Xbox One: All the news from Microsoft's next-gen debut

On Tuesday, May 21, Microsoft debuted its next-generation Xbox at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters. Follow along with the rumors and reports leading up to the event, live coverage of the press conference announcement and videos, previews and more immediately afterward.

Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer on Xbox One games from indies, Remedy and Rare

At the unveiling of Microsoft's next-gen Xbox One last week, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer took to the stage to reveal, to the chagrin of video game enthusiasts, just two new games. One was a sequel, Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport 5, and the other a brand new property, Remedy's Quantum Break.

Spencer promised much more in the Xbox One's first year. Fifteen games, a mix of familiar and all-new properties, will come to Xbox One in its first 12 months on the market, he said. We'll see more at E3, he said.

After the Xbox One's unveiling, Polygon caught up with...

Microsoft has $1 billion to invest in exclusive Xbox One titles

Microsoft will invest roughly $1 billion for the development of exclusive titles for its newly revealed Xbox One console, Official Xbox Magazine reports in an interview with the game company's Don Mattrick and Phil Spencer.

Responding to accusations that Microsoft turned its back on its core audience with the reveal of the new general entertainment console, Mattrick stated the company is planning a number of gamer-centric exclusives and deals.

"We just ran through our [release slate] and counted the number of exclusives, and looked at the amount of money that we're spending and the deals...

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Xbox rumors postmortem: What was right, what was wrong and what was missing

Over the last year or so, many outlets uncovered information believed to be about the console. Some of that information came from leaked internal memos, some from sources familiar with Microsoft's plans and still others from those who said they had development kits for the Xbox One, which was referred to internally by the codename Durango.

Now that the next-gen console has been revealed, let's look back and see what rumors were right, wrong and what nobody knew about at all.

The name

Would it be the Xbox 720, building on the convention established with the 360? How about Xbox Infinite or...

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The Xbox One can talk to you, will feature remote play

Among the features not yet shown off for the console is the ability for gamers to have a friend take over gameplay remotely to help them through a difficult spot in a game and Kinect's ability to talk back to gamers.

The Xbox One's heavy reliance on the Kinect for voice commands will eventually include two-way conversations, according to two sources who tested out the still-in-development feature.

In one possible scenario, Kinect used its facial recognition to scan a room full of people and note if there was someone in the room it didn't recognize. It then told the console owner that...

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EA moves toward a two game engine future

Earlier this week Electronic Arts announced that their new sports game engine, Ignite, would be used to power nearly all of their future games. Speaking with Polygon later that day, EA Sports' Andrew Wilson said that the company is also looking to the Frostbite Engine to power most of their non-sports games.

The future for EA, Wilson said, would likely be a company that creates most of their games using these two engines.

Wilson also spoke with us about their decision to not show gameplay footage from Ignite during their on-stage presentation and how they hope to benefit from Microsoft's...

Xbox One will support 4K output resolution and 3D

The next-gen Xbox One will include support for ultra high-resolution 4K as well as 3D, Microsoft's Larry Hryb revealed in a Yahoo chat session yesterday.

"Xbox One supports both 3-D and 4K," Hryb said in response to a question about the console including these features.

Following the Xbox One's unveiling on Tuesday, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi told Forbes the console's video and interface will work with HDTVs.

"The video and interface portions [will work with next-gen TVs], absolutely," he said. "Games developed for 1080p will run at 1080p, obviously."

Xbox One supports both 3D and 4K,...

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Parental controls need an overhaul for Xbox One, Microsoft official says

The new system will need to be less confusing than the Xbox 360's system for monitoring and restricting a child's access to content, corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business Ben Kilgore told Polygon.

"How do we simplify it a bit," he said. "We have a lot of power that's hard for a lot of people to understand. Part of the goal is how do we simplify it and hit on the few things that are really what parents are looking for to keep them in charge. That part of the plan is still evolving, so I don't have any specific details."

The Xbox 360 allows parents to set up...

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Xbox One and PS4 are a generation ahead of the best PC, says EA CTO

The new console generation led by Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 are ahead of the highest end PC on the market, according to EA CTO Rajat Teneja in a post written on LinkedIn.

"These architectures are a generation ahead of the highest end PC on the market," wrote Teneja, a former employee of Microsoft.

"Our benchmarks on just the video and audio performance are 8-10 times superior to the current gen," he continued. "The compute capabilities of these platforms and the data transfer speeds we can now bank on, essentially removes any notion of rationing of systems resources...

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Halo TV series early in development, but Microsoft expects 'dramatic impact on how people think about TV'

The original Xbox owed much of its success to one game: launch title Halo: Combat Evolved. Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer hopes to repeat that Halo-driven success as the Xbox maker becomes a first-party producer of an original live action TV series based on the franchise Bungie created in 2001.

"I think much like Halo begat the Xbox," Spencer told Polygon, "I think the Halo TV series can have a pretty dramatic impact on how people think about television."

343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross and Xbox Entertainment Studios head Nancy Tellem announced the new Halo television series...

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Comparison video shows visual improvements from Modern Warfare 3 to COD: Ghosts

Activision has released the Call of Duty graphics comparison video that Microsoft showed yesterday at its Xbox One reveal event illustrating the difference in graphical fidelity between Modern Warfare 3 and Ghosts.

