Xbox One announced, out later this year
posted on 05.21.13 at 01:08 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Requires internet connection, game installs.

Microsoft unveiled its awaited next-gen Xbox during a media presentation at its Redmond headquarters this morning. Xbox One, as it’s called, will launch worldwide “later this year.”

Xbox One, like its name implies, is designed to be an “powerful, all-in-one device,” according to Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Bushiness president Don Mattrick. “Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television and entertainment.”

The company today debuted the system, controller, and redesigned Kinect, all of which are bundled with the platform. Find full details below.

Specs

Xbox One

The Xbox One hardware is “sleek and modern,” shaped in the 16:9 aspect ratio, and employs a horizontal orientation optimized for its “high-speed” Blu-ray player.

  • 8-Core x86 processor
  • 5 Billion+ transistors
  • 8 gigabytes of DDR3 RAM
  • Native 64-bit architecture
  • 500 gigabyte non-removable hard-drive
  • Blu-ray drive
  • HDMI In/Out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • USB 3.0 (3 ports)

Controller

The Xbox One controller has been updated with “more than 40″ technical and design innovations, including an updated d-pad, thumb stick, and ergonomic fit. The controller has been designed to work “in concert” with the new Kinect, which are paired automatically for “seamless player syncing.”

  • Integrated Battery Compartment
  • Impulse Triggers
  • Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack
  • Precision Directional Panel

Kinect

The new, 1080p Kinect has been “completely redesigned” and is “more precisise” and “intuitive.” It promises to offer “unparalleled vision, motion and voice technology” and an expanded field of view. It will work in almost “any lighting condition,” including the dark, recognizes precise motion control like “slight wrist rotation,” and can distinguish your voice even in a noisy room using its “advanced noise isolation.”

  • 1080p HD RGB
  • 30 FPS Color
  • Time of Flight (TOF) Technology
  • Microphone Arrays

TV

At the core of the system is its personalized home screen, which shows your favorite games, videos, friends, trending content (content popular among your friends and the Xbox LIVE community), and so on. You can reach this screen by turning on the console using the phrase “Xbox On.”

Your TV box is integrated with Xbox One. You’ll be able to navigate and watch live TV from your cable, telco, or satellite boxes. Using Kinect, you can instantly switch between programs and applications. For example, say “Xbox TV” and it will instantly jump to the TV box.

OneGuide, the system’s integrated channel guide, will allow you to easily find your entertainment of choice by searching network, name, or time with your voice using Kinect.

Multi-tasking and Skype

The system will also offer multi-tasking. For example, you can use the new Snap feature to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching a movie at the same time. Or to chat with friends on Skype while watching live TV. Or to track your fantasy football team while watching a live game on TV.

Skype has been specifically designed for the new system. For the first time, you’ll be able to hold group calls on your TV.

Internet Connection

Xbox One “does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet,” according to Microsoft. You’ll have to connect to the internet at least once a day for the system to continue functioning.

“We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.”

Game Activation and Installation

Xbox One games must be installed to the hard-drive. Each game will include a unique single-use code that you enter when you install it. After authorization, the game will be linked to your Xbox LIVE account. Other users on that console will also be able to play the game.

You can still bring the game to a friend’s house, install it on their system, and play it on your profile. However, should they want to play it on their account, they’ll have to pay the full price of the game.

But that doesn’t mean trade-ins are dead. You’ll still be able to trade-in and resell games at retail. And you’ll also be able to trade-in your used games online. Details on both methods will be shared at a later date.

Kinect-required

Xbox One will not function without Kinect attached, Microsoft has told IGN, as it is “now an essential and integrated part of the platform.”

Power States

Xbox One will have “multiple power states” so that it can remain always on. At the lowest setting, the new Kinect will be powered on and listening for specific commands, such as “Xbox On” to fully power up the system. Microsoft has said Kinect will only be listening for specific cues, such as the aforementioned, and is making privacy a “top priority.”

Backwards Compatibility

Xbox One is not backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games.

