Microsoft’s new baby: World of home entertainment taken to next level with Xbox One

2013-05-22 00:00

A DECADE ago, gaming consoles were designed to be used by a player inserting a disk or drive that stores information. The launch of newer consoles reshapes home entertainment.

The second of the eighth generation of consoles was launched last night by Microsoft as the Xbox One.

Xbox president Don Mattrick announced the device would be the “all-in-one” household entertainment system.

The console was designed as a hub of entertainment for the home. It can be operated via voice and face recognition and can control the entire television system.

Built as a bigger and better unit, the Xbox One allows for apps such as Skype to be operated simultaneously while watching television, playing a game or browsing the Internet through its Snap feature.

Fans of one of SA’s biggest games, Fifa, will be thrilled to know that the latest offering from the franchise, Fifa 14, will be released alongside 15 new games with eight new franchises. In addition, movie director Steven Spielberg will work with Xbox Entertainment Studio to create a TV series from the popular game Halo.

The console maker also teamed up with the U.S. National Football League to create a fantasy league feature that interacts with live matches.

On the games frontier, Activision’s Call of Duty: Ghost was announced, showcasing the console’s vivid graphics, including the ability to see finer details such as cuts, bruises, fine hair and dirt under characters’ nails.

The launch of the Xbox One comes after the announcement of the PlayStation 4, the company’s biggest rival, which revealed the controller for the latest console, keeping the unit under wraps till the end of the year.

The console will also compete against Nintendo’s Wii U launched last year as the first of the eighth generation of consoles.

Mattrick said the Xbox One would be available “later this year”.

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