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Xbox One

Xbox One (Tag name: XboxOne) is a video game console developed and produced by Microsoft.

Summary

Release in North America, Europe regions on November 22, 2013, it is the 3rd Xbox video game console. It is part of 8th generation consoles. It is released in Japan on September 2014.

Unlike its predecessor Xbox 360, the Xbox One move back to the X86 architecture that is used in the very first Xbox. It featuring a APU co-developed by Microsoft and AMD.

Microsoft has faced heavy criticism during the console's unveil because of the console's always-on DRM policies and online restrictions. Microsoft later dropped these restrictions and made the Xbox One region-free prior to the console's launch.

As of January, 2016, a total of 19 million units of Xbox One have been shipped.

An minor change version to the original Xbox One model, known as Xbox One S, was released on August 2, 2016 in North America. The S model was the first Xbox One model to supports UHD Blu-ray Disc playback.

In the E7 2017 press conference, Microsoft unveiled another Xbox One model. Developed under the codename "Project Scorpio", the Xbox One X was developed for 4K gaming was set to be released on November 7, 2017 in North America.

Unfortunaterly, as with its predecessor, All Xbox One models are not very popular in Japan.

Features

  • For both the original model and the S model, the APU contains a 8-core low-power 'Jaguar'-based X86-64 processor and a 2nd-generation (Sea Islands) Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture GPU with 12 compute units (64 cores per CUs). For the X model, it has the same CPU cores but clocked at 2.3 GHz instead of the orignal's 1.75 GHz, and has the 4th-generation (Polaris) GCN architecture GPU with 40 compute units. Both the original and S model's APU also contains a 32 MB of ESRAM, while the X model doesn't. The original model's APU was manufactured in 28 nm process, while both the S model and X model's were manufactured in 16 nm process.
  • Its system software is consists of three OS's: a hypervisor OS, the Xbox OS which runs games, and a Windows-based OS which runs apps.
  • Both the original model and the S model has 8 GB of DDR3 system memory, while the X model has 12 GB of GDDR5 system memory.
  • It has a read-only Blu-Ray Disc drive, which can also do Blu-Ray Disc video playback. Both the S model and X model supports UHD Blu-Ray Disc video playback, where the original model can't.
  • Like the PlayStation 4, all models lacks analog video/audio output port, as it only has HDMI ports on it (one input and one output). The original model has the HDMI 1.4 port, while the S model and the X model has the HDMI 2.0 and 2.1 port respectively.
  • All models has a 500 GB or 1TB HDD (which is not replaceable, unlike Sony's consoles).
  • It supports Ethernet and WiFi internet connectivity.
  • It has three USB 3.0 ports for controllers and accessories and one Kinect port for the Kinect motion camera.
  • The Kinect for Xbox One includes a 1080p, wide-angle time-of-flight camera and has improved accuracy. Microsoft introduced a retail version of Xbox One without the Kinect on June 9, 2014.


Name

According to the creators of the XBox One, it was named so because it is number one in power and is the one thing you can have plugged into a TV. However, due to an unfortunate photo of the announcement event in which the speaker blocked the "ox " in the logo, it received the nickname "XBone." Critics often use this name pejoratively.

See Also

Microsoft - The company who makes the Xbox One.
Windows - Microsoft's proprietary operation systems for personal computers.
PlayStation 4 - Xbox One's rival console on the 8th generation.
Wii U - Another rival console of Xbox One on the 8th generation.

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