Xbox LIVE

Xbox LIVE on Xbox One will be “more powerful, more personal, and more intelligent.” Using the power of the cloud, it will allow games to be installed in segments so that you can start playing right away, and it download game updates in the background. Players will be able to store their profile, games, saves, and entertainment to the cloud for “anytime” access from any Xbox One console. Existing Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions will carry over to the new platform.

New features include:

  • Smart Match: A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people you want to play with while you are enjoying other activities. Reputation fundamentally matters and helps find best matches.
  • Game DVR: A dedicated Game DVR captures and accesses your magic moments, all saved to the cloud. Along with sharing tools, you will have the most amazing bragging rights with Xbox Live.
  • Living Games: Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and advanced artificial intelligence can learn to play like you, so friends can play against your shadow.
  • Expanded Achievements: A new and expanded achievements system captures video of all your moments, continues to grow a game’s achievements over time, and rewards you in new ways. Your Gamerscore from Xbox 360 will also carry over.
  • Xbox SmartGlass: Xbox SmartGlass is natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.
  • Friends List: You can now have up to 1,000 friends on Xbox LIVE.

Games

Microsoft also said it has 15 first-party games, eight of which are new IP, one of which is a new Rare game, in development which will be released within the system’s first year.

Other Content

  • Halo TV series
  • NFL Partnership: A multiyear, landmark partnership that will deliver the “ultimate interactive” NFL television experiences to the Xbox One and “leverage Microsoft devices and services to evolve both in-game and on the sideline.” This partnership promises to “redefine broadcast experiences through innovations around Skype, Xbox SmartGlass and player-worn technology,” “add an all-new fantasy football solution for the biggest screen in the house,” and “create a personalized NFL destination only available on Xbox One.”

Microsoft also published a brief Q&A about the system.

Q: Does Xbox One require an “always on” Internet connection?
A: No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.

Q: How do consumers benefit by being connected to the cloud?
A: The cloud makes every experience better and more accessible.  Because Xbox One is powered by the cloud:

  • Your games have more power available to create new gameplay, persistent worlds, and deeper experiences.
  • Your system and games can update automatically, so you shouldn’t have to wait for downloads or updates.
  • Your games and entertainment are stored and saved in the cloud, so you can access them anytime, from any Xbox One.*
  • Start a game, movie, or TV show on one console and finish exactly where you left off on another.
  • You can play multiplayer games with your friends, stream movies or TV shows right away, and enjoy the community and social features of Xbox Live.
  • Xbox One can recognize you, log you in and tailor your home screen just for you.

You can discover what your friends are playing, watching and listening to if they choose to share.
These are just a few examples of how customers benefit from our platform being connected to the Internet. It brings the future of TV and games to our consumers—and it’s designed for today and the decade ahead.

* Subject to content geographical restrictions.

Q: When will Xbox One launch and in what markets?
A: Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year. We’ll have more to share later.

Q: Can I use my current gamertag on Xbox One and will my Gamerscore and Achievements transfer?
A: Yes. Your current Xbox Live Gamertag will stay with you on Xbox One if you choose to keep it, and your hard-earned Gamerscore and Achievements will indeed carry over from Xbox 360.

Q: Will Xbox One be backward compatible with my existing games?
A: Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games—games that are architected to take full advantage of state-of-the-art processors and the infinite power of the cloud. We care very much about the investment you have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future.

Q: Will Xbox One allow players to trade in, purchase and play pre-owned games? 
A: We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.

Q: Will my current Xbox Live Gold membership work with Xbox One or will I have to buy a new one?
A: You do not need to buy a new Xbox Live Gold membership. Your current membership will work on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Q: Why require Kinect with every Xbox One?
A: The all new Kinect is now an essential and integrated part of the platform.  By having it as a consistent part of every Xbox One, game and entertainment creators can build experiences that assume the availability of voice, gesture and natural sensing, leading to unrivaled ease of use, premium experiences and interactivity for you.

