Xbox fans may want to start saving their pennies now, as the company has announced the release date and pricing for its next-generation console, the Xbox One. According to Microsoft, the system will launch in 21 markets this year. U.S. gamers can expect to get their hands on the system this November at a starting price of $499. Microsoft previously revealed the Xbox One back in May during its initial announcement back in May.
The Xbox One is a huge step up from the Xbox 360, packing an AMD octa-core processor, 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a Blue-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0 an 802.11n wireless card with Wi-Fi Direct. Microsoft has already unveiled a whole host of features for the Xbox One including voice controls that will, among other things, allow you to turn on the system by simply saying, “Xbox on.”
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Live TV integration and instant switching will allow you to quickly switch between live television and your favorite game without missing a second of the action. Snap mode allows users to multitask while using the One, while in-game social features let all of your friends join in on the action.
Beyond the Xbox One’s pricing and release date, Microsoft also unveiled a slew of games for its next-generation system, as well as a new version of its current-generation Xbox 360. Microsoft also demonstrated advanced functionality between the Xbox One and its Smart Glass app, as well as a host of new online features.
We’ll bring you a full hands-on with the Xbox One from the convention floor here at E3 2013 in the coming days.