The Xbox One hardware allows for improved polygon counts, and higher-definition textures, says the video, flipping between shots of Modern Warfare 3 and Ghosts to illustrate its point. Yesterday during Microsoft's stream, the reveal of Ghosts' canine companion in this video became an instant meme, spawning joke Twitter accounts like Call of Duty Dog.

Yesterday we learned that C...

Xbox One will support avatars, but Microsoft expects more 'real images'

Xbox One will support avatars like Xbox 360, but Microsoft believes that users will use more "real images" to represent themselves on the next-gen console, Ben Killgore, corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business, told EGMnow.

"Avatars are still around," Kilgore said. "Identity is a big thing for us. We believe on Xbox One, people will start to use more real images of themselves as well, but we still support Avatars."

Avatars were introduced to the Xbox 360 in 2008 alongside the New Xbox Experience. The revamped user interface also allowed players to create and...

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Crytek's hack-and-slash game Ryse coming exclusively to Xbox One

Crytek's hack-and-slash title Ryse, which sets players in the shoes of a soldier during the height of the Roman Empire, will come exclusively to Xbox One, the developer announced on its website.

According to the website, the game will be a "controller-based experience enhanced by Kinect."

"Fight as a soldier. Lead as a general. Rise as a legend," the text reads.

The site also displays a countdown clock in Roman numerals, ticking down the time to Microsoft's pre-E3 press conference on June 10. This suggests that Ryse will be featured in the company's presentation.

Ryse, an action title...

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CryEngine 3 already running on Xbox One

Crytek confirms the CryEngine 3 will support Microsoft's recently unveiled Xbox One.

The studio announced in an official statement its engine is "already primed for Xbox One development," adding that Crytek technology is "equipped to start creating software for the system now."

The announcement goes on the state that Crytek "recently became an officially licensed provider of middleware and tools for Xbox One, and will support the platform as well as equipping CryEngine 3 licensees with the advanced toolset required to achieve their own games for the system."

"We offered assurances over...

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Xbox Live Gold memberships apply to both Xbox One and 360

Xbox Live Gold memberships on Xbox One will be flexible and streamlined, according to Microsoft, allowing console owners to use their Gold account on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 and letting multiple users share the same account.

"If you have an Xbox Gold membership today for 360 and you buy an Xbox One, your membership applies to both systems," Microsoft's Phil Harrison told Polygon. "You don't have to get another subscription."

Multiple members of a household will be able to share a single account, Harrison said, explaining, "Anybody who has usage privilege on that machine can use...

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Xbox One lets you save and restart your game at any point

"One of things that we haven't talked about is the way the saved game architecture works," said Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business. "It's more like a phone a little bit. So you are not going to lose your save game stuff as you are switching between tasks."

Game designers can still decide whether their games will also feature more traditional save points, Kilgore said, but all games will include the ability to stop playing a game and have it essentially save instantly.

For instance, Kilgore said, a player could stop gaming for the day,...

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Xbox One Achievements expanded with 'Challenges,' cross-game Achievements

Achievements on the Xbox One will be complemented by the addition of cloud-driven achievements that can be added to games as developers see fit and new Challenges that can dare players to achieve smaller, limited-time goals in games.

Microsoft's Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business, explained that Xbox One Achievements are cloud-driven, "so even after [developers] ship the game, if they want to go update achievements, add new achievements, they can totally do that."

Xbox One Achievements will be able to span games as well, Microsoft's Phil Harrison...

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Xbox One will allow media transfers from Xbox 360

Xbox One will allow Xbox 360 users to transfer music, movies and television downloads from the Xbox 360 across to the new console, Microsoft's corporate vice president Phil Harrison confirmed with Polygon today.

When asked to clarify if there will be a future backward compatibility solution to bring Xbox 360 games and saves to the Xbox One, Harrison confirmed that games will not but other forms of media will be transferable.

"Actually, to be clear music, movies, television will," Harrison said. "All that comes across. Anything that you've acquired from Xbox Video or Xbox Music will move...

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Xbox One's 'Magic Moments' gameplay capture tech detailed

Gameplay videos can be captured in two basic ways, Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president of Xbox program management told Polygon.

Players can simply say "Xbox capture that" and the console will go back and grab the last chunk of gameplay out of the buffer and save it to your hard drive, he said.

Microsoft also plans to give game developers the ability to have the console record "magic moments" from a game automatically.

"We're going to give game developers access so they can actually go out there and record your magic moment for you because they'll be likely to know when something epic...

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Crab walks, thumbsticks and the future of Xbox controls

We had a chance to check out the Xbox One's new controller and the future of Kinect during today's visit to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus.

The controller features 40 improvements to the Xbox 360 controller and feels like a slightly lighter, but more solid version of Microsoft's gamepad. Kinect now brings with it the ability to track heartbeats, muscular movement and even facial expressions to determine alertness and mood.

Check out our video for a quick walkthrough of what we saw and a little bit of crab walking.

Next-generation Kinect will eventually see a release on Windows PC

The next-generation Kinect will come to Windows PC eventually, Ben Kilgore, corporate vice president of interactive entertainment business confirmed with Polygon today.

When asked if the new Kinect will see a release on the Windows PC, Kilgore responded with, "At some point down the line, yeah."

