Xbox One

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Xbox One
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Release Date 2013
Developer Microsoft
Game Chronology:
Xbox 360 Xbox One
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The Xbox One is an 8th generation Video Game Console build by Microsoft. It was first released in November 2013.

Release Dates

The Xbox One was released on 22nd November 2013 for the US, EU and some other parts of the world. It was released in Japan on September 4, 2014.

Technical

The Xbox One features a custom made eight core x86 64 bit APU (combined CPU and GPU) build by AMD. It has 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard disk for save games and downloads. It has a BluRay disk drive and supports up to 4k video resolution.

The specifications are very similar to the competing PlayStation 4 by Sony.

An stereo video camera system (Kinect) has been bundled with early versions of the console; today this can be bought as an add-on.

Games for the Xbox One

Tomb Raider (2013) Definitive Edition

In January 2014 the newest Tomb Raider reboot game was released for the Xbox One in form of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition. It features enhanced graphics, taking advantage of the more sophisticated hardware.

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, the successor to Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light was released in December od 2014.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be the first Tomb Raider game to be released exclusively for Xbox One and Xbox 360. It is as of now (June 2015) unclear if and when this time exclusive deal runs out and the game will be released on competing consoles and/or PC.

Controversy

After announcing that the console would have to be always connected to the internet in order to be able to play games Microsoft earned much criticism. This limitation was later withdrawn.

There have also been privacy concerns about the build in Kinect camera. Voice and gesture commands seem to be a bit unreliable, at least if the console is not set to "English" as the input language. A later version of the console came without the Kinect camera.