Q: Do I need to have a specific cable or satellite TV provider to watch live TV on Xbox?
A: Our goal is to enable live TV through Xbox One in every way that it is delivered throughout the world, whether that’s television service providers, over the air or over the Internet, or HDMI-in via a set top box (as is the case with many providers in the US). The delivery of TV is complex and we are working through the many technologies and policies around the world to make live TV available where Xbox One is available.

Q: Xbox One is a more powerful product compared to Xbox 360, but does it also use more power?
A: No. By providing multiple power states in Xbox One, we’ve balanced energy efficiency with functionality. We’ve taken a completely different approach to how Xbox One consumes power. It only uses the power it needs at that particular moment for the task at hand.

Watch some footage below. View official beauty shots at the gallery. Visit the Xbox One official website here.

Unveil Trailer

Executive Discussion

Xbox Behind-the-Scenes

Wired Behind-the-Scenes

Play-Asia
  • Adol Christin
  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero
    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Thanks, I’m gonna use this.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        My comp stream ain’t working.

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          No problem. Sorry it can’t be better quality, just a simple screen from the stream.

  • DarthBrian

    lol “XBox One”.

  • Michael Garling

    God the event’s been boring so far…

  • rainelee

    The console itself…looks uninspired. Too plain for my taste.

    • Noctionus

      Compared to…

      Wii U? lol!!

      • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

        You = Fail?

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    So far – Lots of entertainment talk, not much video game discussion.

  • Awnye

    It looks like a PlayStation

    • Luccie85

      And it do play Blue-ray just exactly like the PlayStation did about 6 or 7 years ago.

  • Adol Christin

    Disappointed so far :(

    • KIngpigeon96

      That’s not surprising.

  • Alos88

    Not much other than corporate speak and sports games so far. I hope they have something megaton to announce or this will have been a disappointment to me personally.

  • Budgiecat

    XBox 1? That came out 10 years ago!

    • rainelee

      You so silly.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yes. Now we’re going to have to call the first Xbox the ‘Xbox Original’.

  • Elvick

    Horrid name. Didn’t think anyone could make a worse name than Wii U. Bravo MS.

    • AdamBoy64

      Yes, it’s a shocking name. It’s unreal just how awful it is.

      Any of their code names would have been a better choice. Even ‘720’ would have been a better choice.

      • Luccie85

        They can’t use the ‘720’ because the next will be ‘1440’ and i don’t want to think about the next of the next Xbox….

  • Nhiroz

    Fugly

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I posted this in the thread I’m posting live comments – http://gematsu.com/2013/05/xbox-a-new-generation-revealed-live-stream

    Microsoft Studios plans to release more than 15 exclusive games in the 1st year of #XboxOne – half of which are brand new franchises. – Major Nelson

    https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/336899751205294082

  • Namekaze_Minato

    the box design sucks!

    • Budgiecat

      X marks the spot

  • Revorse

    Not an Xbox fan. But I do like the style of the console. Seems sleek and simple enough to fit anywhere.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    It’s over? Huge lack of games revealed here, I guess they plan to show them at e3?

  • https://twitter.com/RyoonZ RyoonZ

    They can get all these EA exclusives I don’t give a damn about. We just need all the glorious Japanese games for PS4 and WiiU.

    • Rafael Martines

      Here take my like

    • Luccie85

      And take my like too

    • GeekyCub

      Best comment of the day.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Don Mattrick just told Geoff Keighley the Xbox One is not always online required.

    • GhostNomad

      Source to this? I missed the last few minutes of the stream.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        If you go to the GT stream. http://www.gametrailers.com/netstorage/xboxcountdown/live.html

        Load it up around 02:06:28 Somewhere around that part is where Geoff asks the question.

        • GhostNomad

          Excellent, thanks again Zero :D

          • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

            Glad I can help. =)

            Edit – You can also find it in the information Sal posted above.

            Q: Does Xbox One require an “always on” Internet connection?

            A: No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet. We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.

