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Microsoft has announced Xbox One, due for release globally at the end of 2013.

Xbox One is the third video game console from Microsoft, following on from 2001's Xbox and 2005's Xbox 360.

Microsoft revealed the Xbox One alongside a redesigned controller and all-new Kinect camera.

Microsoft describes Xbox One as the "all-in-one experience", a "rocket science-level" device that lets users view live TV, and access games, movies and music.

Though the system specs have yet to be fully detailed, the console features 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Blu-ray drive and introduces "a completely redefined Xbox LIVE".

For more details on the console, click the fact sheet below or take a look at the first official hi-res photos.

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Using Kinect voice commands, Xbox One lets users instantly switch between different types of entertainment. New 'swipe' and 'grab and pan' hand gestures also let users easily navigate the console's user interface, and interact between different forms of media without the need to close applications.

The console even lets players pull up fantasy teams, browse highlight videos or league standings while watching live TV. For example, viewers watching basketball can quickly access highlight reels that display alongside the live TV.

Users can quickly hop between TV channels simply by saying their name, too.

The next-gen console was revealed during Microsoft's Xbox Reveal event currently underway in Redmond, Washington.

A price for Xbox One has yet to be announced, but early retailer listings suggest the console could launch for around £399.

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MJTH

Turn's out Xbox Live Gold Subscriptions still exists in a similar form also. The biggest change is however is that the subscription is link to the console and not the account. If you have multiple Xbox accounts on one XboxOne then everyone user on that one console can use the Gold subscription for that console. But if one those said users logged into another XboxOne, then they couldn't the online Gold service until he pays for gold on the second XboxOne.
Posted 12:15 on 22 May 2013
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munkee

I'm not sure that's even an improvement, is it?
Posted 11:53 on 22 May 2013
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RoeParcRanger@ munkee

Well actually recent comments from microsoft are hinting that so long as it's the same xbox then he'll be able to play the game as well.
Posted 10:43 on 22 May 2013
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munkee

This, my friends, this is why you shouldn't be so hasty to buy digital software. Your "collection" becomes even more worthless when your console manufacturer of choice decides not to validate your digital purchases on new hardware.

Physical software owners can sell their older hardware and keep their game collection safe until the future when they decide to buy the hardware again at a far cheaper price point. Digital software "owners" are completely at the mercy of their digital distribution providers. The moment they switch that service off you're stuck with one choice and that's to tear the HDD out of your machine and hope to the gods that you can validate your purchases somehow in the future.

Back on Xbox One, I can't understand how waving at my TV is a better way to change channel than pushing a button.

Two, I can't give my younger brother hand-me-down games without also giving him my login details and inline profile to play them. Presumably I can't sign in to my own profile at any time he's playing. Dick move Microsoft/publishers. Don't get me wrong, I fully expect Sony to pull the same *****. I simply HOPE they don't.

I wouldn't worry about the no games issue. Both consoles will be providing the same games with maybe a few exceptions. Xbox will still be about guns and sports, Playstation will still be about guns and adventures.
Posted 07:55 on 22 May 2013
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Woodfella

Remember when Microsoft revealed the xbox slim by lifting a case of the big xbox to reveal that. The xbox one looks like they forgot to do it. Its *****i*g massive. Good news is it plays cassettes.

This is probably all just hot air and I'll end up buying one after they get the big guns out at E3.
Posted 00:59 on 22 May 2013
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BigGorrack18

Well thank god DARK SOULS 2 will be on ps3.
Posted 00:15 on 22 May 2013
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malph@ Styx

Not knowing if the console plays any games bothers me.
Posted 21:37 on 21 May 2013
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Styx@ pblive

I think its important. I have spent £400 plus on Games on demand and XBLA. Not being able to play those on the new console bothers me.
Posted 21:18 on 21 May 2013
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malph

It looks like it was designed by a sentient etch a sketch
Posted 21:15 on 21 May 2013
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Clockpunk

I'm curious to what extent a game installed on one profile might be accessed on another's device through the cloud service, whether that will allow for split screen play.
Posted 19:58 on 21 May 2013
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Woodfella

The fact that it cant play 360 games would bother me if it wasnt called xbox one. One suggests one machine you can do everything with the centre of your living room. You cannae play 360 games though, but luckily the 360 fits nicely on top of the monolithic black VCR.
Posted 19:53 on 21 May 2013
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pblive

PS3 was only the first model and only certain titles in Europe, even 360 had some limitations on backward compatibility.

PS4 should have it through streaming service, anyway, but I think the price old hardware now sells for its worth just holding on to the old consoles.
Posted 19:52 on 21 May 2013
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FantasyMeister@ pblive

It was a huge selling point for the PS2, PS3 and XBox 360, until later on when both companies started back-pedalling on it.

If either the PS4 or XBox One were backwards compatible it would've been an no-brainer which one to go for, but seeing as both aren't I'm going to be stuck in this gen for a long time.
Posted 19:46 on 21 May 2013
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pblive

Interesting, but lack of gameplay footage was disappointing. Still, early days and it has plenty of promise.

I don't think backward compatibility is that important. You play 360/PS3 games on those consoles. Older consoles never had it, few consoles had full BC, so why do we expect it now?
Posted 19:43 on 21 May 2013
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Ghost_Dog

Silly name, ugly big box (and a separate, smaller, ugly device) and Microsoft seem obsessed with the TV features rather than the games.

After the no frills unveiling of the PS4 (although Sony seem more interested in the games), next-gen is leaving me cold. I think I'll just glue my Megadrive to my Sky box and stick with that.

...oh, and it has a new Call of Duty game. How original and exciting! Can't wait!
Posted 19:36 on 21 May 2013