Broadcasted live today at 1 pm from the Xbox campus, Microsoft representatives were expected to reveal expanded online streaming capabilities for the newest Xbox. As AllThingsD points out, Microsoft has already established a 125-person production studio capable of crafting between 10-minute and hour-and-a-half-long videos in Santa Monica to take advantage of the over 79 million consoles worldwide. The company has also said that there has been a 57 percent increase in streaming over gaming. Further rumors included the potential introduction of an augmented reality headset and cable integration to run alongside online video.
Here was what was confirmed by Microsoft during its presentation, which was live streamed online on Twitch:
- The device will be called the Xbox One, not the Xbox Infinity or the Xbox 720
- A dedicated trending section will surface the videos, TV shows and movies your friends and the entire Xbox Live community are watching
- The Kinect will be bundled with the Xbox One, which means voice and gesture controls will be available to all users from the very beginning
- Voice controls will allow users to quickly switch between the internet, movies, cable TV and games
- “Snap mode” will enable web browsing and Skype group calls while watching videos, movies and TV shows
- Xbox Live’s new server system will have the “entire world’s computing power in 1999” to back up your movies, shows, videos, etc.
- A live-action, interactive “Halo” television series, produced by Stephen Spielberg, will be available on the device
- More potentially to come at E3
The console will be available in the US later this year.