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 multitasking prowess by switching between television, gaming, music, and the Internet Explorer applications.

One of those applications will be Microsoft's ubiquitous video chat service, Skype.

"Not only will you get Skype on your living room TV with the best camera available, but you'll be able to do group calls," Mehdi said.

Skype will support "Snap Mode," a feature inherited from Windows, which will "snap" the Skype application to the side of your display while you're in other applications.

The Xbox One includes a guide, also controllable with voice, which allows the Xbox One to work with your cable service.


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