            • Rydak

              The way it and the cloud business is worded makes me think that before the whole debacle it might have been intended to require an always online connection. Because if the answer didn’t start with ‘No’ it would still be kind of difficult to discern. And perhaps that memo from not long ago was them internally sweeping it under the rug so to speak.

              • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

                Sounds reasonable to me. Microsoft was really vague today with some of the touchy subjects.

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  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    WTF is the price. That is the FUCKING Question.

    • Locksus

      You know, you don’t have to swear to get the point across.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        I agree.

    • Elvick

      E3. Gotta save something for then.

  • bldudas

    Nothing interests me. I would like more original games, like what Sony has.

    • fixmanfoxman

      They said they have 15 exclusive games to be released in the first year 7 of them are new IPs btw this was just the reveal e3 they will show their games then u can judge

  • $30632660

    It looks like a Wii Lmfao

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

  • xMCXx

    Xbox One? That doesn’t even make sense! xD

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      It’s for “all-in-one.”

      • Elvick

        pfft, they couldn’t even pick an OS for the system and slapped in three. It’s hardly “all in one”.

      • xMCXx

        Yeah, I know.
        But it’s the third Xbox. This is just dumb.
        Like the Wii U the name just sounds ridiculous.^^

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          I have to agree, I think the name is silly. They should have just called it something else.

          • xMCXx

            Yup.
            Infinity would’ve been awesome.
            And the Wii U should have been the Revolution like the Wii’s code name.^^

        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          Why the hate on “Wii U”?

      • bloodiOS

        If they want “all”, they could’ve named it Omni instead of One…

    • Rydak

      The one box to rule them all.

  • Locksus

    Uhh.. couldn’t watch the stream because I had to focus on doing my French homework, so I kind of forgot.
    No matter.

    • Budgiecat

      Mon Dieu! C’est encroyable! Sacre bleu!

      • Locksus

        Oui c’est tres incroyable, lol.
        French is hard, though :(

        • Budgiecat

          So desu ne….

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    According to CVG –

    Microsoft has confirmed that all Xbox One games will require mandatory installation onto the system’s hard drive and, to install the same disc onto another user’s drive, a fee must be paid.

    What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.”

    “Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.”

    “Microsoft did not disclose what the second-user fee would amount too, and did not clarify further on the matter.”

    Source – http://www.computerandvideogames.com/407912/microsoft-confirms-pre-owned-fee-for-xbox-one/?utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffer3a53c

    My reaction – I think this sucks, plain and simple. I’m glad the Xbox One is not always online. With that said, having to pay a pre-owned fee is stupid.

    • Locksus

      That’s pretty stupid, if you ask me. Just a way to rip off money from the consumer. I don’t like it at all. It’s not a deal breaker, no, but if I ever happen to get the system, it would be after I own every other next-gen system.

      They could of course convince me by showing lots of interesting games at E3, but I hate business practices like this.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        It’s still kinda vague. What concerns me is just trying to take a game to a friends house to play it. Will my friends Xbox One allow me to sign in and register the game for free? It makes it sound like that won’t be the case. Which, if true, is a real bummer.

        On the buying used side of things – Even if the fee is like $5. I think consumers buy used to save money, right? If they only save like $2 because of a pre-owned fee, then why bother buying it used? Most probably won’t bother. Which means they will have to wait it out, or they might not purchase the game at all. Looking at it that way, I think it could be bad for the video game industry.

        • Locksus

          Truly. I do hope they will reconsider this, if it’s true. People won’t like this one bit and it -could- actually affect the sales quite a bit.
          This is sad news for me because I’ve played lots and lots of Naruto UNS2 on my friend’s Xbox from my hard drive. I wouldn’t want to pay just so I can enjoy my game at my friend’s place.

          • Budgiecat

            It’s already a pain in the ass to bring some games to friends houses now because of online passes, DLC, on disc content, DRM, and patches and huge mandatory installs. Now it’s going to get worse?

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      Did you also check out “Wikipedia”?

