Next Generation Xbox Revealed! Xbox One

Xbox One controller

The next Xbox has been officially announced and is called the “Xbox One”.  It will be more multimedia and Kinect focused than the current Xbox 360. Sadly, due to the new hardware architecture, the Xbox One will not be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games however your gamer-score and gamer-tag will be transferable from your old console. Although the Xbox One has some good hardware specs, nothing stands out that would place it ahead of the competition. Below is a side by side comparison between the Xbox One and Playstation 4.

The console turns on just from you saying “Xbox on”. It will launch into what you were doing last. This passive listening is a huge deal for natural interface. It seems incredibly responsive in the demo, but for now it’s unclear if this is an actual demo or if it’s being simulated. It also integrates right into your TV. “Xbox, watch TV” drops you right into a live television feed. The amazing part of this is that you can switch quickly from movies, TV, games, a browser or anything else, just by saying “Xbox, go to”, or even just “Go to movies”.

The new Kinect has a 1080p sensor, and captures videos at 60fps and far finer detection. It detects the twist of a wrist, or how balanced you are. The sensor field is expanded by 60 percent, and uses a modulated IR beam, and uses “time-of-flight” tech to measure the time it takes photos to travel back to the Kinect. Microsoft claims it works in complete darkness.


Components Microsoft Xbox One Sony PlayStation 4
CPU 8 Core CPU custom built by Microsoft Single-chip custom x86 AMD “Jaguar” processor, 8 cores
Graphics Processor D3D 11.1 chip with 32 MB embedded memory 1.84 TFlops, AMD Radeon Graphics Core
Memory (RAM) 8 GB DDR3 8 GB GDDR5
Memory (Storage) 500 GB HDD Not yet announced
Optical Drive Blu-ray/DVD combo drive Blu-Ray/DVD combo drive
I/O USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Communication Ethernet, three different 802.11n radios (for connecting to controller and other devices), WiFi Direct Ethernet, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR)
A/V HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output HDMI, Analog-AV, Optical output
Controller Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad Motion-sensing six-axis, clickable touch pad, share button
Motion Control New Microsoft-developed Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera PlayStation Eye dual lens 1280x800x2 camera
Price Not yet announced Not yet announced
Availability Later this year Holiday 2013

Credit to Joystick for making this excellent chart.

Not all of the hardware specs have been clarified and revealed, but so far Sony’s PS4 has the advantage with 8GB DDR5 RAM, which is very high performance, compared to the Xbox’s 8GB DDR3 RAM.

Here are some more pictures.

xbox one top

xbox one back

xbox one side