Xbox One | All the facts and figures

We bring you a round-up of all the facts and figures from Microsoft’s reveal of their eight-generation console, the Xbox One.

At Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washingon, Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, revealed its third console, the Xbox One. He described it as “the ultimate, all in one home entertainment system” and revealed it will launch worldwide “later this year”.

Brand new features and architecture

Microsoft confirmed the console will not require a constant internet connection to function, but will require a mandatory download of all content direct to the hard drive. Any further uses of the disc on other registered consoles will require a small fee to activate.

 

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The new console, Kinect sensor and controller, as showcased at the reveal today.

 

Xbox One will also not be backwards-compatible with Xbox or Xbox 360 titles, with Microsoft citing fundamental differences with the architecture of the new hardware.

Kinect has been improved to match the speed of the new hardware, with voice commands and gestures allowing for “live switching” between games, music, live TV and more. Alongside the almost instantaneous switching showcased at the event, users will also be able to quick-snap games and video content with Skype, Internet Explorer and other apps (much like Microsoft have been doing since the launch of the Windows 7 OS).

[quote] The new specifications, which you can check out below, include a Blu-ray drive, a 500GB HDD, 8GB system memory, USB 3.0 and an 8 Core CPU. [/quote]

Alongside a Kinect sensor which recognises your voice and brings you straight to a personalised dashboard, the hardware under the hood is also a significant step forward from the Xbox 360. The new specifications, which you can check out below, include a Blu-ray drive, a 500GB HDD, 8GB system memory, USB 3.0 and an 8 Core CPU.

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Xbox Live reborn

Marc Witten, Microsoft’s corporate president of Xbox Live, commented that the Xbox Live service will be “more powerful, more personal and more intelligent”. When the Xbox 360 launched in 2006, Xbox Live was powered by a total of 3,000 servers. And while that number has steadily increased to around 15,000, Xbox One will be supported by 300,000 servers at launch.

The new and improved service will offer enhanced cloud functionality, an innovative matchmaking system and an improved achievements system that tracks your progress with more than just milestone-style medals. The ability to capture and share gameplay content will also be available, as well as an increased friend limit of 1,000.

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Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, pictured with the new hardware.

New titles and exclusives

Microsoft also confirmed that the Xbox One will host 15 exclusive IPs over the first 12 months of its release, with eight of them being brand new titles. One of these exclusive titles was revealed to be the newest addition to Turn 10 Studios’ racing simulator franchise, Forza Motorsport 5.

[quote] EA’s new next-gen sports titles will use their new in-house engine, EA Sports Ignite. [/quote]

A new title, Quantum Break, from Alan Wake and original Max Payne developer Remedy was also showcased with a trailer, while EA showed off footage from four of their key sports titles: FIFA 14, Madden NFL, NBA Live 14 and a new UFC instalment. These new titles were showcased using EA’s new in-house engine, EA Sports Ignite.

Exclusive TV content and a new Call of Duty

Nancy Tellem, president of entertainment and digital media at Microsoft, and 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross introduced a video message from filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who confirmed he’s executive producing a new live-action series based within the ever-expanding Halo universe.

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A brief glimpse of the new Call of Duty, including the AI dog companion.

Microsoft also announced an exclusive content partnership with the NFL, which promises live updates in-game, including live fantasy football features.

The live event was brought to a close with an exclusive look at the new Activision and Infinity Ward-developed Call of Duty: Ghosts. As well confirming a continuation of the timed-exclusive partnership for its Call of Duty DLC, they also showcased a trailer, a behind the scenes video and a graphical comparison between 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the new game engine used for Call of Duty: Ghosts.

While an exact date and price structure has yet to be announced, some retailers have estimated the Xbox One will retail around £400 on release. For more Xbox One-related news, features and discussion, keep it infinite.

Check out the trailer and preview footage of Call of Duty: Ghosts from the Xbox One Live Reveal, courtesy of the team at Outside Xbox.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising DLC arrives on PS3 and PC

The latest digital expansion for Call of Duty: Black Ops II is available for download on PC and PS3, following a timed exclusive on the Xbox 360.

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Say cheese!

The DLC pack consists of four additional maps for multiplayer, and a new zombie-infested mission entitled Mob of the Dead.

The Uprising DLC was originally released on Xbox 360 on April 16 2013.

The next instalment in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Ghosts, will be developed by Infinity Ward and is set for release on current and next-gen consoles this November. If you’re looking to wet your appetite for the new Call of Duty, you can check out the trailer for it right here.

Call of Duty: Ghosts gets release date and details

Well, it’s hardly a shock, but Activision have officially announced this years FPS offering will indeed be called Call of Duty: Ghosts and will breach it’s way into home consoles November 5.

Ghosts will also be the first Call of Duty to appear on next generation consoles, as well as Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3.

“Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they’re going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts,” commented Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg.

Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-new Call of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise. Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world’s greatest fans.”

Spooooooooky stuff.
Spooooooooky stuff.

 

Many fans (prior to the retailer leak) were assuming that Infinity Ward would plod back into the world of Captain Price with a fourth Modern Warfare, but Infinity Ward executive producer Mark Rubin was quick to champion a new direction for the studio: “Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we’re not resting on our laurels.”

Retailers, such as Game, are also taking pre-orders, with the offer of free posters and Black Ops 2 ‘ghost’ skins for the first lucky few.

Check out the launch trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts below, which promises further details at the big Xbox reveal by Microsoft on May 21.

Teaser site for Call of Duty: Ghosts is a go

In a usual quick response to the recent retailer leaks that leaked its game, Activision has launched an official teaser site for the latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Ghosts.

The site is exactly teeming with information (in actual fact, it doesn’t reveal anything) but it does feature a spooky looking ghost face made up of images submitted by visitors to the site. So yeah, go look at that!

It's lie, you know, art, man.
It’s lie, you know, art, man.

With Treyarch cleaning house with the semi-revitalised Black Ops 2 in 2012, this years CoD duties fall to the series’ creators Infinity Ward. With no confirmation on whether it will be a joint-development venture like Modern Warfare 3 or an actual release date, it’s strongly rumoured a more explicit reveal will arrive tomorrow.

So are you excited for a game presumably based around the coolest thing in Modern Warfare 2, a la Ghost? We’ll bring you more info as and when it drops.