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Microsoft has unveiled its latest gaming console, the Xbox One, featuring voice control, a new version of Xbox Live and built-in Skype.

Microsoft has unveiled the Xbox One, an all-in-one gaming and entertainment system created for today and the next generation. The company showcased how Xbox One puts the user at the centre 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.‚”

Introducing Xbox One

Say ‚”Xbox On‚” to launch a personalized Xbox One Home screen, discover what is popular on TV or see friends’ latest gaming achievements all using your voice. The more you interact with Xbox One, the more it gets to know you and learns what you like. Some of the Xbox One features include the following:

• TV on Xbox One. Navigate and watch live TV from a satellite set-top box through the Xbox One.

‚Ä¢ Home. Turn on the entertainment system with two powerful words, ‚”Xbox On,‚” and a custom-tailored Home dashboard welcomes you with your favourite games, TV and entertainment.

• Snap. Do two things at once. Use Snap to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching a movie, talk with friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track your fantasy team on TV as you watch the real game.

• Skype for Xbox One. Specially designed for Xbox One, talk with friends on your TV in HD.

• Trending. Stay on top of what is hot on TV by discovering the entertainment that is popular among your friends, and see what is trending within the Xbox community.

• OneGuide. Find entertainment easily, searching by network or name, all via voice commands and presented in a tailored program guide.

An eight-core, x86 processor and more than 5-billion transistors helps make lag and load times less

Titles launched with the Xbox One include the following:

‚Ä¢ ‚”Forza Motorsport 5‚” from Turn 10 Studios is the latest edition of the highest-rated racing franchise of the past 10 years.

‚Ä¢ ‚”Call of Duty: Ghosts‚” is the next generation of ‚”Call of Duty‚” and a leap forward for the franchise. It delivers a new world, new characters and an all-new story

‚Ä¢ ‚”FIFA 14,‚” ‚”Madden NFL 25,‚” ‚”NBA LIVE 14,‚” and ‚”EA SPORTS UFC‚” from EA Sports are driven by the new EA Sports Ignite engine, delivering innovations in human intelligence, true player motion and living worlds.

‚Ä¢ ‚”Quantum Break‚” from Remedy Entertainment is an entertainment experience from the creators of ‚”Max Payne‚” and ‚”Alan Wake‚” that blurs the line between gaming and TV by integrating drama and gameplay into one immersive experience. How you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game.

Introducing a new generation of Xbox Live

Included with the Xbox One is a new version of Xbox Live that is more powerful and that takes more advantage of the cloud.

• Smart Match. A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people you want to play with while enjoying other activities.

• Living Games. Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and advanced artificial intelligence can learn to play like you, so friends can play against your shadow.

‚Ä¢ Expanded achievements. A new and expanded achievements system captures video of your epic moments, continues to grow a game’s achievements over time and rewards you in new ways, and your Gamerscore carries over from Xbox 360.

• Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox SmartGlass is natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.

Introducing the Xbox One look and feel

The console is shaped in the 16:9 aspect ratio and employs a horizontal orientation optimized for its high-speed Blu-ray disc player. Its chassis liquid black in colour and includes a beveled edge.

The redesigned 1080p Kinect is more precise, more responsive and more intuitive. Its vision, motion and voice technology let you reach into games and by expanding its field of view and fidelity. It works in nearly any lighting condition, recognises precise motion control from a slight wrist rotation, and distinguishes your voice even in a noisy room using advanced noise isolation.

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