Microsoft has released their followup to the Xbox 360 console, called the Xbox One.
Continuing the tech trend of unifying devices, Xbox One aims to create an all-in-one experience between your TV, music, internet, sports, and gaming.
Note that “gaming” was last on that list. Devices can’t just do one thing anymore.
The voice command “Xbox, on” boots it up with personalized home screen personalized to the user, remembering what you were doing last.
It uses the Kinect peripheral for arm-waving based navigation, voice commands for switching between media, and discovery based on what your friends are enjoying or what’s trending around the world.
It’ll play Blu-Ray discs, come with 8 GB of RAM, an 8-core CPU, a 500 GB hard drive, USB 3.0, have 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Oh, and Steven Spielberg will be producing a Halo television series.
This’ll be a pretty interesting year for consoles. Nintendo’s Wii U has been suffering in sales, Sony’s PlayStation 4 was announced in February to mixed reviews. With mobile and social games so readily available, traditional gamimg consoles just don’t seem to have the spark they once did. =) Bud