come with 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0 ports, built-in 802.11n, and support for Wi-Fi Direct -- but that's about as technically specific as Microsoft was willing to get. Like Sony, Microsoft held back most of the details ahead of their full reveal at E3, though unlike Sony -- Microsoft did actually show what the console looks like. The company also highlighted how the new Kinect sensor will be dramatically more sensitive and supposedly useful, as well as a new redesigned game pad. Microsoft's full announcement can be found here.

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ztmike
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Typically Microsoft

Along with the console demanding to be connected to the internet (though not to everything on the console like was rumored) and a non user replaceable 500gb harddrive..

O and to play used games? That's an extra fee from Microsoft.

I'll Glady stick to PlayStation which is more relaxed than Microsoft in this department. And from what Sony has said so far they aren't enforcing any of that.
Oedipus

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TV TV TV

»www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ··· gUO-Rqcw
Angrychair

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It's always watching

Rotate C-pod please, Xbox.



Notbuyingit

@bahnhof.se

Re: It's always watching


Corehhi

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Don't be having sex

in front of your Xbox because I'm sure the video will going some where and I don't want to be emotionally scarred if I accidently have to watch you......full HD with sound oh nice.

For all I know the Xbox one was created with the NSA to have a way to monitor a large group of young people in their homes.

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DevOps
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Re: Don't be having sex

xbox one = freevee, except it isn't free

King P
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I'll stick with PlayStation

No thank you Microsoft. I've never really cared for XBOX at all. It looks like Playstation 3 is in my future, and then maybe the PS4 after it's matured a bit.

There is simply too much NOT to like about the XBOX One (which is a stupid name, btw). Kinect is mandatory, and it's always on. A fee to play used games? No thank you. Plus, you have to pay for an Xbox Live subscription, just get apps like Hulu and Netflix. I honestly don't see how XBOX is so popular, considering the amount of money it costs, just to own one.
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me1212

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Pleasant Hill, MO

Re: I'll stick with PlayStation

Dudebros getting high or stoned or drunk and playing cawwadooty or halo online/

BabyBear
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said by King P:

too much NOT to like about the XBOX One (which is a stupid name, btw).

Oh man! Just Wait! With the new naming convention 10 years from now, I can see it now, the Xbox DOS! The DOS based Xbox! Now it makes sense why they went X86! DOS/4G is making a comeback!

And with widescreens we can finally ditch 80 columns of text for 132! Yayyyyy!
me1212

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Re: I'll stick with PlayStation

x86? I thought they were using x86_x64 processors? Since it has 8GB of ram and all don't they need 64 bit?

88615298
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Not enough info on either

Anyone saying this system or that system is "better" is full of it. Neither one has presented near enough info to make that determination. And "better" is subjective anyway. Hell we don't even have pricing on these things yet. In less than 3 weeks E3 will be here and we'll know a lot more then. I'll hold of judgment until then.
Skippy25

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Re: Not enough info on either

Yes, a system running 8gb of memory requires a 64-bit system.
kevinds
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Re: Not enough info on either

No, I was running 8 GB ram using x86 P3's, it is the extra cores that make the difference, but it is a 64 bit system.
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hayabusa3303
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ok but not much info still.

As Ms does just like they always do beat around the bush and wait for E3 to come up..

I will give Ms credit on a few things live tv and voice they have a A+ in that and how fast it responds to the command.

That said now im going to bet its going to be 599 price tag???

ALOT of guessing on the net will Ms do this or do that... Wait for E3 and see what happens then.....

elios

join:2005-11-15
Springfield, MO

Re: ok but not much info still.

PS4 would be the same price or more
same specs but Sony is using more expensive GDDR5 ram

im betting 400 to 450 mark for both

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they haven't show any real world demos yet. that was a presentation, nothing more.

aaronwt
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Re: ok but not much info still.

said by ArrayList:

they haven't show any real world demos yet. that was a presentation, nothing more.

They showed scenes from Call of Duty running on the XBOne.

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DevOps
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Re: ok but not much info still.

as far as I know those were cutscenes. I can't trust anything until I see an end user or critic playing it.

hayabusa3303
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Re: ok but not much info still.

said by ArrayList:

as far as I know those were cutscenes. I can't trust anything until I see an end user or critic playing it.