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        That post of mine is 5 months old. No need to bump this thread, this is an old discussion.

  • bloodiOS

    Fugliest Xbox ever! What a disappointing design.

    Now, this is why Sony doesn’t reveal their console but decided to wait for E3 instead. It’s all to keep that excitement and anticipation going.

    And Xbox One?! The heck?! Xbox OMNI would’ve been a better name, surely?

    By the way, 8GB of what type of RAM? Be specific!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Joystiq has a specs comparison.

      http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-and-playstation-4-specs-compared/

      The Xbox One has 8GB DDR3, where the PS4 has 8 GB GDDR5. You can’t go out and buy 8 GB of GDDR5 memory for PC, which is why that announcement at Sony’s event was a big deal. You typically only see GDDR memory in graphics cards.

      8GB of DDR3 is not bad at all. I have something comparable in my PC. I’m sure it will do everything it needs to do with ease in the Xbox One.

      Edit – I like Xbox Omni. That would have been a much better name in my opinion.

  • Locksus

    I think the controller looks really cool. Something I’d buy if they released a wired version for PC. The D-pad especially looks much better.

  • Mar Mar

    And we’re back to the 80s. Let’s see how is the PS4 gonna look like.

  • MrKappa

    According to Adam Sessler’s twitter no one was really cheering at this event. I can’t help but think M$ just shot themselves in the foot. Let’s see what they got come E3.

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I think I’m done covering this post, yeah?

    Unless I’m missing anything? Gonna get up the CoD stuff now.

    • Locksus

      Thanks for the hard work, Sal. Appreciate it :)
      Sometimes I wonder how you do it.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        I’m a god.

        • Locksus

          No doubt.

        • DrForbidden

          Worship the Sexual Tyrannosaur!
          Amen!

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks. =)

      I found one small error reading over things. Under Game Installation.

      Microsoft did not say what that second-user feed would amount to.

      feed should be fee.

      • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

        Za rush!

    • rockman29

      hey sal GDDR3 or DDR3?

      They aren’t the same thing, not saying ur wrong just asking, I’m seeing conflicting things.

      I think it should be DDR3 though.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Yeah, it’s totally DDR3.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    I’m starting to wonder about the required internet connection. They haven’t really gone intro great detail about it. We still don’t know if all games will end up using it, or if the box itself shuts down or something after a specific amount of time with no internet connection.

    According to the wired report – (http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/05/xbox-one-analysis/)

    Xbox One will give game developers the ability to create games that use Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, which means that they might be able to offload certain computing tasks to the cloud rather than process them on the Xbox One hardware itself. This would necessitate the game requiring a connection.”

    “Are developers forced to create games that have these online features, and are thus not playable offline? They are not, Xbox exec Whitten said — but “I hope they do.”

    It makes it sound like always online games will be common. I’m not sure I like that. I don’t like the idea of playing a single player game and getting kicked because of spotty internet. If this isn’t going to happen with Xbox One, I think Microsoft should come out and explain it clearly.

    Edit : The box has to connect to the internet at least once a day. =/

    • DrForbidden

      Which would mean that if my router dies on a Tueday and I don’t have the time to get it replaced until the weekend, my Xbox One becomes an expensive brick from Wednesday onwards. And god forbid the under-warranty router has to be sent for servicing for 2 weeks…
      This isn’t as bad as ‘always on’, but it’s still atrocious.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        I don’t like it either. I have spotty internet, I also don’t turn my console on every single day. What happens if my console is unplugged for a few days? I wouldn’t be surprised if they charged a fee for that, with all the new fee’s they seem to be forcing consumers to pay. =/

  • SystemLimbic

    Which system can reach the full potential, that’s the most important

  • Prodigy-X

    SMH … Major Nelson is such an ass its not even funny. The Xbox One seems to focus on entertainment first and games second but will see come E3 what the 15 exclusives are.

  • bleach630

    I call this XBOX DONE

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      Xbox One*

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Im gunna stick with my PS3 since MS BS is why ill wait for something good on XBOX ONE and we can begin to see the next video game crash in 5 years.

