What we know:
– It’s not backwards compatible. People are freaking out because it’s not backwards compatible, although they seem to forget that the BC on the Xbox 360 was shit on crackers. Barely any of the original Xbox games worked well on the Xbox 360 if at all. Some worked in some regions others didn’t work at all. It’s no surprise that the Xbox One got rid of backwards compatibility entirely.
– Kinect isn’t optional. This is the worrying part. Kinect is an always on kind of device and it’ll be watching. Always watching. People are worried about privacy in their homes. Obviously the tech will be looked at closer to launch.
On the bright side, Kinect works well. It quickly processed all voice commands and did it well. Recognised users from visual and audio cues so it seems to work nicely.
8 Core CPU built specifically by Microsoft
D3D 11.1 chip with 32MB embedded memory GPU
8GB DDR3 RAM
500GB HDD (non removable)
Blu-Ray/DVD combo drive
USB 3.0 I/O ports
Ethernet, 3x 802.11n radios, WiFi direct communication
HDMI in and out, 1080p and 4K support, optical out
Shiny new Xbox One controller with a new D-Pad
New Microsoft-developed Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera
– Currently everything is very US-focused. Although, since the launch of the console was centred in the USA, it’s unsurprising that US TV channels were in the spotlight. It’ll be interesting to see how it integrates with Australia.
– Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC will be an exclusive launch item of Xbox One.
– There wasn’t much discussion about games at the launch but Xbox presenters said that will happen at E3.