Most “experts” and pundits seem to be predicting the fall of the gaming console, but what if it can adapt, change and grow? That seems to be Microsoft’s new focus for the Xbox line, with the latest member of the family, aptly named Xbox One, targeting to control everything in your living room.
Not only is the Xbox One a lot zippier and more technically impressive than its predecessor, the 360. It is in fact by all means and purposes an entirely different gadget, being capable of acting like a traditional gaming console, but also offering easy access (including through voice commands) to movies, live TV, music and web browsing.
You can imagine the thing needs to be a powerhouse to do all that and it really is, packing much more heat than most mainstream laptops and desktop PCs nowadays. A heavily customized 8-core AMD processor runs the show, along with a whopping 8 gigs of RAM and a comfy 500 GB hard drive.
Other features include a couple of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and the running of three (!) operating systems. Furthermore, the Kinect motion sensing input device is now bundled with the console, rocking a 1,080p camera, plus numerous innovative functions like “wake with voice”.
After going through such an impressive list of features, it’s obvious there’s only one thing that can spoil Microsoft’s party and compromise Xbox One’s hit potential – pricing. This particular detail is unfortunately kept under wraps for now, but hopefully we’ll find out about it in a couple of months tops, as the console is to be made available “by the end of 2013”.