Xbox One

Xbox One

Sony may have planted their flag by announcing the Playstation 4, but Microsoft is officially ahead of the race by actually showing us their next-gen gaming console, the Xbox One. no. it is not Xbox 720 as speculated. the new gaming console now emerge as a more mature home entertainment system by offering a Blu-ray drive, Skype integration, integrated web browser (by the way of Internet Explorer, what else?), and lets you jump between TV, movies, music and gaming effortlessly. in another words, it is time to invest in a good comfy couch cos’ this machine wants to spend the rest of your waking hours glued to it. appearance-wise, the new console now looks more like a Blu-ray player or a set-top box, departing from its previous curvy form.

clad in a boxy form factor with clean lines, it boasts an eight-core x86 processor with 8GB of RAM, 500GB of internal storage, an improved Kinect (1080p support, no less), voice control, true multitasking capability, and a totally redesigned controller sporting a new D-pad and integrated battery compartment. what is a game console announcement without some exciting software to further hype it up? which was what the Redmond folks did. peeked, teased and announced are Forza Motorsport 5, Quantum Break, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and a series of EA Sports games, including UFC, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and NBA Live 14. coming to you later this year for an yet to be confirmed pricing.

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oh. there’s just one more thing: it is also official that there will be no backward compatibility with Xbox 360 discs. what a bummer, isn’t it? learn more about the Xbox One HERE. but before that, we invite you to catch the product unveil video after the break.

[UPDATE September 24, 2013] the Xbox One is expected to be available this November with a $499.99 price tag.