Announcement: Microsoft reveals the new Xbox One

Microsoft have just announced their new Xbox console: the Xbox One.

Designed to be central to your living room, the Xbox One will bring with it a host of features that intend on making it the ultimate of all-on-one entertainment and gaming system.

To quote from Microsoft’s press release:

“New Xbox One hardware is sleek and modern and complements any décor. The console is shaped in the 16:9 aspect ratio and employs a horizontal orientation optimized for its high-speed Blu-ray™ disc player. It is molded in a deep and rich liquid black color and includes a distinctive beveled edge.

The completely redesigned, revolutionary 1080p Kinect is more precise, more responsive and more intuitive. Its unparalleled vision, motion and voice technology let you reach into games and entertainment like never before by dramatically expanding its field of view and fidelity. It works in nearly any lighting condition, recognizes precise motion control from a slight wrist rotation, and distinguishes your voice even in a noisy room using advanced noise isolation.

The class-leading Xbox controller is refreshed with more than 40 technical and design innovations. Updated directional pad, thumb stick and ergonomic fit immerse all gamers in ways that are uniquely Xbox, and precision and control have been dramatically increased with all new vibrating impulse triggers. The Xbox One Wireless Controller is designed to work in concert with the new Kinect, allowing the two to be paired automatically to create seamless player syncing.”

In the same announcement, Microsoft announced updates and new features in Xbox Live, including SmartMatch, in-game DVR functionality, the ability to play against “ghost” Xbox Live friends and more. They also announced new content, games and titles – such as a Halo TV tie-in produced by Steven Speilberg, a host of new games including Forza Motorsport 5 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

No release date has been given yet – but we were promised that the new Xbox will be available “later this year”.

You can visit the new Xbox Wire blog at http://news.xbox.com for in-depth features on the new system, including photos and videos from the unveiling event and new and rotating content from Xbox. More details about Xbox One and blockbuster games will be explored at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, and we will continue to bring you more news and updates when they are provided.

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