Agreed sony does the same thing make it look nice and when the game play is running looks like crap..
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The Obsidian Order would be proud...

Mandatory Kinect camera + always online = duct tape over the sensor.
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Re: The Obsidian Order would be proud...

The best may be yet to come. What if the Kinect has to visually identify the user in order to use the system? That would render taping over the sensor ineffective.
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NES

Time to pull the NES out of the closet. There's no need to connect to the internet and used games simply cost.... get this... the cost of the used game. Oh, and the games are a lot less complicated (though not necessarily easier to win).

Corehhi

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Re: NES

I actually play my NES from time to time the graphics really aren't bad. A good game is a good....

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Re: NES

Agreed.

Time to start enjoying our older consoles more - from back before the Internet even existed.

SNES and N64 aren't really that bad graphics-wise (unless you're comparing them to today's technology), and a lot of the games are great.

Who remembers Goldeneye 007 (64) on the N64? Great times.
Oh, and Perfect Dark. Rare made some great games back then.

Banjo-kazooie, etc.
Some of Nintendo's greatest leaps in technology were made back in those days...Just look at Super Mario 64 and compare it to Super Mario Bros.

Of course, the NES was the one who really started it all. We have it and Nintendo to thank for making video games as they are today. Otherwise we may have had everybody and their cereal box making video games, like before the Crash of 1983.

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Re: NES

Ocarina of Time!

I love my N64.. lol
biochemistry
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Re: NES

I got my N64 a few days before the official launch day on September 26, 1996. I'm old enough to remember when IGN held the domain N64.com and the website said "Coming Soon". (They eventually handed the domain over to Nintendo but it goes to show how young the internet was when major corporations didn't have the foresight to reserve their own domains). Only two games were available and I got them both (and still have them): Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64. That system put out two great Zelda games, two of my all time favorite racers in Wave Race 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. Great FPS's in Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Sin and Punishment. The only glaring absence were turn based RPGs. FFVII was a very popular game that helped lead the PSX to domination. However, I think history will be kind to the N64.

Notbuyingit

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Xboned

With this latest iteration of the Xbox console, Microsoft has shown a clear disdain for consumers and its userbase.

Users should be openly hostile to Microsoft's encroachment into user privacy. The Kinect unit is always on with an active microphone. Microsoft is publicly stating that they will not record personally identifiable Kinect data, but it must be identifiable and stored if Microsoft claims of recognizing individual users through voice/facial recognition are accurate. Information will be transmitted back to Microsoft, but how much is uncertain. The Kinect requirement for Xbox one allows Microsoft to profile its users in an invasive way and share/sell that data with its partners and law enforcement despite whatever PR response Microsoft tells the general public.

Xbox One

1. Required - Xbox One will not function without Kinect attached

»www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/43525 ··· istening
»kotaku.com/xbox-one-requires-kin ··· 09112572
»www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/21/ ··· attached

said by "Harvey Eagle - MS Marketing Director" :
"Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes,"

said by "Phil Harrison - MS CVP" :
We aren't using Kinect to snoop on anybody at all. We listen for the word 'Xbox on' and then switch on the machine, but we don't transmit personal data in any way, shape or form that could be personally identifiable to you, unless you explicitly opt into that.

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Redesigned Kinect. It includes a 1080p, HD camera that captures video at 30 frames per second. All new, active-infrared capabilities increase precision, allowing it to work in nearly any lighting condition and expanding field of view to accommodate a greater variety of room sizes. Microsoft proprietary Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. The new noise-isolating multimicrophone array filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms.



2. Required - Internet connection (Xbox one must connect to MS servers every 24 hours)
UPDATE: Microsoft is now running damage control on this admission

»kotaku.com/xbox-one-does-require ··· 09164109
said by "Phil Harrison - MS CVP" :
And here's the bombshell:

Kotaku: If I’m playing a single player game, do I have to be online at least once per hour or something like that? Or can I go weeks and weeks?

Harrison: I believe it’s 24 hours.

Kotaku: I’d have to connect online once every day.

Harrison: Correct.



3. Required - Xbox one games are tied to Xbox Live accounts. Game are non-transferable without paying Microsoft.

»www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013- ··· xbox-one

said by "Phil Harrison - MS CVP" :
The next issue is what happens when you finish with a game and want either to trade it in at a store or sell it on in another way.

