Microsoft's New Xbox One Game Console Introduced
Microsoft finally introduced the Xbox One, the company's 8th-generation gaming console that'll succeed the Xbox 360. The new game console was revealed alongside a new controller and a new Kinect that Microsoft hopes to be the all-in-one entertainment hub for one's living room.
The new Xbox One will run not one, but three operating systems: Xbox OS, Windows custom kernel, and a hypervisor. The hypervisor will allow the other two operating systems to communicate by virtualization which integrate features like snapped Skype calls while in game. The edition of Windows on the Xbox One will, however, not be compatible with standard Windows apps, but Metro apps will be easily portable to the OS.
Additional features of the Xbox One will include a voice control that will allow users to control the Xbox One functions via voice command, a set-top box integration that will allow the console to overlay a UI and feature on top of an existing TV channel via HDMI, and media inter-connectivity that will allow the console instant and simultaneous access to movies, music, live TV and Internet Explorer. The Xbox One will also support 4K resolution video output and 7.1 surround sound.
Furthermore, the Xbox Live service will also carry over to the new console and is scaled up to use 300,00 servers, up from 15,000 servers currently being used by Xbox 360 users. However, it is important to note that the Xbox One will not be backward compatible with Xbox 360 content, as both systems use a totally different core architectures. The Xbox One is x86-based, while the current Xbox 360 uses a PowerPC architecture.
Microsoft also revealed there will be 15 games for exclusive use on the Xbox One. For top-of-the-line gaming and graphics performance, the Microsoft Xbox One will compete head-to-head with PlayStation 4, another upcoming video gaming system from Sony. No price has been released yet for Xbox One by Microsoft as of this writing. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are expected to become available later this year. One thing is for sure, though. Serious gamers can’t wait.
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