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The New Generation Xbox Revealed – XBOX ONE

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At precisely 6pm BST Time (UK) the pre-warm up intro music dropped and the stage opened. The dramatic tones of drums, and god-knows-whatever-else a bit rock and pop had been playing about 15 minutes prior. The new Xbox console from Microsoft is now officially announced. Today we welcome the birth of a new generation with the XBOX ONE

Twitter was awash with reactions every waking second – What if they show no games, what if no console is shown, what if this, that and the other – showing how the bad PS4 reveal had an effect on Xbox fans in the build up todays reveal. The moment the console was on stage, my mouth had dropped, this sexy beast was going to be mine this year. The new generation XBOX ONE is all modern, metro and sexy, with a specifications list to match.

Some quotes during the event is that Team Xbox is on a new mission to design and build an all in one system that will light up a new generation of games and entertainment to put YOU at the centre of it. The all in one entertainment system is the one system for a new generation …

Games, Movies, Skype and Interactive TV all comes together.

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Some of the new experiences with the all new XBOX ONE and new Kinect are:

  • Controls all your devices with voice commands.
  • Remembers what you was last doing and playing.
  • New Metro Theme and Trendy area.
  • New Social features.
  • No need to change input to watch tv.
  • Faster voice command reactions.
  • Xbox Movies and Music still present.
  • Skype – Skype now has multiple video group chat only on Xbox One
  • Skype with Kinect control.
  • Interactive TV with Xbox One Guide.

The next generation Kinect sensor is crisp at 1080p with wider view, Kinect can now understand the slightest rotation of a wrist or shoulder. It can read your heart beat, but even the new Xbox controller has been updated too for the hands-on approach to gaming. Integrated battery compartment, dynamic input buttons, better D-pad, a whole better playing experience for next-gen assisted by the all improved Kinect Sensor.

The new Xbox LIVE is more powerful and will use more than 300,000 servers for XBOX ONE compared to just 15,000 for Xbox 360. This will enable greater cloud based experiences, saves, movies, anytime anywhere. Intelligent TV and a multiplayer gaming DVR functionality is included to save your gaming moments and bragging rights. Achievements will tell your personal story of how you play, and a new future matchmaking feature to find better matchmaking tailored to you. Bigger matches with more players, better living and persistent worlds will now be a possibility with the breakthrough of XBOX ONE!

The new generation XBOX ONE is here… available this fall.

Look out for further updates really soon.

Xbox Now Relates to Broadcasting Services Not Console Name

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There’s been a great deal of leaks surrounding the next Xbox with names surfacing such as Xbox 8, Xbox Infinity, just Xbox, but the latest was said to be “Xbox Now” as slipped out by an employee of RARE on social networking sites.

Many media and gaming websites have jumped on the Xbox-conga and rumoured the console name as another addition to the family before Microsoft FINALLY announces the new Xbox at tonights unveiling (6pm BST Time) via Xbox.com and console streaming apps.

A quick trademark search has shown that in the UK, Microsoft trademarked the “Xbox Now” terms last October and it relates to Audio and Video broadcasting services over the internet. With the trademark being registered in the UK, and RARE (who leaked the name) developing in the UK, perhaps this is something they’re working for next-gen…

…but the trademark does not relate to hardware or even software?

The New Generation of Xbox – Reminder #XboxReveal

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Hey readers, this is a reminder post to let everyone know that next Tuesday 21st May, the new generation of Xbox is going to be revealed to the world for the first time. ThisisXbox will be covering news about the event as it happens, although we expect you to be watching on live stream also.

The event is going to start at 10am Seattle time (18:00 BST UK Time, 19:00 CEST) and will last for an hour. The #XboxReveal Tent has a Twitter feed that you can follow, @XboxRevealTent

Also should you start tweeting about the event as it’s live – lets get this news trending and make sure to include #XboxReveal as your hashtag.

Now the long 4 day wait begins!

We’ll see you in the new generation hype from next Tuesday…

EA To Abolish Online Passes – What Could This Mean for Next-Gen?

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EA Games, John Reseburg has told VentureBeat in an interview that future EA games would not require online passes which we are meant to believe is the outcome of fan-feedback! Since when did fans become more worth than the thought of all that extra cash! It has left us wondering about what EA could know about the online functions of next-gen consoles with this announcement coming within a week of Microsoft’s next Xbox unveiling.

“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass. None of our new EA titles will include that feature,” Reseburg explains. “Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format… We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”

I have come to the conclusion that with next-gen looming it might be a decision the company has had to make if Microsoft’s next Xbox perhaps renders the passes useless. EA’s Online Pass would be useless for two reasons; first being if on next-gen Microsoft takes a Sony approach and allows all multiplayer to be free (with paid access gaining use of Apps and messaging/party features). or secondly the long rumoured suggestion that all next gen games require a one-time activation code rendering used games useless anyway.

Are we really to believe EA has done something due to fan-feedback after all this time? Expect all new EA games which includes Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 to be Online Pass free. Maybe they have done the decent thing in a bid to gain more credibility with gamers – or maybe not?

When next-gen announcements are made, if it does render online passes useless anyway, we’ll keep you updated.

