Xbox One : The Reveal
The Xbox One Reveal took place today at 6pm (UK time), here are the interesting things announced today!
“You and your TV are going to have a relationship.” – Interesting start.
“Where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place.” – Sounds like what we are expecting in terms of integration, both with apps and Kinect.
“Design and build an all-in-one system” – Very IKEA ...
Xbox One. The name revealed. The system looks like a shiny boxy SKY device. With a proper d-pad!
“The All In One Experience” Talking about it connecting with other living room devices.
New Forza to be announced.
Switching between gaming, TV and music with almost instant voice commands and hand gestures, that looks impressive. Kinect suddenly seems useful.
Multi screening on one device, nice.
Smart glass allows you to interact with the system.
This feels like a combination of Siri style features with full TV services. If they pull this off, it might be the first integrated console ever to have mass appeal.
The System – 8 core CPU, near silent operation, USB 3.0, combining xbox dashboard and Windows architecture, Kinect (1080p) included as expected. Feedback directly into the trigger buttons, better dpad.
‘Kinect can read your heartbeat’ What?!
New Xbox Live – Content stored in cloud, saves, music, movies. Intelligent TV, Skype. Can DVR game footage and upload to cloud. Achievements more dynamic – stories of what you’ve done.
EA – Broad partnership between EA and Microsoft. FIFA, Madden NFL, NBA Live and UFC, all powered by the new Ignite engine. “Ten times more animation depth and detail.” Daily stream that affects the game as you play via Xbox Live. Exclusive content for Fifa 14 Ultimate Team, only on xbox (we presume the Ultimate team bit).
Microsoft Studios – Forza Motorsport 5, a launch title. It looks impressive, but images aren’t in game. Plan to launch more than 15 exclusive games, of which 8 are new franchises.
Remedy – Quantum Break. Combining the worlds of gaming and television. ‘Time is the fire in which we burn.’
Halo – Live action Halo Television series, in partnership between Steven Spielberg and 343 Studios. That could be something brilliant, or possibly terrible.
Major NFL Tie-In – Exclusive content through Smart Glass and Kinect, for real time fantasy football updates and so on.
Launching around the world later in 2013.
World Premiere: Call of Duty: Ghosts – All DLC content will launch first on Xbox One. Stephen Gagan assisting on story. Brand new engine (as you would expect). Fluid dynamics, interactive smoke, fish that get out of your way! Dynamic maps, traps, door, creating new dynamics to levels. Increased character customisation. Still 60fps, low latency controls, hurrah! In engine, in game footage. The game certainly looks impressive, the level of detail is much higher than MW3.
Update: We have also heard since the announcement that Assassins Creed 4, Watchdogs and the new Thief title are confirmed for the Xbox One.
That’s it for now. Lot’s of games we all expected, but I think for the average gamer they will be a lot more exciting than those shown by Sony. I for one, am looking forward to the large range of exclusive and new IP titles due out, but we will have to wait for E3 to find out more!
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Rob is an advertising strategist and author of 'The Ad Pit' blog. Rob has been playing games for 25 years - which makes him feel very old. He used to have a victory ratio of 40:1 in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, but that was a long time ago! #dogyears