Xbox One: Living Large In The Living Room

Finally we can retire all those silly code names (Durango, 720, Infinity) and focus on Microsoft’s next living room titan, the Xbox One. The styling of the system itself is surprisingly straightforward, but it’s what’s inside this black box that promises excitement. The specs: Blu-ray drive, 500GB hard drive, 8GB of system memory, USB 3.0 ports, an 8-core CPU and HDMI in/out ports. Each system will also come with a new version of the Kinect camera featuring improved voice recognition and a revised controller (better D-pad, but no touch screen). HD Skype calls will be ready to go, as well as a new partnership with the NFL for fantasy football lovers. The system will be sold “later this year” at a price point to be determined. 15 Xbox exclusive games are expected within the first year, and everything Call of Duty will arrive on the Xbox One first. Nothing was said about whether the new console will require an “always on” internet connection, but some sources have us concerned about backwards compatibility and used games.

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