This one's for you: Meet the Xbox One

A brand new generation console launches in November and, in association with Xbox, we are chronicling the journey to get there. Join us on the Road to Xbox One... 

A new generation will come to life later this year with the launch of Xbox One.

Twelve and eight years respectively after the generation-redefining Xbox and Xbox 360, Xbox One introduces a raft of new features, hardware improvements, online invention and exclusive software, promising to drive excitement in the global video games market.

Xbox One is designed to be the all-in-one entertainment system, home to blockbuster games and exclusive triple-A titles. It is also a rich entertainment and communications device, with advanced live TV options and Skype built-in. This new console is more than just a hardware upgrade – it offers groundbreaking new functionality across control and interface, online services, software and hardware.

This new console is more than just a hardware upgrade – it offers brand new functionality across control and interface, online services, software and hardware.

IN CONTROL

Xbox One introduces new features for the gamepad and Kinect, allowing players to access games and content however they want.

The classic controller has been redesigned – Microsoft says over 40 technical innovations have been made to improve the feel and comfort of an already-popular design.

The Xbox One controller boasts increased data transfer rate between the controller and console, a brand new D-pad and revamped thumbsticks – even the individual triggers vibrate now.

Kinect has been totally redesigned, and is now an integral part of tailoring the Xbox One experience. The 1080p camera boasts precise tracking abilities and can work in even the least optimal light conditions – even in the dark thanks to its infrared camera – recognising user motion right down to the blink of an eye. Voice recognition on Kinect has also been brought to the fore, switching your console on instantly by saying ‘Xbox On’.

DIGITAL REBORN

Xbox One also signifies the introduction of many digital and online improvements and innovations.

Xbox Live has been totally reimagined for the new console, from better matchmaking and multiplayer functions through to new ways to see what entertainment content is trending on both live TV and streaming services such as Xbox Video and Netflix. There are also Game DVR functions, a new Achievements system, and SmartGlass is deeply integrated with the OS.

Cloud computing also promises to add an extra layer of brainpower to key games, and a variety of new ways to store game content. Data stored in the cloud promises to make game worlds bigger and helps them grow and offer more over time.

Most importantly, your existing Xbox Live subscription will carry over to Xbox One, bringing your friends, achievements and the rest of your gaming career over with it. And one Xbox Live Gold subsciption will work for the whole household.

TOP EXCLUSIVES AND CONTENT

Some of the most respected game studios on the planet are developing new games exclusively for Xbox One. These include the likes of 343 Industries, Crytek, Turn 10 Studios, Remedy, DICE, Capcom and Insomniac Games.

Titles of all sizes, from triple-A blockbusters to innovative indie titles via more accessible and family-oriented games will be present, and a number of them ready at launch.

Standout first-party-published titles – such as Forza 5, Killer Instinct, Kinect Sports Rivals, Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive and Below – have already been announced.

But third-parties are ready for Xbox One too, with both this year’s blockbusters and the next heading to next gen: Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Titanfall, Metal Gear Solid V, Battlefield 4, and more are on the way. FIFA will offer Xbox One owners exclusive content and Call of Duty DLC launches first on the console.

THE ROAD AHEAD

Xbox One will be here in November, introducing a new generation of games and entertainment.

During the weeks ahead we will be focusing in-depth on the Xbox One experience, profiling key games, and updating you on retail activity and announcements from Gamescom.

Check your weekly MCV or visit MCVuk.com each Friday as we chronicle the Road to Xbox One.

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