Microsoft Reveals the Xbox One

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

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Latest Update: 5/21, 4:33 PDT to reflect a change regarding used games and fixing a numerical error regarding Xbox Live.

Xbox One Logo

For years, the only thing that we’ve known about the next console from Microsoft was the code name: Durango. Other than that, all we’ve heard were rumors and speculation (some of which were more disconcerting than others). Today, we can say that most of those rumors and speculations are resolved with the reveal of the Xbox One.

Xbox One Specs:

Xbox One

Processor and Graphics

  • Heavily customized AMD chip
  • 8 core x86 CPU
  • GPU designed for DirectX 11.1

System Memory


Audio and Video

  • 1080p resolution
  • 4K resolution
  • 7.1 Surround Sound


  • Blu-ray/DVD combo drive


  • 500 GB HDD (unknown speed)


  • HDMI 1.4
  • USB 3.0
  • Ethernet
  • 802.11n radios to communicate to the controller

Xbox One Controller:

Xbox One Controller breakdown

The controller for the Xbox One is very similar to the Xbox 360 controller. However, there will be some differences between the two, including being more ergonomic and having a newly designed D-Pad.

Kinect 2.0:

kinect specs

Kinect will be redesigned for Xbox One. The camera in the new Kinect will be in 1080p, enlarging the field by about 60%. People (particularly tall people) who have tried it out have been able to get as close as 3 feet and still be able to fully show up.


Call of Doggy Xbox One Forza
cod 2 quantum break

Wanting to save most of their reveals for E3, Microsoft revealed only a few games for the system. However, they did reveal that there will be up to 15 exclusives for launch, with 8 being new IPs. Here’s what’s confirmed to be coming:

  • Quantum Break
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • FIFA, NBA Live, UFC, and Madden from EA Sports
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts from Activision

It was also confirmed afterwards by Ubisoft that Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be coming to Xbox One.

Also, if you have questions about backwards compatibility, “always on” gaming, and used games, here is what we are currently hearing:

  • We are currently hearing that the Xbox One will not feature backwards compatibility.
  • Always on DRM for the console as a whole has been denied and left up to publishers. However, they have said that they would like to push towards that.
  • Initial reports from Wired stated that used games would be blocked with a fee for people that activate a game on a second account. While the initial report was amended quickly to deny that it will block games, it wasn’t until much later when an Xbox Support twitter feed confirmed that NO FEE would be instituted. In a later post from “Major Nelson” of Xbox Live, while not talking about used game fees, he denies that the system will block used games. He also states that you’ll be able to play a game at a friends house by logging into your profile. Therefore… I have no idea what is going on…
  • In addition, an editor for T3 has reported via twitter that the license for a game will transfer in a cloud service once you sell the game and another person activates it.

Intelligent TV:

Xbox One Trending Shows Movies

A new feature is Intelligent TV. With this, users can switch between games, music, movies, and television instantly with your voice.

Xbox Live:

Xbox Live will return to the Xbox One. The service will be powered by over 300,000 servers and allow for finding competitors on your level for one game while playing something else.

Halo: The Television Series:

Xbox One Halo TV Series Spielberg

A Halo series will be developed for Xbox Live. The series will be produced by Oscar winner Steven Spielberg.

Xbox One logo

And that is it, ladies and gentlemen. The Xbox One has been unveiled. Are you excited for it? Do you care less about the new system? Let us know in the comments.

This will be updated live periodically as more information comes in.

About Jeff Neuenschwander

Jeff has been a supporter of the website and campaign since the beginning. Joining in for E3 2012, he worked his way up the ranks quickly, making it to the Editing Manager post at the beginning of 2013. Jeff has a wide variety of tastes when it comes to gaming and pretty much likes anything that is quirky, although his favorite genres are Action, Platforming, and RPG. Outside of gaming, Jeff is a musician, being trained as a trombonist for Jazz and Classical music, and holds a degree in Sound Recording.

  • MusubiKazesaru

    I’ll stick to my Wii U

  • Mizu D


    Not much exclusive aside from the new game
    from Remedy (ok there is Forza 5) and tons of non-gaming aspect ( I admit Halo
    series by Spielberg is interesting since I adore Halo).

    Spec wise literally on
    par with PS4 (8 core, 8gig, HDD, bluray, usb 3.0).

    No backward compatibility
    like PS4 (not surprised) and no plan to offer compatibility for Xbox Live
    content and games we purchased online (super disappointed).

    Oh and a small fees to play used games…

  • “Also, if you have questions about backwards compatibility and used games, we are currently hearing that the Xbox One will not feature that. Used games will be charged a small fee for use on a second account. Always on DRM for all games has been denied and left up to publishers. However, they have said that they would like to push towards that.”

