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The Xbox One has been designed to be left turned on for 10 years without failure, inside sources at Microsoft have told Digital Foundry.

With this in mind it explains why the Xbox One is so large.

Microsoft is believed to have played it safe with the Xbox One design, placing a great emphasis on reliability. Not only does the console have to work for 10 years, it also has to be welcomed into the living room, meaning silent operation is a must and as a result efficient heat dissipation is essential.

Based on an extrapolation from the size of a USB port, the Xbox One is believed to measure 34x26x8 cm, giving ample room for a hefty fan – one which can spin slower thanks to its large blades, retaining impressive airflow all without being heard.

And all this is required because of Xbox One's design to be at the heart of all forms of entertainment, able to instantly switch between games, TV, and then back again without losing any progress.

So important is this feature that sources have told Digital Foundry that internally at Microsoft there is great frustration these benefits haven't been successfully sold to consumers. Gamescom will be used to have a second stab at explaining the Xbox One's selling points.

Xbox One will be released in November.

Source: Digital Foundry

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Karlius

If MS are this confident they should offer a free 3-5 year warranty. I'm sure that this would encourage people to buy. I'd also like to see a few extra perks maybe a free game at launch or a couple of extra character dl's for Killer Instinct. I'm of the opinion the XB1 has a slightly better launch window line up too.
Posted 10:27 on 01 August 2013
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sycholect

People keep claiming the lineup for the xbox looks alot stronger than the ps4 and I just don't see it.

Aside from Sunset Overdrive and D4 Xbox doesn't really have that many appealing exclusives. and going by faith in their commitment for exclusive titles Xbox 360 only has 1 exclusive title left for it's cycle whereas ps3 has 11.

Atleast this Xbox won't burn peoples houses down again.
Posted 02:50 on 01 August 2013
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Endless@ FantasyMeister

They need better use cases. TV and Video games are mutually exclusive activities as far as i'm concerned. However having the option to be watching TV, or playing a blu ray, and know whats going on in my gaming world via alerts and such is brilliant.

Being able to snap a search in from the side and do a quick check on IMDB or Wikipedia about something i'm watching or playing, including things such as access to gamefaqs and/or reviews for games i may or may not purchase is another great use case. Hell the Xbox knows what you're playing, it only takes someone to create a Windows 8 app to automatically search Gamefaqs or even these very pages and display the results in a side bar.

There's loads of possibilities, they've really only just scratched the surface and because of the fiasco with all the early restrictions people are unwilling to actually come up with the ideas themselves; The mental blocks are already in place. It's going to take them accurately describing some situations that are genuinely cool to even begin to persuade people otherwise.
Posted 23:14 on 31 July 2013
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timbob@ FantasyMeister

I agree but the games they have shown are good, especially when you compare it to sonys lineup and especially when you compare it to the 360's launch titles. If you use it as a games console, games should be enough to persuade you to buy it.
Posted 19:21 on 31 July 2013
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FantasyMeister

They've got a hard job to sell those benefits when you consider that currently you can just press pause and then a button on a TV remote to switch between games, TV and then back again without losing any progress.

To me the selling points are just the games and Microsoft haven't shown nearly enough.
Posted 16:30 on 31 July 2013