The Xbox One revealed 

Darryn Bonthuys
May 21, 2013 at 7:05 pm


After eight years of current-generationing, Microsoft is finally ready to move on and look towards the future. With Nintendo having fired the first shot in the next-gen war with the Wii U, Sony hit back with the Playstation 4 earlier this year. And from the rear, comes the Xbox . We’ll be updating as news arrives, so stay awhile, and listen!

And we are a go! The lights are bright, the excitement is high and people want to see more than just a controller tonight! Various Microsoft developers and Steven Spielberg talk the creation of Xbox in the opening video. “We’re about to change entertainment forever… again”.

 Don Mattrick is first on the stage tonight, and talks about the original Xbox and the Live service. “I’ve spent my entire career in interactive entertainment and I’ve never been more excited than I am today”. Mattick confirms that new things are coming to the Xbox 360 at E3, but this is most likely the end of the road for that console.

 Mattrick hits us with some general PR fluff, “All in one system for games, TV, and entertainment. Future with hardware, software and services with you in the center”. And the console is now known as the Xbox One. “The ultimate all-in-one entertainment experience” Pics!

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 Xbox One will feature a 360 style controller, Kinect and cloud tech, and is voice activated. We’re shown the console responding to voice commands, pretty quickly in a live demo. The dashboard so far looks very familiar to the current one.  “The ultimate all-in-one entertainment experience”, we’re told.

Kinect is everywhere with this console. Imagine pinching and pulling on an iPad, but in your own space, and you’d have a good idea what the console is capable of. It’s called Snap Mode. Snap Mode allows multiple programs to run at once on the console. Such as watching a movie while browsing the net in a separate column. Xbox One also has Skype now, and includes group video calls. Not bad.

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TV stations and series are shown running on Xbox One, but it’s for content that most likely won’t be available locally. Marc Whitten appears to talk about future-proofing the console. Xbox One has 8GB of RAM, a Blu-Ray drive and features “near silent” operation.

Xbox One has three operating systems; Xbox, the Windows kernel and a third system that combines the two for multitasking features

The new Kinect on the Xbox One has been “completely redesigned”, and has faster voice recognition and increased accuracy. “This is rocket science stuff”, Whitten says.


The new Kinect can detect your shoulder movements and even your heartbeat. That’s some big tech. But more importantly, we’re talking about the controller now. The Xbox One controller has been updated with “40 design innovations”. It now has Impulse triggers, a new d-pad thank the gods and an improved battery life. All of this, also tracked by the new Kinect.


The new Xbox Live will also be powered by over 300,000 servers. This is bigger than the internet…in 1999, Whitten tells us. Next up, Andrerw Wilson from EAa to tell us about the four games that are being worked on for the Xbox One: UFC, FIFA, NBA and American Football in the form of Madden.

EA talks games, using a new engine for sports games called ignite. It looks real pretty.




Forza Motorsport 5 officially announced for Xbox One by Phil Spencer. It’s pure car porn.

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Forza 5 

Alan Wake developer Remedy is revealed to be developing a game for Xbox One by the name of Quantum Break. It’s described as a supernatural thriller, and time looks like it will play a major feature in it.

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15 exclusive games promised for first 12 months of Xbox One, 8 of which will be brand new IP. 343 Industrie’s Bonnie Ross then appears to tell us that Microsoft has a new Halo project in the pipeline. A TV series that Steven Spielberg himself attached to it. The show will have the format of a “premium television series”. And then I switch off when Microsoft starts talking about Football. I believe rugby is similar to it, except it’s played by men.

 Xbox One will be launched worldwide “later this year”. Nothing is said of an exact date or pricing yet. The show is wrapping up, but not before we see one more premiere. Call of Duty: Ghosts. But ignore that, because we have our own feature on that game at eight PM tonight.

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  • Tasty peas mixed with porridge

    It is confirmed. You can never get old and grow out of Videogames even tho it feels like it is time. It is the industry that has become to big for its boots and used US GAMERS to give all of our money to give them better platforms to become EVEN MORE GREEDY and leave US CORE GAMERS on the way side while they play catch up with other forms of media that are raking in the money.

    USED. They even admit it in this article, that gamers are their ticket to heaven.

    Nice to know that it is not me that has gotten sick and tired of videogames but THE FAT CATS got sick and tired of making less money for our niche hobby and moved on.

    • Tasty peas mixed with porridge

      They even say that from all the DATA capturing on XBOX LIVE only 1 third of the time is spent playing games.

      • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

        Gosh I was excited hey but this is pure greed!! …… how sad

    • Deon Steyn

      Very interesting perspective. I’m sticking to PS though. I was open to either console but I’m not convinced

      • Tasty peas mixed with porridge


  • Admiral Chief Commander

    Windows kernel?

    So, prone to blue screens then?

    • Anon A Mouse

      Now now, play nice.

      • Admiral Chief Commander

        I am, otherwise I would have posted some offensive pictawr 😛

  • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

    I feel very very hurt and sad at the latest news, I was seriously excited but really, paying a fee to activate used games ?!!! no..NO!

    • Deon Steyn

      Oh this is it!

      • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

        Too much fuel to the fire?

        • Deon Steyn

          Don’t see any down votes yet :)

          • Rince an repeat

            Because it is a win!

          • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

            Lol I can’t side with MS on this ….. It’s too hard, I’m excited for both consoles but MS is pushing it too far hey

          • Rince an repeat

            One thing I am worried about is the demise of a system that doesn’t take new steps in order to survive. I can see this next generation as being the last, and if that is the case, MS will win, because they can fall back on the entertainment Hub. SONY is only just catching up with the 360, and they cannot afford to have that happen again, especially with the costs involved with making their new console. At lease (as much as I dislike it I can understand the business model) MS will have other revenues coming in. I also hate the idea of having to pay to play a mate’s game. How the fuck is OVG going to play ANY news games? He sells all his others to buy them at the moment! hahaha

          • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

            It’s smart man, it really is, this is always my gripe, beyond all logical reasoning it just sux. It’s logical that MS goes this route . but like you said MS can fall back on the entertainment hub but how is that good for gamers? SONY is banking on gamers and I hope for GAMING people will support SONY, Supporting MS means supporting consoles as an entertainment hub not a gaming machine

            Poor OVG …. Gonna have to start saving the pennies under the couch

          • Rince an repeat

            That is the balance though isn’t it. WiiU fucked up bad, and it may take Nintendo down with it. If the PS4 cannot make money from the SMALL Hardcore gamer market, and we are the smaller market, it’s CoD and that trife that are the cash cows, they will not survive long. That’s why I am willing to wait. I don’t need Kinetic 2.0 watching me screw Lucy, my blow up doll, but I do understand them wanting to attract people who may not be of the hardcore persuasion. If MS move away from creating awesome games, then they can go hang.

    • Zubayr Bhyat

      Amen Brother Amen.

    • Purple_Dragon

      Yeah, it’s really fucked up. I just get an image of MS taking a shotgun out and blowing their foot off.

      You can’t even play a bit on a game borrowed from a mate, you have to pay this activiation fee kak. I think even if yuo have two accounts on the same XBox you have to pay to activate on the 2nd account because games are linked to accounts!

      Probably too early to tell but I think Xbox have fucked up mightily with this xbox “one”. Even the name makes me laugh my head off.

  • Purple_Dragon

    I think they’ve missed the boat. Bad idea linking games to accounts, thereby forcing you to pay for 2nd hand games. I also think the new controller sucks donkey balls, it reminds me of that Ouya controller.

    One thing is for sure, I won’t be getting the next XBOX.

    • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

      Nice word play lol

    • Zubayr Bhyat

      I’ll use the controller first and judge tbh. As for the DRM crap I hope it’s removed.

  • KingKappie

    wll all you Trolls Im sold on the new Xbox one

    • Tasty peas mixed with porridge

      So if the PS3 was R6000 6 years ago, expect this to be more as people are more than willing to pay even more these days for cell phones and tablets.

      But, out of your R9000 only R3000 is devoted to gaming.

      PS2 FOREVER :)

      • Rince an repeat

        Agreed, and if they can pull it off, all to them. The Xbox 360 did what no one thought possible and owned the playstation after the PS2 and its success.

  • mancera

    I wonder who the down vote troll is… Anyhoo… I’m excited about BOTH consoles, even though I wouldn’t be able to afford either of them until about 3 years into the gen, much like the current gen.

    I’m waiting to see what happens at E3, and when exactly they’ll be releasing these consoles, but from past experience it’ll be just before December for the Christmas rush, and of course we’ll only get them for sale here 3 months later (unless if they pull their fingers out their butts and be friendly to SA).

    Both the consoles seem huge, but the Xbox One looks massive looking at the pics, a lot bigger than the original 360 and PS3, but they’ll revise and tweak and make them smaller again.

    This thing about “OOOOH we have exclusives!!!” is just irritating to me, I wish game devs could just release everything for every platform and make us all happy instead of having to have all the current gen consoles to play the games you want, but that’s just, as I said, wishful. I really don’t want to have to buy a PS4 and X1 just so I can have Fable, God of War, etc…

  • MieLLiePaP

    so whats up with the stupid internet connection that you require! yes you dont have to be always online, but you stil need internet for the new Xbox One! So its turning into the same concept as pc games, where you have to activate the game online then you can play it offline! many people in SA won’t buy this because many don’t have internet in SA. I was so happy with the announcement ..until they said…INTERNET!!

  • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

    Any news on DRM or persistent Internet Connection?

    • Gavin Mannion

      we’re busy nailing down the facts but so far it’s looking weird… more details incoming

      • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

        Thanks Gav. So sad to hear about the used games fee. Fail.

  • GTO

    About what was expected from XBox. Everything but the games, which is fine, I expect they will use e3 for that. The pictures they showed had average geraphics even by todays standards, nothing next gen about them. Ad pre rendered, I wasn’t impressed. They really need to improve XBox live a lot to justify the price.

  • Trevor Davies

    I love PR fluff.

    “Future with hardware, software and services with you in the center.” No, you’re not in the center, their machine is between you & what you want – IT is in the center; and MS will do their damndest to get you to do it their way.

  • Lardus

    Anything said about backwards compatibility?

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      confirmed that there is none.

      • Lardus

        Why do I feel like swearing? Probably should have known in advance, shouldn’t I?

        • Zubayr Bhyat


  • fred

    I have no interest in sticking my dstv feed into a gaming console , you will not be able to record content anyway. I have a dedicated 3d monitor just for gaming and with the prices of tv’s going down , i’m sure many others do too. They should be interested in not taking over the living room , but the gaming room.

  • Deano

    Looking good.
    Love the DVR and exclusives, just want to know more about this whole games tied to accounts story.
    Only thing im cautious about. but will wait to hear more. Bring on E3.

  • Tidycpc

    I dont get the bad mouthing, the xbox one does more than just gaming. It still has all the gaming features plus extra entertainment features.

  • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra
    • Zubayr Bhyat

      Read the same. Then again like someone pointed out there are many unknowns. With all these little criticisms we hope MS will grow brain cells and stop this madness.

      • Umar ‘Van Hohenhaim’ Bastra

        Indeed, don’t see this happening though, they are sticking with this game plan … SO SAD!

  • Matthew Figueira

    257 Comments? O_O

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