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Microsoft Introduces Xbox One: an All-in-1 Home Entertainment System

May 24, 2013


Microsoft Corp. unveiled Xbox One, the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system.

According to a release, at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., the company showcased how Xbox One puts the user at the center of games, TV, movies, music, sports and Skype.

"Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television and entertainment in a powerful, all- in-one device," said Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "Our unique, modern architecture brings simplicity to the living room and, for the first time ever, the ability to instantly switch across your games and entertainment."

With Xbox One, the company noted, games push the boundaries of realism, and TV obeys user's commands. Say "Xbox On" to launch personalized Xbox One Home screen, discover what is popular on TV or see friends' latest gaming achievements all using the most natural interface: the user's voice. The more a user interacts with Xbox One, the more it gets to know the user and learns what the user like. Some of the breakthrough Xbox One features that put the user at the center of the living room entertainment include the following:

-TV on Xbox One. Navigate and watch live TV from a cable, telco or satellite set-top box through Xbox One. Microsoft is committed to bringing live TV through various solutions to all the markets where Xbox One will be available.3

-Home. Turn on entertainment system with two powerful words, "Xbox On," and a custom-tailored Home dashboard welcomes users with their favorite games, TV and entertainment.

-Snap. Use Snap to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching a favorite movie, talk with friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track fantasy team on TV.

-Skype for Xbox One. Specially designed for Xbox One, this allows users to talk on the TV in HD, or hold group Skype calls on the TV.

-Trending. Allows users to see what is trending within the Xbox community.

-One Guide. Users can search by network, name or time, all with the sound of their voice and presented in a tailored program guide.

AAA blockbuster titles unveiled for Xbox One include the following:

-"Forza Motorsport 5"

-"Call of Duty: Ghosts"

-"FIFA 14," "Madden NFL 25," "NBA LIVE 14," and "EA Sports UFC"

-"Quantum Break"

In addition to the lineup of games coming to Xbox One, Microsoft unveiled exclusive content partnerships with some of the top names in TV, sports and entertainment.

-"Halo" television series. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer, Steven Spielberg will executive-produce an original "Halo" live-action television series with exclusive interactive Xbox One content, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Xbox Entertainment Studios.

-National Football League (NFL). A multiyear, landmark partnership will deliver interactive NFL television experiences for the next-generation Xbox One and leverage Microsoft devices and services to evolve both in-game and on the sideline. The NFL on Xbox will redefine broadcast experiences through developments around Skype, Xbox SmartGlass and player-worn technology; add an all-new fantasy football solution for the biggest screen in the house; and create a personalized NFL destination only available on Xbox One.

Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later this year.

Xbox is Microsoft's entertainment brand for the TV, phone, PC and tablet.

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