Via Xboxer360 & VentureBeat

Microsoft Hint at Next-Gen EA and Forza Game For May 21 Reveal

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A recent competition from Microsoft’s Xbox division has led to speculation that something with EA and Turn 10 Studio’s will be heavily featured at the E3 2013 Media Briefing on June 10th. The competition running up until May 20th is encouraging gamers to tweet @EA, @Xbox, @PlayXBLA and @Turn10 in order to win entrance to the event. The event that will ultimately reveal the new generation of Xbox console, and the brands future.

Other rumours this past week have suggested that an EA title is in the works for the next Xbox console which could be a console exclusive, with all fingers pointing in the direction of Respawn Entertainment. The ex Call of Duty development team has had something cooking for EA since the company was formed in 2010 and is rumoured to be something futuristic since registering a trademark for the word “TITAN”

Turn 10 Studio’s, famed for developing the Forza series of racing titles could launch a brand new Forza game for the next Xbox and showcase a stunning next-gen iteration during the console reveal in a few weeks. Having previously advertised job listings for Art Directors to help define “the cinematics vision and techniques needed to achieve exceptionally high quality content for our Next Generation of games.” – it’s considered all but a confirmation that we’ll be driving around a few circuits at launch this year.

With a focus on the new generation Xbox console on May 21st and its exclusives, we’ll drop all the news as it happens, but expect that you’ll be watching live on your console or from Xbox.com too.

We heard of this news via Digital Spy

Smaller ‘Xbox Fusion’ Console Rumour From Last Year Re-Surfaces

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Last March, thisisxbox was informed of a really great piece of news that suggested a smaller Xbox console by the name of Fusion would surface at E3 2012 – however, it never did, but todays new reports of domain acquisitions reignite those rumours.

We were informed that originally ‘XBOX Fusion’ LIVE was on the “QT” as a small piece of hardware designed as a set top box with Kinect integration (sold separately). It will have wireless capabilities to the same standard as the current Xbox S console and feature its own online dashboard. Memory will come in the form of 16GB built in with USB slots available for extra storage and Xbox 360 controller support.

Xbox Fusion LIVE will host it’s own metro themed dashboard, have the Xbox LIVE Arcade game store, Games on Demand, the App’s Marketplace, Zune Marketplace and should be regarded as an entertainment centre for additional televisions in the home not connected to Xbox 360 consoles… or could be a great way for non gamers to have access to all the great entertainment experiences from the current Xbox LIVE Dashboard without the need for games.

Today, reports suggest that Microsoft has claimed a number of Xbox Fusion related domain names and as you can imagine the whole internet has gone crazy to think that the new generation Xbox will be called ‘Xbox Fusion’ instead. With a number of rumoured names under its belt, Xbox 720, Xbox 8, Xbox Infinite, Xbox Infinity, Xbox Fusion – we can not wait until May 21st when it is officially unveiled by Microsoft.

We’ll keep you posted in due course.

Via Fusible

Next-Gen Xbox LIVE Said To Be “A Little Like Twitter”

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The next generation of Xbox LIVE, or what could possibly be ‘Xbox Gold’ or ‘Xbox Infinite’ is said to feature a great set of improvements to the social side of its functions as well as better Achievements. Also within the last week or so, rumours pointing to the Windows 8 core has surfaced again, but old news for us here at thisisxbox!

Polygon sources has confirmed that for Xbox LIVE there will no longer be a cap on the number of friends on your list: “The next-generation Live won’t have a cap on the number of friends a person can have. The way players add friends will also change. Now instead of it being a two-way friendship only, people can choose to follow one another, sort of like Twitter.”

Microsoft want to put more power in the hands of developers and publishers with Achievements, allowing more Achievements to be added after a games’ launch without the need for DLC. Polygon state the purpose of “this is designed specifically to allow developers to tweak player behavior, perhaps urging players to check out specific areas of a game or get past a difficult spot. Next-gen achievements can also be tied to broader events, like a weekend challenge or a communal goal, like contributing a set number of kills to the bigger goal of 10,000 kills over one weekend. Companies can also create cross-title achievements, like awarding points for finishing the first chapter in two different and unrelated games published by the same company. Some of these bigger, cross-title, communal achievements will be a requirement for all titles.”

Additionally Polygon sources said that in line with the Playstation 4 – the new generation Xbox will be able to capture video gameplay highlights with sharing options to social networks, and that it will be up to developers to decide if their games require an always on internet connection.

Microsoft hasn’t confirmed anything about the new improved Xbox LIVE and will announce the new hardware and its capabilities on May 21st 2013. If you would like to read more about what Polygon has to say about the new console then visit this direct link.

Next-Gen Xbox Reveal Dated May 21 2013

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Major Nelson has confirmed what the world has been anticipating – the next-generation Xbox console will be unveiled on May 21st 2013 as previously rumoured.

Here’s the official word from Larry Hryb (Major Nelson)

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

Microsoft will share their vision for Xbox, and “give you a real taste of the future.”  Further information about upcoming next-gen games will be unveiled at the E3 2013 Expo in LA on 19 days after the official announcement of the next-generation Xbox.

A New Generation Revealed
Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

ThisisXbox will keep you updated on all the next-gen news to follow in the coming weeks.