All Xbox One units will ship with the Kinect sensor, which must be plugged in for the new console to operate, as it is "now an essential and integrated part of the platform."

Using the second generation Kinect, Xbox One will support voice commands allowing users to navigate menus and...

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Xbox One will not support Xbox 360 controllers

Xbox 360 controllers will not be compatible with the newly announced Xbox One, Microsoft's corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Polygon at the company's unveiling event in Redmond.

The Xbox 360's controller was introduced in 2005. Along with adding a Guide button, it removed and rearranged several of its predecessor's design elements. Spencer, when asked, said they wouldn't be supported.

Xbox One's controller features 40 design changes, including a thinner analogue stick, a new precision pad, integreated battery compartment and Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack. The controller does not...

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Xbox One game pricing up to publishers, Phil Spencer says

Microsoft won't set the price for Xbox One games and will leave the price point of next-gen games up to publishers, Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Polygon today.

When asked about how games might be priced on the newly announced Xbox One console, Spencer said that's not up to Microsoft.

"As a console holder, we don't actually set pricing," Spencer said. "We actually don't even recommend pricing. Honestly, we don't. Pricing is a publisher-consumer-retailer proposition, something we enable [in] a marketplace for digital content and retail. We'll price our...

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EA Sports Ignite trailer shown at Xbox One reveal 'pre-rendered using in-game assets'

The footage of EA Sports' Ignite engine shown at today's Xbox One reveal event was pre-rendered using assets from Electronic Arts' next-gen FIFA, Madden, NBA Live and UFC games, says Andrew Wilson, executive vice president of EA Sports.

Asked whether snippets of real-time gameplay were featured in the teaser for FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and EA Sports UFC, Wilson said no and explained the reasoning behind its Xbox One showing.

"It was all pre-rendered," Wilson told Polygon. "Listen, we're not hiding behind that fact. This was an event that we've been planning for a number of...

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Xbox One HDD is non-removable, USB 3.0 supports external storage

The 500 GB internal storage featured in the Xbox One will be non-removable and non-user serviceable, and the three USB 3.0 ports will allow for external storage, Albert Penello, senior director of product planning at Microsoft confirmed with Engadget.

In comparison, the hard drive installed in the Xbox 360 is user serviceable and replaceable. According to Penello, external storage via the new console's USB 3.0 ports can be used for storing everything that the internal hard drive can, including downloads and game installs.

In order to play a game, Xbox One will require users to install...

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'Historic' Rare franchise for Xbox One to appear at E3, Microsoft says

Microsoft is promising 15 Xbox One games from its stable of first-party studios in the first 12 months, a mix of brand-new IP — like Remedy's Quantum Break — and established franchises — Forza Motorsport 5 from Turn 10 Studios, for example. One of those Xbox One titles, destined for E3 2013, will please fans of veteran developer Rare Ltd., Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer told Polygon.

When we asked Spencer what Rare was up to and whether Microsoft was looking at franchises like Perfect Dark and Killer Instinct for Xbox One, he said that developer's "historic IP" may...

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Xbox 360’s Kinect causes trouble for users during next-gen livestream reveal

Xbox 360 Kinect owners had some trouble today watching Microsoft's Xbox One reveal due to device's response to "Xbox" commands spoken during the livestream.

Several users took to Twitter to document their problems, which included pausing, opening Xbox Live or quitting the stream entirely. Polygon's own reviews editor Arthur Gies experienced similar problems with his Kinect while watching the stream.

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Xbox One requires plugged-in Kinect to function

All Xbox One units will ship with a Kinect sensor, and the Xbox One must have the new Kinect sensor plugged in at all times in order to run, said Microsoft representatives in a Q&A about the console.

"The all-new Kinect is now an essential and integrated part of the platform," reads the Q&A. "By having it as a consistent part of every Xbox One, game and entertainment creators can build experiences that assume the availability of voice, gesture and natural sensing, leading to unrivaled ease of use, premium experiences and interactivity for you."

During the Xbox One reveal event today,...

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Microsoft explains the design of the Xbox One

One of Microsoft's primary design goals for the new hardware was to create a "boldly understated" design that would appeal to both traditional game players and a wider audience interested in other types of entertainment, says Senior Principal Creative Director Carl Ledbetter. In practical terms, that means the company went with a 50/50 split matte gray/glossy black look for the console. Or "liquid black" as Microsoft calls it, to give it more of an entertainment industry feel and bring it in line with other Microsoft products like Surface.

According to Ledbetter, Microsoft's internal...

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Gamestop president: Sony and Microsoft 'see the value' in used games on next-gen

Trade-in and resell programs have a clear "benefit and a value" for gamers as a whole and add "residual value" to products, GameStop president Tony Bartel told Polygon.

Speaking with us shortly after Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, Bartel spoke about both the company's resolve to transition gamers from the current generation to the next and the importance of second-hand games. Wired reported earlier that Xbox One will include a mandatory install before games can be played, and that second-time users would need to pay a small, one-time fee. Polygon is currently waiting on comment from...

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Xbox One will allow users to have 1000 Xbox Live friends, can use Gamertags and real names (update)

Xbox One users will be able to have 1000 Xbox Live friends, according to tweets from the Xbox Support Twitter account.

