It has been some time since the PS4 is announced with its full suite of gamer-centric features such as Ustream integration, Sony has shown their hand and now it’s Microsoft’s turn. The big reveal kicked off in standard MS fashion by having Don Mattrick come out and talk about how the Xbox would take over the living room as your all purpose media box. After a few agonizing minutes, the burning question on everyone’s mind was answered; the next generation Xbox would be named the Xbox One contrary to the rampant rumor that the console would be named the Xbox Infinity.
The first thing they showed was the new and improved Kinect sensor – which would be included with each Xbox One and its integration into the Xbox Dashboard. Gamers can now interact with the system via gesture and voice controls much like minority report, saying “Xbox, On” would turn the console on, “Xbox, home” would return you back to your home screen and swiping at your screen would navigate the dashboard.
With all the aesthetics are out of the way it’s time to pop the hood and take a look at what the Xbox One is packing. A 8 core CPU, 8gb of RAM, a 500gb HDD, a blu-ray disc drive and WiFi direct. The Kinect sensor also got an upgrade, the new Kinect 2.0 would have a wider field of view, detect more joints like the wrists and shoulder and even read your heartbeat – does anyone still remember the Wii vitality sensor ? The Xbox One controller looks like a beefed up version of the Xbox 360 controller with a slight nod to the original Xbox controller and they finally fixed the D-Pad.
Every console announcement needs its far share of games and MS did not disappoint. A fully fledged sequel to the venerable Forza Motorsport series was announced: Forza Motorsport 5. Call of Duty fans got a sneak peek at Call of Duty: Ghost. The makers of Alan Wake Remedy Entertainment showed off their newest horror game Quantum Break. The biggest bombshell however was the announcement of legendary film maker Steven Spielberg’s involvement in producing an original live action TV series based on the Halo franchise.
Despite the several bombshells dropped by Microsoft, I walked away from the my computer with mixed feelings. On one hand, the Kinect integration was interesting and new however the lack of focus on the bread and butter of any console, the games left me somewhat disappointed. Well, we’ll just have to wait for E3.
by Chen KangYi
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