Microsoft Reveals “Xbox One”

Who says “1” has to be first?

“After months of rumors and speculation, Microsoft’s next-generation console is finally here. During a special event at the company’s Redmond headquarters today, Microsoft is unveiling Xbox One. Describing it as an all-in-one console, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick unveiled the new shaped Xbox controller alongside Xbox hardware that closely resembles a set-top box.

What really sounds exciting are the voice activated controls, which allows for “instant switching between input modes – tv, game, music.” The specs also look pretty good, with 8GB RAM, Blu-ray, a 500GB hard drive, and USB 3.0 compatibility.

In my opinion, this is a much better roll-out than what Sony did for the PS4. While Sony showed off the games without introducing the console itself, Microsoft started off by focusing on the system’s capabilities outside of gaming. They seem to understand that consoles are moving away from being home arcades to entertainment hubs where you browse the internet, watch TV or a movie, and play your favorite games without getting off your couch.

Who knows? I might even buy it myself.

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