  • rockman29

    That’s one ugly POS console.

    GDDR3? Gtfo.

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      DDR3

  • bloodiOS

    GDDR3? That can’t be right… why is the X1 using such an ancient tech in this day and age?

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      It might not be. That was added in an edit, till I realized it was unconfirmed, but missed its removal. We’ll have to wait on that.

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      DDR3*

      • bloodiOS

        Look at Sal’s post below yours, please. Originally, Sal (the one who wrote the article) listed GDDR3 instead of DDR3, which is why I questioned it. What are you doing correcting people on a 5-month-old article anyway? Everyone would know by now that the XBO uses DDR3 just by checking out its Wikipedia page.

        • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

          Ok…

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Okay, so I think I’m done editing at this point for good now. For those who haven’t checked the gallery in a while, there’s some new OS images.

  • Warboss Aohd

    admittedly less attractive den da PS4, guess dat’s da first console (PS4 i mean, want da InFamous: Second Son) i’m getting dis generation.

  • Claude

    I came with no expectations and still left disappointed. This is just a more powerful 360. It’s just retreading ground, except that everything that went wrong with the 360 (monstrous box, Kinect, entertainment focus) is here from the start, so it can only get worse from this point on.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    More details on trading and reselling games for Xbox One.

    From Kotaku – http://kotaku.com/you-will-be-able-to-trade-xbox-one-games-online-micros-509140825

    Here’s how the system works: when you buy an Xbox One game, you’ll get a unique code that you enter when you install that game. You’ll have to connect to the Internet in order to authorize that code, and the code can only be used once. Once you use it, that game will then be linked to your Xbox Live account. “It sits on your harddrive and you have permission to play that game as long as you’d like,” Harrison said.

    But what if you want to bring a game disc to a friend’s house and play there? You’ll have to pay a fee—and not just some sort of activation fee, but the actual price of that game—in order to use a game’s code on a friend’s account. Think of it like a new game, Harrison says.

    “The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One,” he said. “They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.”

    “They would be paying the same price we paid, or less?” we asked.

    “Let’s assume it’s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price,” Harrison said.

    But that doesn’t mean used games are dead. In fact, Harrison told us, you’ll be able to sell your Xbox One games online.

    We will have a solution—we’re not talking about it today—for you to be able to trade your previously-played games online,” Harrison said.”

    My response – What the? No way in hell is anyone okay with that crap. You expect people to pay for the game again when they take it over to a friends house? Microsoft, you must have lost it? Sure, people could just bring the console over or whatever, but how annoying… This is just ridiculous.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Just updated that.

      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        Thanks for the update. I still think the news itself sucks.

  • Al Buns

    Look is a streaming device that plays games. YEEEAAAAH.

  • Tetsu

    Well that was dissapointing. What can the XBOX do for me if I don’t have satellite/cable and don’t have a gold membership?

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Game Activation and Installation section updated.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    I’m not convinced on XBOX ONE at all.

  • AdamBoy64

    The system itself looks like a media centre PC. Design is pretty uninspired.
    Well, on the plus side, the device doesn’t need to be connected to the internet to play games. That is good.

    Though, both Kinect being required and the anti-used games feature are terrible. That’s pathetic. What a massive letdown.

    • Rydak

      Actually, they answered the always online better now. You have to connect to the internet once a day to continue playing. So, you can play offline, just not forever.

      • AdamBoy64

        Great, well, that’s shattered the only positive I could come up with. That’s terrible. Absolutely awful.

        Ah well, thanks for the info man. Appreciate it.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    “Final Fantasy Versus XIII” I mean FFXV is co-developed by SONY. Remember this.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Unrelated, unconfirmed, and unnecessary comment.

    • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

      Se can go fack emself if they announce that vs13 is XV on the franchise,ill boycott SE forever and never buying a PS console again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/PwerlvlAmy GameNChick
  • SystemLimbic

    they are both ent/gaming consoles. i want to see which one can reach its full potential

    • AdamBoy64

      That’ll depend on the software. I think there’s more room to move with the Sony platform though – due to a better designed architecture.