In response to questions regarding the friends list cap, the account confirmed users will have up to 1000 spots to fill.

"1000 friends is indeed confirmed," read one of the tweets.

Update: Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten told Polygon that the Xbox One won't have the same friend limit as the Xbox 360, which capped users at 100 friends....

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Xbox One instantly boots from a rest state

The newly announced Xbox One console will instantly boot up from its rest state, Microsoft confirms.

According to the console maker, the new platform will instantly wake up "so it's always ready when you are." Users can also use the voice command "Xbox On," which will boot up the console and, according to Microsoft, can even turn on the user's TV.

Similarly, console owners can pause and resume games instantly, and both downloads and updates will be out of sight so the user won't need to wait to access other content.

Senior vice president for Microsoft's interactive entertainment business...

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Xbox One will play games as they install, includes auto-resume feature

Microsoft's Xbox One will allow users to play games as they are installing and will feature an "auto-resume" feature for games and apps, according to the official Xbox website.

The website states players can "start playing immediately as games install." Any updates for titles and apps will install "seamlessly" in the background and won't interrupt gameplay.

Users will also be able to switch between apps without losing game progress using the console's auto-resume feature. Games will be suspended when a user moves to another application, for example to check the score of a sports game, and...

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Xbox One may offload computations to cloud, free up power on console in future

The Xbox One may "effectively over time ... get more powerful" thanks to cloud-based computing, according to Boyd Multerer, director of development on Microsoft's next-gen console.

Multerer said that the Xbox One's architecture and ability to tap into a "variable number of transistors in the cloud" — as opposed to the fixed processing power on the console itself — may free up power to the console as the system evolves. Lower priority computational loads, he said, will eventually move to the cloud to free up local resources.

Xbox One developers will also have access to a reliable,...

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Microsoft shows its Xbox One controller testing lab

The tour began with a look at a video showing a prototype of the new controller being dropped four feet onto concrete to test its durability. Those tests don't happen in this lab, since the space is too small, but the video showed the first of many tests that Microsoft is putting the new controller through.

Next, Microsoft director of hardware test in the accessories group Bob Brown took the tour to what he calls the Antenna Chamber, a 10-foot tall enclosed space that looks like a bank vault with spikes of styrofoam padding pointing towards a controller in the middle. Brown's team uses...

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Hands-on with the Xbox One controller

First, a couple caveats: we didn't play a game with it, nor did we play anything interactive. Instead, Microsoft handed over the controller and ran three tech demos as a way to demonstrate the new rumble motors in the triggers, which give developers more options on where to make the controller shake and with what strength.

In the first of the three, a person's heartbeat moved across their body from left to right on screen, and the rumble in the triggers followed, initially being stronger on the left and then gradually moving to the right. In the second, a helicopter moved around on the...

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Battlefield 4 launching Oct. 29 on PC, PS3, Xbox 360, now confirmed for Xbox One

Battlefield 4 will be released Oct. 29 on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and will also be available on Xbox One, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

EA previously said that the game is also in development on PlayStation 4. The company gave no release window for the PS4 or Xbox One versions today.

All players who pre-order Battlefield 4 will receive the China Rising expansion pack, which includes four multiplayer maps set in mainland China. Those who pre-order the game's Origin-exclusive Digital Deluxe Edition — which will cost $69.99, $10 more than the standalone game —...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts behind the scenes video details development of its world and mechanics

Activision shared a behind the scenes video for Call of Duty: Ghosts during Microsoft's Xbox One unveiling event, detailing the development ideology behind the company's next-gen Call of Duty title.

The video above shares more details on the development of the game's plot and characters, as well as information on features new to the franchise such as dynamic maps and the ability to have a dog as a squad mate.

A teaser trailer for the game leaked earlier this morning prior to the Xbox One announcement, but has since been taken down. The full trailer from Microsoft's presentation is...

Microsoft execs discuss Xbox One in new video

Microsoft released a three-minute video today in which the executives behind the next-gen console highlight the Xbox One's features.

Check out the video above to see senior vice president of marketing and strategy Yusuf Mehdi discuss TV and Skype integration, corporate vice president Phil Spencer discuss graphics and chief product officer March Whitten discuss the Xbox One's hardware and software.

You'll get an overview the console, the hardware and the thinking behind the Xbox One in the video above. For more details, be sure to check out Polygon's StoryStream below.

Call of Duty: Ghosts story trailer offers a glimpse at the life of a Ghost

Activision shared a new trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts during Microsoft's Xbox One unveiling event today, offering viewers a first look at the game's world.

The game will feature a new world, characters and story on the company's new next generation engine.

"We're ghosts," the narrator says, "fighting for something that can't be killed."

A shorter version of the trailer leaked this morning prior to Microsoft's event.

Call of Duty: Ghosts will launch on Nov. 5 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Wii U. The game will launch on Xbox One at an unspecified date and will receive all...

Xbox One unveil video gives a close-up look at Microsoft's newest console

The first unveil video for Xbox One gives a closer look at the console, new Kinect sensor, Xbox One controller and additional features including a personalized homescreen, live TV and Skype.

The latest console is being described as an all-in-one entertainment system that combines gaming, music, films and television which can be switched between through voice recognition and gestures.

