After eight years on the shelves and having sold some 70 million units, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is finally getting a successor today. The Xbox One was revealed today, and here are some of the highlights of today’s event:
*It responds to voice commands and will be tied to a specific user’s voice and its commands will be “conversational.”
*It’s called the Xbox One, and will boast 8 gigabytes of system memory, a 500 GB hard drive, a Blu-Ray drive and USB 3.0 and HDMI connections.
*It will have “snapmode,” which allows players to open multiple screens in Windows-like tiles. One example shown was watching a basketball game and using voice commands to bring up your fantasy league in a sidebar. It’s what Microsoft calls “interactive TV.”
*The controller has 40 design innovations, many of them used to enhance ergonomics and control precision, such as a newly shaped D-pad, and is more of a series of “tweaks” to the current controller.
*It can recognize your heartbeat while you’re working out, much like the current Kinect system does
*My personal favorite: 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross announced that Steven Spielberg will be the executive producer of an original “Halo” live-action television series:
For me, the ‘Halo’ universe is an amazing opportunity for the intersection” of “mythmaking and technology.
All four will be revolutionary and Fundamentally change the way you play.
No, there’s not. The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn’t really work from that perspective.