Up close with Xbox One: Pics, specs and the backside

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Posting from Redmond: I’m here at the Xbox One unveiling, where Microsoft gave the media an up-close look at the new console on stage following the press event in the giant tent on the Xbox campus. See above for one of the most important views of the console, showing the ports and options for connectivity. (Click for larger image.)

No pricing was announced at the event. Here are views of the console and Kinect on stage, along with a view of the new controller next to the existing controller for the Xbox 360.

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And here are the official specs from Microsoft.

Xbox One was designed from the ground up to be the centerpiece of every living room with modern hardware, and it features the all-new Kinect, the new Xbox One Wireless Controller, a 500GB hard drive,3 an eight-core, x86 processor, wireless networking connectivity, HDMI®, three super-speed USB 3.0 ports, and a high-speed Blu-ray disc player. Features include the following:

Xbox One console. Designed with the 21st century living room in mind, the Xbox One console features a premium design with a gloss black finish, horizontal orientation and a slot-loading Blu-ray™ disc player.

Updated wireless controller. Enhanced with more than 40 technical and design innovations, the new impulse triggers offer precise haptic fingertip feedback and a newly engineered D-pad delivers greater responsiveness and control.4 An infrared LED on the front of the controller allows Kinect to automatically recognize you, making it easier to pick up and play.

Redesigned Kinect. It includes a 1080p, HD camera that captures video at 30 frames per second. All-new, active-infrared capabilities increase precision, allowing it to work in nearly any lighting condition and expanding field of view to accommodate a greater variety of room sizes. Microsoft proprietary Time-of-Flight technology measures the time it takes individual photons to rebound off you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision. The new noise-isolating multimicrophone array filters ambient sounds to recognize natural speaking voices even in crowded rooms.

Previously: Xbox One: Live from Microsoft’s new console unveiling in Redmond

  • Stevie Balmer

    XBOX One: I’m Not a VCR. No. I’m not. NO. I’M NOT. SHUT UP.

  • Paul Furio

    IR Out, presumably to control ones (One’s?) cable box. But how does that work? Fiber Optic plus an online selection of cable box/DVR manufacturer and cable provider?

    • Ken

      Incorrect. The TV function is the product of the HDMI input port, not IR out.

  • Forrest Corbett

    So can it be used to record live TV? Haven’t been able to determine that yet.

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Hi Forrest: Not that they’ve said so far, but that’s on my list of questions to ask. (I have a one-on-one briefing coming up here shortly.) Let me know if you (or anyone else) have any others.

      • Forrest Corbett

        Maybe phrase it as “Will a user be able to pause and record live Sounders and Seahawks games?” ;)

        I’m also curious other TV aspects like what tuners it works with (eg HDHomerun Prime). Can the HD be upgraded or can DVR content be easily stored over the network or on an external drive (500GB is not much for 1080p content.)

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      Following up: No DVR capabilities for TV, at least not at launch. Here’s the story I wrote with more details on Xbox One overall: http://www.geekwire.com/2013/xbox-onegrandfathers-xbox/

  • pradeepviswav

    Any comment on the Xbox One Dev platform? Opening up for 3rd party development, etc,.

  • pradeepviswav

    New Xbox One Kinect compatible with old Xbox 360? If not, Microsoft expects people to have two consoles and two Kinects infront of a TV?

    • Nathan O

      Didn’t think about that. Two consoles, no big deal but two kinects would be ridiculous

  • Guest

    Why is it so huge?

  • http://www.facebook.com/thejory1 Richard Van Dijk

    No video card? Odd. I’d think it would some killer video card in there.
    IF there is no video card, it will not be meant as a gaming platform,
    just a computing platform. And no, a 8 core CPU is not enough. And
    another question, if there is a CPU like that, how much memory is there
    on board? One last question… since the term Hard Drive is often used
    interchangeably for both Disk & SSD drives, which one is that 500GB
    drive?

    • http://www.retorch.com/ Jason Beck

      There is a GPU. Yes, the graphic processing unit shares silicon with the computer processing unit, but it’s not your classic Intel integrated graphics. It’s Radeon HD 7xxx level graphics. Just not on a “card” of some sort. The bridge between CPU and GPU in this configuration is actually very fast. There’s no motherboard/PCI Express channel between them. Given the above, 8 cores will likely be enough.

      Memory: 8GB of DDR3.

      I’m going out on a limb and I’m going to say that the 500GB drive is a classic spinning disk, but I’d imagine there’s a 32GB SSD. One would hope.

  • Brandon

    I’m confused as to whether this has a fiber optic port, for optical cables? There doesn’t appear to be one on here