    What the hell is this… it good or bad?!

    • Lightthrower

      Very bad for the consumers, Gamestop, Gamefly etc. It is also the reason why EA removed the online passes (since there won’t be any used games). Bad for Microsoft too, Sony’s stock went up 8% after the reveal of Xbox1, lol.

    • I wouldn’t say that Microsoft has blocked used games, per-say, but rather that they expect a cut of used game sales. I actually would not be at all surprised to see Sony pull the same thing.

    • nintenos also apparently also went up XD

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      I apologize for any confusion. Part of that paragraph was from an earlier write-up. I’ve updated it for less confusion.

    • its so bad its hilarious XD

  • Renee Page

    I think I’ll skip out on the XBOX this time around and invest in a PS4. I like my PS3 much more than my XBOX360 anyway, and I don’t want to pay to play my used games.

  • smacd

    I’m disappointed but not surprised. The current generation left me feeling that Microsoft blew away the competition with respect to having 90% of the games I wanted. And while software is still the most important part- NONE of the next gen systems have sold me, Microsoft the least so. If Nintendo would bother releasing some games for the Wii U, I’d grab one of those, but right now the PS4 is looking better than the Xbox One – neither of which I’m really wanting yet. Maybe I’ll just go upgrade my PC and stick to my 3DS. Sigh.

    • Mizu D

      I do hope because both the PS4 and One are X86, we will see more PC port, games like MGS and FF on PC would be nice for a change.

    • Raos

      when FF, KH and other SQUARE ENIX RPG’S go to PC I’ll stop caring about consoles

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  • laurenhiya21

    Yeah not really interested so far :l
    Fees for used games and so far no games announced that I’m interested in. (I could care less about how detailed the textures are in the new CoD…)
    Not that I’m super interested in the PS4 either, but definitely more so than this…

  • disqus_2D2T7ytvXH

    The system design looks pretty doofy to me. It doesn’t seem that different from PS4 spec wise, but watermarked discs and most likely paid online service make Sony a no brainier for me next gen, so far.

  • huh so they are going to upgrade the concept of the wiiU’s Nintendo TV to use voice command that nice kinect 2.0 is meh but i guess its nice they wont just abandon kinect support for people already making games for the peripheral… on the other hand i have to say its really sad they wont have backwards compatibility…

  • Jeremy Barnes

    Pass. No exciting games. Wooo…another racing game and cod. Charging for used games…I’ll keep my money.

  • Aiddon

    well, my interest just plummeted. I think it’s hilarious how all the stuff about no BC, no transferring XBLA titles, fees for used games, and online shenanigans came AFTER the conference because MS KNEW people would rip them in two.

  • Gemnist

    This looks great… except no backwards compatibility. WHY???????????????????????????????????????????????????????? NOW how will I play my old 360 games???? Microsoft better give more details at E3 or I will explode.

  • Vallen

    PS4 here I come

  • Brandon St Pierre

    Good thing Spielberg is involved because anything that has to do with him and gaming is great! Like ET for Atari!

  • I’ll stick to my Wii U and PS3 (though I’ve never been an xbox supporter so I may be bias anyway)

  • The sad thing is that the biggest selling point from this reveal is the TV intergration… (or at least M$ are putting serious emphasis on it) But since I live in Europe, Sony brought out the Play TV box for PS3 years and years ago. Alright so it’s not very well supported and never had a HD upgrade, but it still enables me to watch freeview TV through my PS3 and record to my hard drive. So this in the new Xbox is hardly a big selling point for me (especially since all UK TVs have build in freeview anyway these days).

    The other thing I don’t get is why M$ scheduled this at prime time for Europe. The conference was very American (which I totally get, they are an American company) but put it at prime time for Europe? Weird move.

    Must admit I am both massively disappointed and relieved at the same time. I’m not really much of a loyal gamer (well I usually edge on the side of Nintendo and Sony) but tend to buy everything thats out anyway. Thankfully it looks like I’ll be able to pass on this Xbox, thank god. Hell knows how others will cope buying everything from this point on though… We’ll have to start stacking our consoles like lego bricks if they keep scrapping backwards compatibility >.<

  • DigDugDude

    You have to connect to DRM online every 24 hours or you can’t play anything at all.
    Your friend has to pay if you lend them a game.


  • Xbox One, Wii U and Vita suck

    I’m sticking to PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and PS Vita are fucking suck.

  • Spookyryu

    This console is crap

  • Charlotte Buckingham

    The bullshit hardware is going to stop me from getting this console. Can’t have the same game tied to multiple accounts? My boyfriend and I are BOTH gamers, and we’d both like to have our own accounts. But we won’t be able to play the same copy of a game we buy together without paying an extra fee. The fuck?