"We will have a system where you can take that digital content and trade a previously played game at a retail store," Harrison said. "We're not announcing the details of that today, but we will have announced in due course."

Harrison would not be drawn on how this worked, even as I suggested various scenarios. For example, I asked whether you would need to pay for the second-hand disc at a store and then pay a fee to Microsoft when you got home, a bit like an Online Pass. Harrison wouldn't be drawn.

"Our goal is to make it really customer-centric, really simple and really understandable and we will announce those details in due course."

I got the impression from speaking to him - entirely my inference - that this Online Pass-style scenario of paying twice for second-hand, once at retail and once at home, was not the plan. But Harrison's reluctance to pre-empt this mystery announcement means that it is still a possibility.

To me, the fact that Harrison was talking about a forthcoming announcement rather than just clarifying the detail suggests that whatever strategy Microsoft does have for this second-hand resale process may involve a specific partner. Perhaps Microsoft has done some sort of deal with GameStop or a similar retail entity.

Gandalf4503

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Cohoes, NY

There's a lot...

Of information not included in this article. Mostly the nerd rage inducing ones, which are going to put off a lot of people from buying the console and going to Sony instead. Namely:

1. All games require a full install on the 500 GB harddrive. If you wish to play the game on another Xbox One, you're required to pay a thus far unspecified fee in order to use that game on said Xbox One.

2. Microsoft is all over the place. Instead of focusing on games, they're trying to make a set top box that does everything. There's already enough competition there.

3. Games are going to be linked to your specific account. No more sharing games with your friends, or bringing it over to your friends house to play in their Xbox (unless you want to pay the above specified fee).

4. The Xbox One will need to connect to the internet at least once every 24 hours to play games.

So far Sony is blowing Microsoft out of the water with the PS4 for the simple fact in that:

1. PSN is still free.

2. There's no requirements to connect to the internet at all to play games.

3. Used games won't have any locks nor additional fees.

4. They're integrating a ton of features related to games instead of trying to make a Halo spinoff TV series that has nothing to do with playing video games.

I won't buy a console full price when they come out, as I rarely play consoles anymore, but when I eventually do I already know where my money is going unless something drastically changes between now and the end of the year.

OSUGoose

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Columbus, OH

Re: There's a lot...

1. False, even the event highlighted how you could download the game at a friends Xbox One and play it there without missing a beat.

3. See Number 1

4. That has not been confirmed, having a rep from MSFT stating he's not sure but thinks its 24 hrs means ITS NOT CONFIRMED!

So shut up, and wait till E3 where all these and more will be answered. MSFT held this event to build up excitement for E3 to try and overshadow Sony.
Gandalf4503

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Re: There's a lot...

Microsoft Apologist alert!
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1&3 are definitely true. You can only play games at friends' houses by logging in using your XBOX id.

OSUGoose

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Columbus, OH

Re: There's a lot...

And from there how do you make the leap that you need to pay anything? The signing in is only to sync achievements.
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I'll wait till next year to decide.

I wont be shelling out more than $400 for either system and the fact that neither will be backwards compatible already on the ropes whether to buy either to begin with.

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Goodbye Xbox

Hello PS4

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Xbox One may not be a good idea for People in rural areas...

Since those living in rural areas usually have little, or no, access to broadband internet, they might have to stick with the previous xbox or get a ps4 or a wiiu.
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88615298
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Re: Xbox One may not be a good idea for People in rural areas...

I suspect MS's logic is those people wouldn't pay for a Gold XBL account anyway since they don't have internet and they wouldn't buy any digital content for the same reason thus they are not worth the bother.

88615298
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One good thing

When these new systems come out the 360 and PS3 should drop in price. Maybe time to scoop up a new one then. Then you can keep playing those systems for years.

PacaW97

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One or PS4

Watched the XBox One reveal. Also watched Adam Sessler point out in his twitter feed that all the applause came from employees behind the screens.

Give Microsoft credit for having a lot of new tech.
Now deduct all that credit for their policy decisions -not technical decisions- on how that tech will be used. Kinect being mandatory, hell there's an article out today on how the phone companies are selling consumer data to 3rd parties and people should trust Microsoft with always-on?