Xbox One: What we know

This morning, in a tent built atop a soccer field in Redmond, Wash., Microsoft unveiled its newest game console. Unlike rumors suggested, it's called Xbox One. It's Microsoft's latest step in turning its consoles into entertainment hubs, coming at an unspecified price and date later this year.

Like Sony with PlayStation 4 and Nintendo with Wii U, Microsoft is preparing to enter a market much different than the one it did last generation — and for Microsoft, that was eight years ago. This time around, there's new competition from companies like Apple, Valve, Facebook, Samsung, Ouya and...

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Quantum Break trailer melds live-action and gaming on the Xbox One

Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind the Alan Wake franchise and the first two Max Payne titles, shared a teaser trailer for Quantum Break today, the company's new franchise set to launch on the Xbox One later this year.

The trailer above introduces two characters, a woman and a young girl with strange powers. As she touches the woman near her ear, the viewer is transported into a video game world just in time to see a ship on collision course with a bridge.

"Time is the fire in which we burn," reads the tagline.

Check out the teaser above for a first look at Quantum Break.

Forza Motorsport 5 trailer shows next-gen racing on Xbox One

A trailer released today for Forza Motorsport 5 shows what racing will look like on Microsoft's next-gen console.

Check out the trailer above to see Turn 10 Studios' Forza Motorsport 5 in action. The game will launch alongside the Xbox One later this year. For more on today's event during which Microsoft unveiled the next-gen console, be sure to browse Polygon's StoryStream.

Forza Motorsport 5 is one of fifteen exclusives Microsoft said would be available within the first year of the Xbox One's life.


EA Sports Ignite engine trailer shows the sweaty next generation of sports gaming

EA Sports has released the trailer it showed at Microsoft's Xbox One reveal event touting the power of its next-generation Ignite engine.

The trailer covers the publisher's four main sports franchises: UFC, Madden NFL, NBA Live and FIFA, where bodies, balls and nets alike bend and deform under impacts and pressure. It's unclear whether this video was running on the Ignite engine in real time or if this was a pre-rendered demonstration.

For more on EA Sports' involvement with Xbox One, check out Polygon's coverage here.

Bungie confirms Xbox One version of Destiny

An Xbox One version of Destiny is in development at Bungie, the studio confirmed today on Twitter.

"Destiny will absolutely be shipping on four platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the newly announced Xbox One," said Bungie. The studio announced during Sony's PS4 unveiling that the PS4 version of the game will include exclusive content.

Destiny, which is being published by Activision, is set for release in 2014.

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Report: All Xbox One games must be installed, secondhand players must pay fee (Update)

All games for Microsoft's Xbox One must first be installed onto the console's HDD before they can be played, according to a report from Wired.

Wired reports that game discs must first be installed onto the Xbox One and, if owners want to use the disc with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc. This suggests that, once installed, games may no longer require their discs.

It is unclear whether this means Xbox One will support used games and what this means for users who rent games or lend them to friends.

Current-gen consoles...

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Thief launching for Xbox One

Thief, Eidos-Montreal and Square Enix's reinvention of the stealth franchise, will launch on Xbox One, according to a recent press release.

In Thief, players take control of Garrett, a master thief in a fantasy, steampunk world. The game was announced in March and is currently slated for launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2014. More details about Thief are expected at E3 2013.

Xbox One was announced today during Microsoft's unveiling event. You can find all of our coverage right here.

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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Watch Dogs confirmed for Xbox One this year

Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and Watch Dogs will be available on Xbox One "later this year," Ubisoft announced today.

According to Ubisoft, those games are two of at least six that the publisher plans to release on Xbox One within the console's first year of existence. The six games will include new entries in existing franchises as well as new IP, along with downloadable titles.

"The next generation of consoles will reinvigorate our industry and make it possible for us to deliver incredible new entertainment to gamers," said Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft, in a press release today....

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Next-gen Xbox will not have always on requirements for single-player games

The newly announced Xbox One will not require a constant Internet connection for single-player gaming as was previously rumored, Microsoft announced today

While an "Always On" function isn't a requirement, a connection is still necessary for streaming and accessing multiplayer through the new console.

"Gamers can calm down," said Microsoft's Don Mattrick during today's event, "we got you covered."

However, Xbox One will offer game developers the ability to use its Azure cloud computing service throughout development, according to Wired. This way developers can rely on the cloud as...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts will 'make the world a character,' Infinity Ward says

Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Ghosts will make the game world a character, according to executive producer Mark Rubin.

Speaking to Polygon, Rubin said that when the studio set out to make the game — long before it decided what the game was going to be or what it would be called — it asked itself what would happen if the game world was a character rather than just an environment where battles take place.

"What if the world actually affects the player, and the state of the world directly affects the player from a story standpoint?" Rubin said. "A character means someone who has a material...

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Xbox One not backward compatible with Xbox 360 games

The Xbox One won't play any existing Xbox 360 games, said Microsoft's Marc Whitten in an interview with The Verge.

The lack of backward compatibility results from the new console's hardware architecture, which is a significant departure from that of the Xbox 360. "The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective," said Whitten, chief product officer for Xbox.

In a Q&A about the Xbox One posted this afternoon, Microsoft representatives said, "We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games—games that are...

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Xbox One uses HDMI output, doesn't support component connections

Xbox One, Microsoft's newly unveiled next-gen console, will feature pass-through HDMI that can connect a cable box, satellite or similar items directly to the system.

