So, Microsoft has officially unveiled the Xbox One, a new console that should be very exciting to those who love watching media and playing sports games. Like the Xbox 360, the Xbox One is being promoted as an all-in-one media solution, and while that’s fine and dandy, the people who will be lining up on day one will be doing so for the games.
Every Xbox One with come with a Kinect 2.0. The new Kinect records at 60fps using a 1080p sensor and promises much better movement detection, detecting things like a twist of the wrist. It can even read your heartbeat. The sensor field has been expanded by 60 percent. With a mandatory Kinect (the system won’t function without it), voice control is now an even bigger part of the experience.
Like the PlayStation 4, sharing your gameplay videos is a big part of the Xbox One experience, and the console will have built-in editing sharing tools.
The new controller doesn’t look too different (which is a plus, in my mind), but has an integrated battery compartment, which makes for a lower profile. It also supports Wi-Fi Direct and has a high-precision D-Pad. The triggers have also been reworked.
The cloud plays a big part in everything, allowing you to back up your media, game saves, what have you. Microsoft made a point to say that you will still be able to watch live TV and play games if your connection drops.
Microsoft announced a partnership with Electronic Arts and showcased sports games like FIFA 14, Madden 25, NBA Live 14, and the new UFC title. They also touched on exclusives, saying that Microsoft Studios will release fifteen titles in the console’s first year, eight of which will be new IPs. The Xbox One will get exclusive content from the NFL through a new partnership and Steven Spielberg is also creating a live-action HALO show that will be coming to Xbox.
All in all, I’m extremely disappointed. Although I hate the term, I am a “hardcore” gamer, and the only thing I’m remotely excited about is the eight new IPs. Once I see what those are, then maybe I’ll change my tune, but I need to accept that I’m no longer Microsoft’s target demographic.