Look, I pay for an internet connection, for a television package and can do all the things -albeit less gracefully- than the XBox One today.
Why should I pay for their console, then pay for their network, then pay for a game, pay a fee to play that same game on my friends system, pay for a used game (which really is more like a "trial" - which leads to more sales) and pay another fee to use that purchased used game while the hardware requires me to phone home, requires the Kinect eavesdropping device be connected and a contract that excludes a person from suing Microsoft class-action style for any problems - aka ring of death?

Sony with their Playstation brand doesn't have all these built in restrictions and fees. They could move that direction, but as of today and Microsoft's reveal, Sony is looking like winner come holiday season.

I wish Microsoft the best, they have good developers but their management just doesn't have a clue what real consumers look like or want... and their moving down the road of charging for everything and driving people to adopt technology like the Kinect isn't natural, it's forced. I do hope they change their tune by the E3 conference and drop their policy decisions and just let the technology work unimpeded by financial motivations, if not go read the gamer forums there is a large majority looking to Sony to be the hero come holiday sales time.
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odreian615

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I'll wait for E3

With all thee click bait blogs reporting from other click bait blogs, we just won't know anything.
/I would love for the Xbox 1 or PS4 to hide that horrid Uverse UI
Rekrul

join:2007-04-21
Milford, CT

I'm done with today's games & systems...

It used to be that you could buy a video game system, buy a game, take it home and play it. Today, you have to install it, download patches, have it validated, buy "DLC" that just unlocks content that's already on the disc, etc. Not to mention that most games today are about equal parts gameplay and non-interactive cutscenes. "Oh wow, you just shot some bad guys, let's watch a three minute cutscene!"

The original Xbox came out 12 years ago, and as long as the hardware is still functional, you can still play those games today. Try that with the Xbox One a decade from now when the Xbox Two or Xbox Three is out and MS has dropped all support for XO.

Today's games are about as permanent as smoke.

"Hey jimmy, wanna see what games on the original Atari looked like?"

"Nah, can we play some of those Xbox One games you told me about?"

"Sorry Jimmy, but the Xbox One doesn't work any more since Microsoft turned off the support for it."

CosmicDebri
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Who needs a console anyway?

I've never bought an xbox or playstation, the only console I ever owned was an atari 2600.

That's not saying I'm not a gamer, was a big time gamer for a long time, but PC's always had, and will always have more options, more power and better graphics than consoles.

And now everyone is playing games on their 'smart'phones and tablets and whatnot..... not much incentive to spend another $400 for a piece of equipment that you need to feed $60+ games into every few days because you get an 'awesome' 10-12 hours of game play before you beat it.

Microsoft apparently sees this and agrees, thus creating a console that does a lot of things, that we already have devices for, as well as play games in it's new limited fashion. Good luck with that, and your not getting my money...

Hell, the wife just dug out her kids old GameCube the other day and started playing Harvest Moon and having fun.... until she noticed no memory card, so no saves...lol...... and they aren't that easy to find anymore...... and sadly the gamecube emulator won't run the games on her old laptop... so no Harvest Moon joy for her.....

Speaking of emulators, you can emulate any console on a decent pc now, and download roms from plenty of places if that's your passion.....

But back to the topic at hand.... consoles are on their way out, if I was Average Joe with his ps3 or xbox 360, I'd enjoy what I have and never mind about the new crap, it will all be useless in a few years....
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The Antihero

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Re: Who needs a console anyway?

Agreed. I stopped buying consoles after the SNES. Got tired of these companies coming out with new game systems that weren't backward-compatible with the old games, and not making games for the old systems anymore. At least if I get a new PC, I can still usually play my old games, even if it takes a bit of tweaking.

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well this sucks.

Man the system looks like crap. I don't have cable gaming is one of the reasons why and the fact it costs way too much. So all this media crap is just well crap to me. I got an HTPC I don't want the One with it's locked down controls how you watch media crap.

This is just to help sell MS line of products. Want to watch the movies you buy on the One we'll get a windows phone and a MS tiblit. they want people to be locked into their ecosystem like people are with apple.

Hopefully sony does not screw up this bad or I'll just quit console gaming.