The XBox One or The XBox None


If you’re a gamer and haven’t been living under a rock for thw past few weeks you’ll know about all the hype that’s been surrounding the next gen consoles. Sony’s Play Station 4(PS4) and Microsoft’s XBox One. You’ll also hear about the controversy surrounding the new XBox and the praise the new Play Station is receiving. But although both consoles deserve equal attention, today I’m gonna talk about the XBox One, and what will make, or break it.

The XBox One, with eight years in the making boast a 8-Core CPU, 8GB Ram, 500GB hard drive, Blu-Ray player, 3.0 USB ports, Wi-Fi Direct Connect, and the new Kinect 2.0. For those who aren’t tech geeks, let me break it down. With the new hardware you get prettier graphics, faster processing, quicker connections, more storage oner the console, and with the Kinect 2.0 better responce to body movement and improved voice control. Although the XBox One’s hardware is not a major improvement over the current XBox 360’s specs, the software that was going to make the diffrence.

The most interesting fact about the XBox One’s software is that it will run three diffrent operating systems. There will be a core operating system that will boot when the XBox turns on, then it will boot the XBox OS, that will be responcible for the games, and a version of Windows 8 OS that will be used to operate party apps like Skype or Internet Explorer. Other features the new XBox boast is intergrated DVR which records gameplay and allows you to edit right there. Also SmartMatch, a new kind of matchmaking system that developers can tap in to. But the contreversy surrounding the new XBox is where games are installed into the hard drive and that they don’t allow for trade between friends, and a fee would be chraged to reinstall the game another time. Another contreversial addition is the always needed internet connection, this would be used for cloud support that would allow for more storage, and better graphics with cloud computing. But when word of this spread many gamers responded with negative feedback. After a few weeks of the unveil of the new XBox, Microsoft, in a 180 move, released a statement saying that they will remove the always on internet requirement, and the nesesity to install the game to the hard drive, and the ability to freely trade games.

Over all the new XBox One has potential to be the next big thing in gaming, but we’ll have to wait till it’s release this fall.

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