The next-gen Xbox One arrives
Microsoft Tuesday unveiled its newest generation of the Xbox, which aims to interactively unite every essential piece of your entertainment setup and create an inclusive media experience.
Here's all the new hardware, including the Kinect at the top.
Next: Microsoft's entertainment head opens the show.
Not just for games anymore
Eight years after the launch of Xbox 360, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division, introduced the Xbox One at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
He called it the “ultimate all-in-one home-entertainment system.”
Next: Faster processor
The new console features cloud storage, Blu-ray capability, better graphics, and a faster processor than its predecessor.
Next: Better D-pad for the controller
A better controller
The new controller sports a more ergonomic shape, integrated battery compartment, and a long-awaited directional pad redesign.
Next: Electronic Arts 'Ignites'
EA's new game engine
At the Microsoft event, EA announced a next-generation game engine called Ignite that will “blur the line between real and virtual” for upcoming sports titles like FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, and EA Sports UFC.
The new engine captures athlete movement more naturally and supports dynamic crowds that react realistically to the match in front of them.
Next: EA Games evolve
More human-like reactions in EA games
EA Sports’s Andrew Wilson told the crowd that Ignite will allow virtual athletes in its new games to “make intelligent decisions with human-like reaction times.”
Next: new Kinect reacts to voice commands
The next generation of Kinect
The Xbox One's version of Kinect is much more powerful than the existing model. It can process data at a faster rate, has a 60 percent wider field of view, and supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Its motion tracking also is much more accurate.
The new Kinect sensor includes a multi-microphone array that distinguishes your voice from background noise so that you can verbally switch into TV, games, Skype, or any Xbox One experience.
Next: Halo franchise overseers discuss Xbox One plans
Halo to become a TV series
Bonnie Ross, left, studio head at 343 Industries, which oversees the Halo franchise, told the crowd she looks forward to bringing together the “storytelling magic of television with the interactive innovation of Xbox One.”
Microsoft digital media president Nancy Tellem joined Ross at the event.
Next: Steven Spielberg to bring Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn to television
Steven Spielberg to bring Halo to TV
In a pre-recorded video message, Steven Spielberg announced that he will serve as the executive producer of a live-action Halo television series.
Next: New Call of Duty
Announcing Call of Duty: Ghosts
Eric Hirshberg, president and CEO of Activision Publishing, premiered footage of the company's upcoming game Call of Duty: Ghosts, which takes place a decade after the fall of the U.S. government.
Next: Improvements in Call of Duty: Ghosts
Richer CoD environments
The new Call of Duty installment will feature advanced rendering in denser, more interactive environments, like the one shown here.
Next: A canine comrade in arms
Dog on duty
Ghosts will feature a lifelike tactical dog that you can command to assist you through the game.
Executive producer Mark Rubin said, “We’ve had dogs in Call of Duty before, but never like this. This is someone you care about--this is a squad member.”