After much anticipation, Microsoft has officially unveiled its next-generation Xbox console. It’s been nearly eight years since Microsoft released its Xbox 360, and now the all-new Xbox One is here to invade living rooms all over the world.
Microsoft has been promoting the Xbox as a central entertainment hub for quite some time now, and this idea is at the heart of Xbox One. The next-generation Xbox will heavily incorporate voice dictation, as Microsoft’s Yusef Mehdi demonstrated on stage. For example, if you want to turn the device on simply say “Xbox On and your TV and the console will power on. You can use voice commands to launch everything from apps to games and even switching between inputs on your television.
True to the rumors, the Xbox One will come with an eight-core CPU with 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, a Blue-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, and USB 3.0. It will also connect to the Internet via 802.11n with Wi-Fi Direct.
Microsoft has also announced that a next-generation Kinect will come with each Xbox One unit. The revamped Kinect will feature a 1080p HD RGB camera with 30 FPS color and Time of Flight technology. Its wide-angle camera can detect even the slightest rotations and can monitor your heartbeat as you exercise.
Microsoft hasn’t specified a release date, but says the Xbox One will launch later this year. We’ll be looking forward to getting our hands on the new Xbox at this year’s E3 next month .