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Xbox One: The Next Generation of Gaming

Updated on December 28, 2013
The New Xbox One
The New Xbox One

What Is Xbox One

Some of you may have been living under a rock all year and may not now what Xbox One is. This is Microsoft's latest gaming console, scheduled to be released around Christmas time of this year (2013). The Xbox One is definitely a major upgrade to the Xbox 360 with many features that have gamers anxious to buy. Microsoft's new gaming console is definitely going to be an industry leader just like it's predecessor.

Cool Features of the Xbox One

Voice Activated

One of the coolest features on the Xbox One is the ability of the user to talk to the system. There's no need to hassel with the on/off button anymore. Simply walk into the room and say, "Xbox on," and the Xbox One will boot-up and use the built in camera and voice sensors in the Kinect to recognize your face and voice. Once it recognizes you, it will automatically go to your profile. All of the new Xbox One consoles come with a Kinect.

Similarly, a gamer can seamlessly switch to different activities on their Xbox One by speaking. The command "Xbox, watch tv," will allow you to watch cable within a second (covered in a later section). The command "Xbox, call (fill in the blank)," will allow you to skype (fill in the blank) within a second (also covered in a later section).

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Watch Cable on Xbox One

Another cool feature is the ability to connect your cable service to your Xbox One. According to Microsoft, the Xbox One will be compatible with just about every cable service provider in the country. Simply hook your cable box to your Xbox, and command away. "Xbox, watch Cupcake Wars." "Xbox, what's on MTV?" The Xbox One is one smart system. This feature also eliminates the need for multiple controllers. Usually a gamer has a controller for the cable box, a controller for the television, and, of course, their Xbox controller. Now, you don't need them. Just speak and watch.

Skype on your HDTV

The Xbox One will have a built in Skype feature that will work along with the camera and voice sensor. Of course, you'll need to subscribe to Skype to use this feature, but simply tell your Xbox One who to call, and you'll be Skyping from your giant 60 inch Plasma TV (or whatever HDTV you have).

Blazing Speeds and the Cloud

Microsoft says that the Xbox One will be very fast compared to past gaming consoles. No more waiting for apps and games to load. They will be automatically ready. This is due to the fact that the Xbox One will be connect to Microsoft's cloud. Microsoft has over 300,000 servers dedicated to the Xbox Live service. This will allow an amazing amount of information to be stored and instantly available to gamers all over the world at incredible speeds. Gamers will even have their own game DVR to record their most awesome gaming moments to save to their cloud. The same is true for turning on the Xbox One. It's fast. No waiting for the console to turn on a load up. No lagging or confusion. Each device will work seamlessly with the Xbox One to give you an instant experience. Just give it the command, it takes a second or two to recognize you and it's ready to go.

The back of the Xbox One
The back of the Xbox One

Like Magic, a Wave of the Hand

Besides the voice activation, gamers are also able to switch between menus on the Xbox One with a wave of the hand. Gamers can also zoom into and out of screens by grabbing an invisible rectangle in front of them and opening or closing it. The menus go left, right, up, or down so gamers can simply wave their hand in the direction that they want the menu to swipe.

ESPN Integration

The Xbox One has the ability to integrate fantasy sports teams right onto the TV screen. Simply give the command "Xbox, show fantasy" and the fantasy players pop right up on the side of the TV screen. Users can use their cell phones to interact with the Xbox One in updating their players or any game highlights they may be interested in. Users are also able to rewind their favorite plays from live games. This will redefines how people will watch their favorite sports on TV.

Game Line-Up for Xbox One

  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Ryse
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Watch Dogs
  • Kinect Sports Rival
  • NBA Live 14
  • FIFA 14
  • Need for Speed Rival
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Destiny
  • NBA 2K14
  • Skylanders SWAP Force
  • Just Dance 2014

So Many Features

There are so many more amazing features that the Xbox One will provide to users. The Xbox One Reveal Video (available in a video capsule at the end of this hub) describes almost all of the features that will be available for users. The Xbox One is also going to be released with an amazing line-up of games that will have the most realistic graphics that the world has ever seen.


The Xbox One console is available for pre-ordering and starting at $499 in some places, including Amazon. Users are also able to get a console bundled with their favorite game for more. Kinect will come standard with each console, as well as one controller. Users are able to get other accessories to accompany the Xbox One.

The Xbox One is a mind-blowing piece of technology--the most advanced gaming system that the world has seen. Microsoft has packed this console full of new features that gamers used to only dream about. For the past two and a half years, Microsoft has had the leading gaming console sales. The Xbox One will definitely help Microsoft to continue their domination the gaming console industry.

Xbox One Reveal - About 1 Hour


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