Microsoft Reveals The Xbox One – Presentation Breakdown
THE XBOX ONE IS HERE!
The wait is finally over! Exhale! And scour the internet for every minute detail you can find about the brand new XBOX ONE console that was just revealed today by Microsoft at 10:00am (PST) in Redmond, WA.
The exclusive Microsoft press conference broadcasted today to millions of spectators and speculators in an attempt to quell disturbing rumors and satisfy any curiosities as to what Microsoft was going to bring to the table of next-gen console gaming. Here’s the bare bone basics of how the conference went down:
Don Mattrick – President, Microsoft
Don Mattrick kicked off the presentation by stating that the XBOX ONE will be the All-In-One Experience in entertainment. The hardware revealed was the console (which looked licorice sweet), the new controller, and the totally redesigned and revamped Kinect, which will be automatically included in every system. The new Kinect is designed to instantly respond to your progressively programmed profile both by voice and motion detection. The one bullet point that was recurring in Don Mattrick’s opening presentation was the ease of communication between the XBOX ONE and every device in your home.
Yusuf Mehdi -SVP, Microsoft
Yusuf Mehdi jumped right in where Don Mattrick left off. He demonstrated several voice and motion interactions with the XBOX ONE’s OS. Some of the features he covered were:
-”Xbox On” – This command takes you directly to your profile
-Trending menu shows you what’s popular amongst you and your friends
-Xbox Watch TV – You can switch from game to TV with no remote
-Instant Switching: Voice command instantly switches between apps and operations
-Motion Sensing: Grab “air” to expand and contract screens to easily navigate between television programming, apps and games
-Xbox: Skype – You can Skype through Snap Mode. While watching movies or playing games. Right from your XBOX ONE
-Xbox communicates with smart device or smart phone for extra functions and information
-XBOX ONE Guide: Voice control, favorites, trending – everything controlled through voice command
Marc Whitten – CVP, Xbox Live
Marc Whitten graced the podium next to outline some of the system’s specs. An 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, built in stationary WiFi and a Blu Ray player were all mentioned.
The Kinect itself projects in 1080p, is more responsive, smarter and faster than its last gen predecessor.
The controller’s D-Pad and triggers have been revised.
Smart Glass is now more implemented even more into the functionality the XBOX ONE’s experiences.
And Xbox Live supports current memberships, with many more servers to support its millions of gamers activity online. (That’s 300,000 servers compared to 15,000 servers today). Cloud features are also integrated for you to access game saves and account information from anywhere.
Marc also briefly covered the new matchmaking capability tailored more to the style and skill of the player.
The rest of the press conference presentation focused on … yes, the one thing that we all watched the presentation for…. THE GAMES!
Andrew Wilson of EA presented the new and improved EA Sports franchise titles announcing that these will be released the first year of XBOX ONE. Fifa, Madden, UFC and NBA were all shown. Phil Spencer of Microsoft Studios presented the best racing experience on any home console, Forza Motorsports 5 and the brand new IP Quantum Break. He ended his presentation by stating that within the first year, Microsoft plans to release 15 first party titles with eight of these being brand new franchises. Nancy Tellem, president of digital media for Microsoft, teamed up with Bonnie Ross, the head of 343 Studios, to make the exciting announcement about a partnership between 343 Studios and Steven Spielberg to create a brand new series around the Halo franchise.
Don Mattricks did return to elaborate more on the exclusive partnership with the NFL organization which will enhance the way you watch and track NFL football. The presentation ended on a high note when Eric Hirshberg of Activision unveiled the new Call of Duty: Ghosts. A new engine has been created for this game. The environment reacts more realistically to the players’s gameplay and there is deeper customization for the player’s characters. The side by side comparison between MW3 on the XBox 360 and the XBOX ONE was glaringly noticeable. No doubt, the experience on the XBOX ONE will be unbelievable. What better way to end the press conference then with a world premiere of Call of Duty Ghosts.
Microsoft will most definitely reveal more in next month’s upcoming grand event E3. Now that both Sony and Microsoft’s revealed their consoles to usher in new ways of console gaming, we can only wonder… WAT’S NEX?