Comments on: Microsoft Reveals the Xbox One, Aims for Complete Media Integration PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:24:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: xOptix78 Tue, 21 May 2013 22:56:00 +0000 Finally! A game console that doesn’t look like a game console! I’d be happy to put this one beside a HTPC or what not because it wouldn’t look out of place.

As for specs, wow. I’m always amazed at what developers can do with lower end specs because they only have to design the game to run on one type of hardware (or three at the most usually – MS, Sony, Nintendo).

Three OSs would be the last thing that I’d advertise. Maybe an always running launcher, but never three OSs. It could give some the impression that the system could get bogged down. Maybe that’s just me coming from a computer gaming background and running a pretty lean system so resource usage doesn’t become a limiting factor.

If the price is right, I could see me picking one up. I just need to convince my wife (and now my son) to part with the Wii and PS3.

By: Rob Williams Tue, 21 May 2013 22:08:00 +0000 I’m not sure I’d call the trio OS thing a gimmick on account of it being something the company will never put in its marketing. I do laugh at the fact that it could have been all one OS, though… like a Windows PC. But this way they can have fluid operation between them thanks to each being virtualized.

Also, it does look rather ugly, I admit. Rather surprised at that, actually. But I don’t even care… I’ve had two Xbox 360s die because of an RRoD, so if this one doesn’t have that problem, let it look like a VCR.

By: Jamie Fletcher Tue, 21 May 2013 20:35:00 +0000 Not going to lie… it looks like they took the tape deck out of a 90s VCR, and put in a BD drive. Less console looking, more media centre. I guess that was the idea anyway, with all the integration going on.

Digging deeper, I see 802.11n on the wireless, but I can’t find whether is supports the 5.0GHz band (since the 11n standard crosses both 2.4 and 5.0, depending on setup). It does state multiple radios, so maybe it does (to clarify, 2.4GHz is a saturated airwave, 5.0 significantly less so with a wider range of channels to choose from – less interference, more reliability). WiFi Direct is interesting though, though I’m not sure about it’s range in comparison to Bluetooth.

What is interesting now between the two systems is the approach to the two types of memory systems, DDR vs GDDR, or, to over-simplify, Low Latency vs High Bandwidth, respectively. I guess the fans are going to be talking each other’s ears off for years to come.

The whole three OS thing is a gimmick really, just abstracted software layers, AKA, virtualising, means they can keep media and games separate from each other (one would hope for security reasons).

Still a fair amount to digest at the moment, but as well all know, hardware means squat without the software, and that will be what sets the consoles apart – the games! Shame we live in an age of multi-platform releases, which means the only question you need to ask yourself is… What colour would you like your game to be?