The signal is passed through the HDMI port to the user's TV, which will allow users to interact with their TV with the Xbox's interface overlaying. However, as seen in the image above, the console has no connections for component or composite cables, bucking the current-gen trend for TV connectivity. Also seen in the image is an IR output, assumedly for connecting to cable boxes and home entertainment setups.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts coming to Xbox One, DLC remains timed exclusive

Call of Duty: Ghosts, the next game in Infinity Ward's 10-year-old military shooter series, will launch on Microsoft's Xbox One, the company announced today during the console's unveiling event.

All downloadable content for Call of Duty will launch first on Xbox One as timed exclusives.

The game will include all new characters in a new world, rendered on an all-new engine. In a behind-the-scenes video, the development team said the goal was to create a cast of characters you will feel more attached to. Stephen Gaghan, writer of Traffic and Syriana, is working on the script.

In Ghosts...

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Microsoft announces Xbox One partnership with NFL

Microsoft has entered into a partnership with the National Football League for exclusive content on the Xbox One, Microsoft announced during its reveal event for the console today.

Nancy Tellem, president of Xbox Entertainment Studios, introduced a video featuring Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft's Xbox division, as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The two discussed the partnership, which they said will deliver the ultimate viewing experience for football fans.

The video offered a glimpse at the Xbox One's deep integration with fantasy football — your fantasy team can appear in...

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Xbox One to be released 'around the world later this year'

The next Xbox will be released "around the world later this year," Microsoft announced at the unveiling of its new console today.

Microsoft's next-generation Xbox One will be released roughly eight years after the debut of the Xbox 360, which launched in North America on Nov. 22, 2005.

The new Xbox will face the launch of Sony's new PlayStation 4 at retail this holiday season in North America.

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Steven Spielberg to work on Halo live-action series

Halo 4 developer 343 Industries is collaborating with director Steven Spielberg to create a Halo live-action television series, studio boss Bonnie Ross announced today at the Xbox One reveal.

Taking the stage with Nancy Tellem, the entertainment and digital media president of Microsoft, Ross said that 343 Industries looks forward to merging "the storytelling magic of television with the interactive innovation of Xbox One."

In a video broadcast during the Xbox One reveal, Steven Spielberg said: "For me the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology...

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Remedy Entertainment unveils Quantum Break, one of eight 'brand-new franchises' coming to Xbox One in first year

Remedy Entertainment, the Finland-based developer behind the Max Payne and Alan Wake series, is debuting Quantum Break, a new title which appears to bring the episodic narrative structure of Alan Wake to the Xbox One.

The trailer featured a combination of live action and graphics, and featured the tagline "Time is the fire in which we burn."

Microsoft's Phil Spencer said, "To jumpstart this new generation," Microsoft Studios will "create new and original IP for Xbox One. In fact, we have more original titles in development now than at any time in our history."

Spencer said that Microsoft...

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Xbox One's first 12 months will see 15 exclusive games, eight original franchises

During the Xbox One's first 12 months, Microsoft's next-gen console will receive 15 exclusive games, eight of which are original franchises, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, said during today's reveal.

Spencer took the stage to talk about the games, publishers and exclusives coming to the console. During his time on stage, he showed demos of Forza Motorsport 5 running on the new console. Alan Wake developer Remedy Entertainment is developing a game called Quantum Break, which also appeared on stage.

Microsoft also revealed developers, publishers and games headed to the next-gen...

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Microsoft explains the interconnected Achievements of the Xbox One (update)

Microsoft outlined the evolution of its new "dynamic and changing" achievement system today during a press conference where the company revealed the next-generation Xbox One console.

Though details were scarce, representatives said that the Xbox One's achievements will follow players and sync through the cloud, as referred to several times during the press conference.

Prior to today's reveal, sources told Polygon that developers and publishers would be able to add achievements without DLC, in part to influence player behavior. The new achievements could also be tied to specific...

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Forza Motorsport 5 in the works for Xbox One

Forza Motorsport 5 was the first game shown by Microsoft during its Xbox One reveal stream. The teaser video (below) showed a detailed race track and cars but didn't provide any information beyond that. Forza Motorsport 5 will be available at the launch of the Xbox One, and Microsoft plans to show off more at E3.

Developed by Redmond, Wash.-based Turn 10 Studios, Forza Motorsport 5 appears to be a return to the more straight-faced, serious racing sim that the series is best known for. 2012's Forza Horizon — co-developed by Turn 10 and Playground Studios — went more over the top, with a...

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Next-gen EA Sports titles running on Ignite engine at Xbox One reveal

Electronic Arts showed off next-generation versions of its FIFA, UFC, Madden NFL and NBA Live franchises at Microsoft's reveal event for the Xbox One today, and said all next-gen EA Sports titles will run on the new Ignite engine.

EA Sports president Andrew Wilson announced "a brand-new, broad strategic partnership between EA and Microsoft," and said that Xbox One and PlayStation 4 entries in all four franchises will be released within the next year. In addition, the Xbox One version of FIFA 14 will feature exclusive content for FIFA Ultimate Team.

"Fueled by EA Sports Ignite, EA Sports...

