Microsoft followed through on the reveal of their new system with the Xbox One, which they are billing as an all-in-one entertainment system.
The new console adds live television and group video calls via Skype to the existing features, including movies, music and gaming. The console will work with your cable television account to seamlessly switch back and forth between games and TV. Microsoft also announced its first voyage into TV programming with a live-action “Halo” series that Steven Spielberg is involved with.
Only one specific launch title was mentioned, the racing game “Forza Motorsport 5,” however it was announced that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” will have downloadable content available first on Xbox One. There will be 15 exclusives for the Xbox One in its first year of release, with eight of those titles being new franchises. “Quantum Break” was one of the new games shown, from the creators of “Max Payne” and “Alan Wake.”
EA Sports was on-hand to show off footage from their first entries into the Xbox One library. “FIFA 14,” NBA 14,” “UFC 14” and “Madden 25” were all confirmed for the system and will run on the new EA Sports Ignite gaming engine. “FIFA 14” will include content exclusive to Xbox One for the “Ultimate Team” playing mode.
The Xbox One also includes a redesigned Kinect sensor, a Blu-Ray drive, an upgraded controller and better connectivity with the Smart Glass app. There was no mention of the rumored “always-on” feature of the console, or whether used games will be blocked out.
More information about the console will be presented at Microsoft’s Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing on June 10. Xbox One will launch before the end of 2013, though a price point has not been announced.