      It’s a lot harder to see the potential with the Xbox One.

  • DrForbidden

    1). ‘Online once a day’ is a little better than ‘always on’, but the problems associated with an ‘always on’ console still exists in this model; it’s just delayed a little in most cases. On the plus side, single-player games will not have dependency on developer servers, so that’s good. Suck it, Ubisoft and EA.
    2). ‘Used games will work on the console': The Xbox One is anti-used games, no matter what spin MS tries to put on it. If you have to pay full price for the code to get the game to work, then it is anti-used games, regardless of whether the disc itself is used or new. Frankly, why would anyone buy a used disc and then pay to unlock it when the total cost will be equal to or exceed the price of a new copy or a digital copy from Marketplace? In that sense, the system is used to deter used games sales. It is a fake choice; a damn, dirty lie. It is the console-gaming equivalent of saying, “You can now legally grow marijuana, but we are putting in so many complex legal requirements and laws to farming and selling that your ass will probably get arrested in one way or another, hippie.”

  • GeekyCub

    Very disappointing.

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      “disappointing”

      How so?

  • ddsfan2

    On one hand, the artistic design of the hardware is excellent, and the controller has nice improvements. The specs are more than powerful enough, although the PS4 looks like they will have the most powerful specs, whether necessary or not.

    On the other hand, I am surprised and very unhappy about the “online once per day” requirement. Requiring the console to be online once every 24 hours is almost the same as “always online”, and is an annoying, convoluted requirement. I also don’t like the online requirements (which are less notable) in Steam, but that has such low game prices that it’s hard to complain.

    I don’t know why they fired Adam Orth, considering that what he said was effectively true, and reflective of Microsoft’s position. Although, Phil Harrison said it in a much classier and tactful way.

    I don’t think that this console will do well in developing countries, (or even many first-world countries, for that matter) due to the online “once per day” requirement. It might do well in the US, but even here, I know a few people who can’t afford internet, or have very slow internet. Besides that, I know many PS3 and Wii owners who haven’t gone online even once.

    I don’t care if the always online works for smartphones, because this isn’t a portable device, and hence it will be harder to justify the requirement.

    Another negative, (although not a unique problem) is tying games to a specific console and account, which sounds like a form of region locking.

    I hope that Sony doesn’t get any ideas from this, but I’m worried that they will. So far, I like the PS4 and Wii U the most. I still might buy this console, if it gets a ton of Cave games, or something else that I can’t get elsewhere, however.

  • $3582264

    It even looks like a low spec PC now this time around. Congrats ms.

    • http://www.last.fm/user/l1lyone l1lyone

      Won’t you congrat Sony too?

  • http://www.last.fm/user/l1lyone l1lyone

    “but Xbox One does require a
    connection to the Internet -//- You’ll have to
    connect to the internet at least once a day for the system to continue functioning. “We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready.” Fuck. You.

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  • LeSamurai

    It has a prequel name, the design is like a VCR and everything they announced is ultra gimmicky or a megaton fail. Only the Remedy game was intersting. Well done MS.

  • TiAn

    “Xbox One will have “multiple power states” so that it can remain always on. At the lowest setting, the new Kinect will be powered on and listening for specific commands, ”
    Kinect is listening and watching your sleep :D

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  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    SONY has the huge advantage over MS now.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekOtn7L1N0

    • Potionzmaster

      Although I generally agree with his points, I still think he is overreacting just a little bit :P

    • TheScienceEnthusiast1130

      LOL

  • camaro300zx

    So if I were too purchase this system. It will not function properly…if at all….since I don’t have internet service in my house. And for the record I don’t plan on getting internet any time soon. I have access at work and that is good enough for me. At home I play my games internet connection-less.
    “All about games”??
    I’m not impressed at all with how “social media” has to be #1 on a “Gaming Console”!