    Also, always online is an option for developers… Not all of them will use it, but you bet some will think it’s a great idea.

    On a more personal note, and I know this won’t apply to everyone (though it will for a number of people on this site), no Japanese games is a serious negative point for me.

    No, this is shit. But you know what? 13-year-old CoD kids with doting parents will lap it up anyway, and MS will think that what they’re doing is okay. I, for one, am keeping this pile of pegasus dung out of my lounge room.

    At least with the PS4 announcement, I felt good about its features. My only issue was the lack of games I was interested in, but that will come in time. The Xbox One.. Unless MS makes some major changes before or after release… Yeah, I don’t think it will do well at all.

    • I don’t even think that 13-year-olds will be taken in. They are the audience most likely to want to trade used games, since they have little to no recreation income to buy every brand new game. Microsoft has lost this generation before it even puts out its console, in my opinion. The only question remaining is, can Sony (as a corporation) exist long enough to build a sizable PlayStation 4 install base.

    • Charlotte Buckingham

      13-year-olds are dumb… Hell, I was dumb when I was 13. I lived with one throughout all of last year and I reckon he and his mates will all want to get one. Going to straighten him out to make sure he doesn’t get one, because what a waste of money that would be.

      I reckon Sony will, and I hope they will, because when they DO start getting games in I’ll be looking to get a PS4. 😀

    • I guess this will depend on 2 things for the kids: Price of PS4 Vs Xbox and whether kids are stubborn about keeping their tags/gamerscores. Xbox is more popular over here in the UK but to be honest I can’t see how M$ will come down to Sony’s price with the Kinect part included… Unless they sell it all separately and hide the true cost like they did with the 360. Stupid wireless adaptors -grumblegrumble- So I’m not sure the kids will be totally drawn into it. I’d hope they’d have enough sense to at least check out the PS4 anyway.

      But M$ made a massive error about their audience. Here in the UK a massive chunk of their audience was the teen kids (and I suspect that’s true for a lot of other countries). I mean kids sitting in their bedrooms aren’t going to need the cable TV component. Hell, even me at home with my family I wouldn’t need something like that either as my console would be in my room away from the family (ironically so I can use it while they watch TV!). M$ are trying too hard to be the family console and should have left that to Nintendo imo.

  • unknowncast

    It’s quite amazing how two aspects of a console alone came make me not only give less of a shit but also just not read any of this. None of it matters when customer rights are going to be infringed.

    Seriously, you are the most successful console on the market (or the US at least) and you do this anyways….I have been cynical towards you guys for years but upon seeing your official release, I was actually getting the impression that “maybe” you have been changing for the better of some sort but those impressions came crashing down real hard, real fast…Even with all the shit you pulled in the last few years, I ultimately still supported you. I know you look at me as nothing but a dollar sign but you did provided enough content for me to care but now, so far, it looks like it’s over between you and me…..yes, this is very melodramatic but I honestly never though in my entire life of video games that I’d be wiling to drop support of a console company but here I am, now going to do exactly this You still have time though, but I won’t waste any thoughts or prayers that you will stop this debauchery.

  • multibottler0cket

    This is pretty much why I hate Microsoft, particularly the XBOX line. I always hated that the 360 had live, and that everyone I know who has a 360 has had *at least one* replaced due to breaking for no reason.

    Now, they have this fee for using a game on more than one account? I grew up in a house where my brother, sister, and I all played the same game. The only game we have in doubles is Pokémon Gen 1 and 2. One of us still owns the game, but we all use it.

    Not to mention that years down the line, used copies may be the only option to play certain games.

    One of the reasons that the 360 was successful was that the PS3 was overpriced and the Wii was massively under powered, so it seemed like a good option at the time. Now, Microsoft is making their system even less desirable, and the competition seems a lot healthier than last time.

  • Jack Banks

    About 13 years ago, I saw Breath of Fire IV and Parasite Eve 2 at Walmart. I decided to wait until the next day to buy the games when I had more money. Walmart never got those games in again. I went there almost every day checking for those games, no luck.( Back then, I had no idea that Gamestop existed.)

    If Microsoft thinks that having to pay a fee to use-used games on their console is a good idea, they won’t be getting my support. I live 60 or 70 miles away from Gamestop and cannot go there everyday checking for games.(since I only buy retail games using cash only, sometimes the only copy of a game that I can find is a used copy.)

    What happens if you don’t have a Xbox live account or don’t want one, will you be forced to get one just to play a single player game offline (for used games)? If that is the case, no thanks Microsoft, I had planned on getting a PS4 anyway.