Microsoft unveils new Xbox One game console

Microsoft unveils new Xbox One game console
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POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 1:04am

 Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One on Tuesday, and with it comes the next generation of content for its Kinect motion control technology.

From a hardware standpoint, while everything is more powerful, little is radically different from the Xbox 360. The Xbox One controller has received some cosmetic changes to its exterior, but at its core, it offers the same game experience.

The Kinect hardware has also been redesigned, and packs more powerful guts that are able to detect more subtle movement and positioning from gamers.

Microsoft touts the ability to detect subtle things like your balance and heart rate using Kinect alone. And it is now your control hub for the living room, using voice commands and gestures to weave through all those entertainment options.

Using the Kinect to interpret voice commands, Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi was able to turn the Xbox on from its off state, and switched from gaming to apps to TV watching almost effortlessly.

Mehdi then demoed a new feature borrowed from Windows 8: Snap Mode. With Snapmode, users can dedicate part of their screen to a widget delivering supplementary information. One such example was bringing up player stats in the snap widget while a basketball game played out in the main screen.

And of course, Kinect is able to function as a 1080p Skype cam, turning your living room, into a Jetsons-like communication room.

Microsoft's Xbox One is the latest in a series of new gaming consoles. Earlier this year, Sony introduced the long-awaited PlayStation 4. Last year, Nintendo unveiled the Wii U, although Nintendo has continued to struggle this year as sales of the Wii U slumped. 

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