Understanding the XBOX One.
For you people who just cannot seem to grasp how amazing this whole Xbox One reveal is, let me lay this out on the table for you, because many of your disappointments come from misunderstanding and projected expectation.
This was a ‘Console reveal’, not a video games reveal. The fact that in their hour long conference they didn’t even really have time to touch on the games is kind of a big deal. The Xbox One is not simply a “Video game console”. They focused on the All-in-one motif for a reason. It is indeed a full on well rounded entertainment system. Anyone one who has been doing their research keeping up with the trends of the video game industry knows, and may have many a time said themselves that one day the PC, the television, and video game console will one day be one entity. The Xbox One is taking the reins of that day. If you think about it, It started in the Xbox 360 before moving here. The Xbox 360 didn’t have most any of the apps in the beginning of it’s run, that it has now. The conservative design of the Xbox one console alone screams living room entertainment family center.
The fact that this system is running 3 operating systems, and has instant switching between several different forms of media, is a big deal. Window in window conversation via Skype, while watching a film or playing a game. Blu-ray capabilities. One of the few ONLY advantages for the Playstation. The damn thing can offload processing power to it’s cloud system! The biggest thing that was glazed over on their end was upgraded the capabilities of the Kinect. The thing now recognizes 3D motion, and is sensitive enough to recognize heart rate. It captures you at 1080p 60fps… I think we’re all hoping this one won’t have a case of Moleneaux. We don’t want another Milo situation… Google it.
They may not have weighed heavy on the gamer candy, but there are clearly surprises in store… consider on the Xbox One you can now have one thousand people on your Friends list. Your achievement points will transfer. These are small victories in a big picture that has yet to be revealed. Xbox is listening.
Of course you have questions. Questions are good! Will it be backwards compatible? Sadly that has been confirmed as a no… but neither will the PS4. Will I be able to log in to my 360 and my Xbox One on my gamer tag? Yes you will. How powerful is it? Google it!
Microsoft Xbox One
8 Core CPU custom built by Microsoft
D3D 11.1 chip with 32 MB embedded memory
8 GB DDR3
500 GB HDD
Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
Ethernet, three different 802.11n radios (for connecting to controller and other devices), WiFi Direct
HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output
Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad
New Microsoft-developed Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera
The Xbox One is boasting being 8 times more powerful than the 360. This is the true evolution of a console. Like or not, understand it or not. We all have seen what rehashing and staying the same with very small simple changes does… *Cough Wii-U Cough*
-Amra “Flitz” Ricketts
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