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Xbox Live on Xbox One will include more than 300,000 servers, powered by cloud technology

The next generation of Xbox Live will include more than 300,000 dedicated servers and be powered by cloud technology, Marc Whitten announced in an event today alongside the unveiling of its next-generation console, Xbox One.

Xbox One Live users will be able to save their games, movies, and more at any time with cloud saves, according to Whitten. Users will also have a dedicated game DVR to capture in-game moments. Improvements also extend to matchmaking and achievements, Whitten said.

"Achievements tell your personal story of how you play, not just what you've done," Whitten said.

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Xbox One specs include 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and Blu-ray

The Xbox One features an 8-core CPU, 8GB of system memory, and a 500GB hard drive, Microsoft's Marc Whitten announced today. The console uses a single system-on-a-chip (SoC) using a 40 nanometer process combining the GPU, CPU, memory, and more onto a single chip.

For comparison, the Xbox 360 is powered by an IBM PowerPC tri-core processor running at 3.2 GHz and an ATI Xenos GPU running at 500 MHz. Those two discrete chips were originally built using a 90 nanometer process.

Other Xbox One specs include:

  • USB 3.0
  • 802.11n wireless with Wi-Fi Direct
  • Blu-ray
  • HDMI in/out

"Variable power...

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Xbox One includes a new Kinect sensor

The Xbox One will include a new Kinect sensor, Microsoft announced during its Xbox reveal event today.

The new device supports 1080p video at 30 frames per second and offers a 60 percent wider field of view, thanks to a data throughput of 2 GB per second. New "time of flight" technology enables the sensor to measure the time it takes for photons to bounce off players, and because it uses infrared technology, it works in a dark room. The sensor is also much more precise — it's able to read a person's balance and the transfer of weight, and it can measure a heartbeat during exercise. And an...

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Xbox One controller features 40 design changes

The Xbox One will feature a redesigned version of the Xbox controller, Microsoft's Marc Whitten announced today at the console's unveiling event.

The controller looks similar to the previous Xbox controller. The analog sticks are thinner and have some texturing on the sides and look like perforated rubber coating. The controller has been updated with 40 design changes, including new dynamic impulse triggers, a newly designed precision directional pad that is more cross-shaped, an integrated battery compartment and a Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack. Players will also be able to plug in stereo...

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Xbox One's SmartGlass functionality detailed

Microsoft's Marc Whitten included SmartGlass in a list of features built in to Xbox One. He implied that the service will be more widely used and work better because the new hardware has been built from the ground up to take advantage of it.

SmartGlass will also allow players to navigate live TV with simple gestures, or switch between multitasking apps using Xbox One's improved user interface.

SmartGlass was first revealed for the Xbox 360 during E3 2012. The SmartGlass service uses computers, mobile devices and tablets to provide users with extra points of interaction with games, TV...

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Skype on Xbox One will allow group video calls

Microsoft's Xbox One will use Skype for group video calls and can be controlled used voice commands, the company announced at the console's unveiling event today.

Skype will be available in widescreen HD, and users will be able to do group video calls on their TV. Users can use the new "Snap" mode in Skype as well and use the Kinect's voice commands to operate it. Users will also be able to multitask when using Skype, and can call make calls through the service while playing a game. Skype can pop up in any application at any time, and will make use of the Kinect's 1080p video for video...

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Xbox One user interface with 'instant switching' detailed

Microsoft showed off the Xbox One's interface during the console's reveal event today, and it's heavily integrated with the next Kinect.

Yusuf Mehdi, senior vice president for Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, demonstrated the always-on device by booting it up with the command "Xbox, on." Users will be able to switch between games, music, TV and movies with voice commands. The switching took mere seconds. Gesture-based navigation powered by Kinect is also available; you can "grab" panes and swipe between them. Saying "watch ESPN" instantly brought up the sports network...

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Xbox One offers live television feed, guides

During the reveal event, Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi asked, "What if a single device could provide all your entertainment, what if it could turn on your TV and talk to all the devices in your living room?"

Then he showed off the ability to say, "Xbox, watch TV" and have the Xbox feed switch directly to live television feed. Mehdi was able to swap back and forth between games, television, music and Internet explorer with a simple phrase. He also showed off the ability to change using hand motions.

Mehdi also revealed the Xbox One Guide, which provides full local TV listings. He was able to...

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Xbox One, Microsoft's next-generation console revealed

Microsoft unveiled its new console, the successor to the Xbox 360, at an event at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Wash. today.

The Xbox One is the name of the new device, and it will include the ability to support live television.

"What if a single device could provide all your entertainment, what if it could turn on your TV and talk to all the devices in your living room?" Microsoft's Don Mattrick asked.

The Xbox One will include a new Kinect, a slightly redesigned controller, and will be able to be controlled with your voice. Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi illustrated the system's...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts teaser leaks ahead of Xbox reveal event (update: trailer removed)

A teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts leaked online this morning, giving viewers a glimpse at the next installment in the franchise.

The trailer leaked ahead of Microsoft's event unveiling the company's next generation Xbox, and is punctuated with explosions and brief glimpses of what may be the title's protagonists.

"Soldiers stand against their enemies," narrates a deep voice. "The ghosts help them."

The trailer ends with an Xbox logo and the words "Xbox," suggesting the game's release on the next-gen console.

