However, in light of the reaction from disgruntled gamers, these features have been scrapped, pulling the Xbox One out of its initial positivity drought. And so the re-specc’d Xbox One console will go on sale on November 22 this year. Microsoft describes the Xbox One as “the ultimate all in one entertainment system – one system for a new generation”, and with it lands the second generation of Kinect baked in nice and deep.
The black console wants to be the one-stop entertainment solution for your living room, integrating live TV, games, movies and web services like Skype, all controlled using Kinect’s improved voice recognition features and the updated SmartGlass.
Xbox One release date
The official Xbox One release date is November 22 2013, slap bang at the start of the Christmas silly season. It’s going to have some stiff competition though – the PS4 will be released on November 15 in the US and November 29 in the UK and Australia.
Xbox One, we’re afraid to say you’re in a bit of a Sony sandwich.
The Xbox One looks quite different to the Xbox 360, and the reaction since its reveal in May has been mixed to say the least. Microsoft says it has taken a “new approach to design,” but many gamers just think just it looks a bit too VCR.
“We wanted to think from a holistic perspective,” said Ramiro Torres, Creative Director of design on the Xbox One. “Its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.”
Xbox One price
Xbox One price has been officially announced by Microsoft and it’s not cheap. The price will be $499 in the US, £429 in the UK and $599 in Australia. That’s even more expensive than the super-dear Sony PS3 when it came out in 2005/2006. It’s also a lot more expensive than the Xbox 360 when it hit the market in 2005 – $399 and £279.99 in the US and UK.
Xbox One Controller Price
At the end of July, it was revealed that the new and improved Xbox One gamepad will cost $59.99 (around £40/AU$65) and the Chat Headset can be bought for $24.99 (about £16 / AU$27) however it probably won’t convert directly, so expect those numbers to look a bit different if you’re non-US.
That gamepad price is $10 more than the current Xbox 360 pad ships for. Here are some more details on Xbox One peripheral pricing.
Xbox One specs
No big surprises here, really. The Microsoft Xbox One comes packing an x64 8-core AMD Jaguar CPU, USB 3.0 ports, 500GB hard drive and 8GB DDR3 RAM. Connectivity-wise you’ve got 802.11n Wi-Fi with Wi-Fi Direct functionality for exchanging data between devices – specifically the new Xbox controller.
There’s also the addition of a Blu-ray drive, which marks Microsoft’s first move to embrace the disc format created by Sony et al, which vanquished HD DVD back when TechRadar was but a glint in someone’s eye.
So as expected, then, the new Xbox One is more like a mini-PC than any Microsoft console that’s come before. These specs put the console on a par with the PS4 and bode well for developers who want to make cross-platform games.
The console has not only an HDMI-out port but also HDMI-in too. This is for interfacing with set-top boxes in order to integrate the Xbox One with your TV-watching experience. As far as you’re concerned, you’ll only have one device instead of two.