Microsoft has just released some interesting facts and new details for their upcoming console, the Xbox One. A Day One edition of the console has been unboxed and explored -- one of less than 20 that exist on our planet. Along with this unboxing comes plenty of new details on the system, and we have the highlights for you here.
As for system specs, we've heard a lot of them leading up to now. You'll get a 500GB hard disk, a slot-loading Blu-ray drive, HDMI in/out ports, S/PDIF, a new Kinect sensor port, three USB 3.0 ports, and both Wired and Wireless (A/B/G/N dual-band 2.4 and 5ghz frequencies) networking. And don't forget the IR blaster. This all comes in a Liquid Black finished system that uses a 16:9 design ratio across all components -- even the Kinect.
Speaking of Kinect, this new one has a 1080p HD camera with a wider field of view. New sensors improve low-light sensitivity, and four microphones do all the listening.
The controller has a new (and waaaay better) d-pad, new thumb sticks, and triggers that are loaded with haptic feedback. The batter compartment is seamless, and when you open it you can pop in AA or rechargeable batteries. A micro USB cable will be used for charging and wired gameplay, but note that you can't charge generic rechargeable AA batteries with it. When you plug in the USB cable, the internal radio shuts off. You can even play without batteries in this mode.
There is a new chat headset that has an upgraded speaker and mic, and it has been designed to take advantage of the systems new sampling rate, which is three times that of the Xbox 360. The headset is light, has a padded earpiece, and a bendable, rotating boom. Oh, and muting and volume control takes place on the controller and not the headset -- nice.
And while HDMI cables aren't as exciting as the rest of this stuff, know that one comes in the box. It is 4K rated, so that means it'll also handle 1080P and 3D with no problems.
What do you think about all of these technical details? Or the unboxing. Are you putting a preorder in now?
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