Update: The leaked teaser trailer has been taken down. The full trailer...


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The Xbox Reveal: Polygon + The Verge live shows before and after the event

After months of speculation and rumors, Microsoft will finally pull the tarp off its next-generation Xbox. If you're wondering where to be on that day, wonder no more. Polygon and The Verge will be teaming up with live video shows before and after the Microsoft press conference. Hosted by Polygon's Justin McElroy and The Verge's Joshua Topolsky, the shows will bring you all the latest news as it happens, with live reports from our reporters on the ground at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Wash.

Once the press conference starts, we'll be streaming it here, but we'll also have a live blog...

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Xbox reveal schedule boasts an 'interactive experience'

An itinerary sheet made available to Polygon for today's Xbox reveal boasts an afternoon architectural panel as well as a four hour-long lab tour and "interactive experience."

Starting at 10 a.m. PT, Microsoft promises an hour-long presentation titled Xbox: A New Generation Revealed at the Xbox Campus. At noon, this is followed by a 45- minute-long "architectural panel," before lab tours and "interactive experiences" begin at 1 p.m. PT.

Check out the images below for the full lineup of events taking place today at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters.

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Next-gen FIFA title will be shown tomorrow alongside the new Xbox

The next title in the FIFA soccer franchise will be shown tomorrow at Microsoft's event unveiling the next Xbox console, according to a post on the EA Sports FIFA Facebook page.

"See the next generation of FIFA," reads the text on a picture posted to the page, along with the #XboxReveal hashtag and the date and time of tomorrow's event.

The event will take place tomorrow on Microsoft's Redmond campus at 1 p.m. ET, and will be streamed through Xbox.com and Xbox Live as well as broadcast on Spike TV. Polygon will be in attendance and will be providing live coverage of the unveiling.

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Microsoft details its two-part console reveal for the next Xbox

The next Xbox console will be revealed in two stages, said Microsoft's interactive entertainment chief of staff Aaron Greenberg on the latest Major Nelson podcast.

As was previously announced, the first stage of the reveal begins May 21 in which the company will unveil its next-generation Xbox console. The second presentation will take place during E3 and focus squarely on the games that will launch for the new platform.

"We have so much goodness that there's no way we could have packed it all into one event," Greenberg stated, as transcribed by CVG.

"The best way I can describe it is,...

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Microsoft constructing new venue for Xbox reveal

Microsoft is constructing an entirely new venue for next week's Xbox reveal and press conference, this according to tweets from Microsoft's interactive entertainment chief of staff Aaron Greenberg and Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb.

Two images were tweeted via their individual accounts, offering a look at the still-in-construction briefing space for the conference held at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington headquarters. The above image, taken by Greenberg, shows the roofless building from afar. Hryb's image shows a slightly closer look into the still-bare space.

The event was c...

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Next Xbox will allow offline play and support Blu-ray, according to supposedly leaked Microsoft memo

The next-generation Xbox will allow for offline play of single-player video games and Blu-ray Discs, among other content, according to a supposed internal Microsoft memo obtained by Ars Technica.

The memo, which was reportedly sent to all full-time Microsoft employees who are working on the console, refers to it as "Durango," the company's codename for the system.

"Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet," the memo reads. "There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and...

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Call of Duty: Ghosts is official, here's our first tease

The next game in the franchise hits Nov. 5, 2013 and promises to deliver an all new story, setting and cast of characters powered by a "next generation" Call of Duty engine, according to the press release. The game will be coming to the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and "next generation platforms." More details will be announced at Microsoft's May 21 Xbox event.

"Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. "We saw the console transition as the...

The next Xbox rethinks DRM, Achievements and Xbox Live friends, our sources say

Sources tell Polygon that the current version of the next-gen console includes a next-gen approach to video sharing, anti-piracy protection, social networking and a massive expansion of the Xbox 360's popular achievement system.

Like the recently announced PlayStation 4, the still-unnamed next Xbox will include the ability to capture video highlights of gameplay and then share them through networks like Facebook and Ustream.

In February, during the official PlayStation 4 unveiling, Sony officials detailed the heightened importance of sharing game experiences. The ability to share a...

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Next-gen Xbox official, to be unveiled on Microsoft's Redmond campus on May 21

The next-generation Xbox will be unveiled at a gathering on May 21 at Microsoft's Redmond campus, according to an invite sent out to press today.

The invite, entitled "A New Generation Revealed," states that the event will take place at 10 a.m. and will feature Don Mattrick and the Xbox team on the "Xbox campus for a special unveiling." The event invite includes the hashtag "XboxReveal."

According to the follow up confirmation email, attendees will need to arrive at the "Xbox Campus" at 9:15 a.m. Final email confirmations along with details about the address and onsite details will be...

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Next Xbox will 'interact with your cable box,' Kinect will detect eye movement

Microsoft's next-gen Xbox will feature a set-top box similar to Google TV and a Kinect sensor that can detect eye movement, The Verge reports.

Speaking with sources familiar with the project, The Verge reports that the system functions by passing a cable box signal via HDMI. This allows the Xbox to stack user interface features on top of already existing channels. Microsoft has reportedly partnered with content providers and will continue to push out support for other cable services in the future. A constant internet connection will be required in order to use these services.

The next-gen...

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