Xbox One - Your Ultimate Guide
Written Monday, July 29, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
This is your ultimate, comprehensive guide to the Xbox One. Free from misinformation and rumours, what you see below strips away the chatter and concentrates only on the facts. It’s everything you need to know in one place.
Our guide contains no reference to Microsoft’s old policies, nor to Xbox One features that are rumoured to be announced in the future. Instead, the information below represents only the very latest, most accurate details confirmed by Microsoft itself.
As a result of this, our comprehensive guide to the Xbox One is constantly evolving. As we learn more and as Microsoft clarifies its plans for the next generation console, this document will reflect those changes. You simply don’t need to go anywhere else.
- Release Date
- Xbox One Price
- Standard Box Contents
- Xbox One Design
- Controller Design
- Kinect 2
- Game Price
- Launch Games
- Launch Window Games
- Play & Charge Kit
- Controller and Play & Charge Kit
- Xbox One Day One Edition
- Day One Edition Games
- Backwards Compatibility
- Region Locks
- Sharing and Renting
- Game Downloads
- Game Installs
- Internet Requirements
- Video Sharing
- Reputation System
- Smart Match
- User Interface
November 22, 2013 in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Xbox One will launch in other global markets in 2014.
The price Microsoft has set is $499 in North America, €499 Euros in Europe and £429 in the UK. Individual retailers may offer different prices.
- 8 Core x86 AMD CPU
- 8 GB System Memory
- 500 GB HDD
- Blu-ray Drive
- 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi direct
- Gigabit Ethernet
- HDMI in/Out (1080p, 4K support)
- Optical out
- 2 x USB 3.0
- Xbox One console with 500GB Hard Drive
- Blu-ray Player
- Kinect Sensor
- HDMI Cable
- Chat Headset
Designed according to the same aspect ratio as a widescreen TV (16:9) and built to reflect the Metro-style user interface used on the console, the Xbox One features both matte and glass finish sections. It’s black, or more specifically, "liquid black" and it cannot stand up vertically like the Xbox 360. The Xbox logo glows white when the console is on.
Microsoft says: “The design language is visible in Xbox One’s hardware. The console is evenly divided between the matte and gloss – the front in particular clearly reflects this symmetry – and the top brings together two even rectangles, where the vent panel’s edge detail matches the appearance of a selected tile in the user interface.
Cosmetically similar in design of the Xbox 360 controller, the Xbox One pad features a number of improvements relating to feedback - with rumble capable of spreading from the centre of the controller all the way out to the trigger buttons - as well as a tweaked directional pad, a flush battery pack and a tightened button layout.
Microsoft says: “Even the wireless controller uses liquid black to enhance visibility. The traditional A, B, X and Y buttons were re-designed so that the colored letters now float on a sea of rich, liquid black, a triple-shot of injected resin, clearly defining their placement on the controller. The dimensions are refined to the closest tenth of a millimeter to ensure the best fit and comfort in gamers’ hands.”
Significantly upgraded, the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor features a 1080p camera with a wide-angle lens and can process 2 gigabits of data per second, all of which will be used to more accurately track movement.
Among Microsoft’s claims are that the new Kinect can track up to six skeletons at once and sense your heart rate. It can also power up the Xbox One from sleep mode using voice commands. The Xbox One will not work without a Kinect unit attached.
Article and Videos: The Eyes, Ears and Brain of the All New Kinect
Microsoft has priced first-party Xbox One games at $59.99 in North America and £49.99 in the UK, which is the same price as Xbox 360 games. Third-party developers are expected to follow suit. Again, retailers may offer different prices.
- Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Ubisoft
- Battlefield 4 - DICE
- Call of Duty: Ghosts - Infinity Ward
- Crimson Dragon - Grounding Inc., Land Ho!
- Dead Rising 3 - Capcom
- FIFA 14 - EA Sports
- Fighter Within - AMA, Ltd.
- Forza Motorsport 5 - Turn 10
- Just Dance 2014 - Ubisoft
- LocoCycle - Twisted Pixel
- Madden NFL 25 - EA Sports
- NBA 2K14 - Visual Concepts
- NBA Live 14 - EA Sports
- Need for Speed: Rivals - Ghost, Criterion
- Powerstar Golf - Zoe Mode
- Killer Instinct - Double Helix
- Ryse: Son of Rome - Crytek
- Skylanders: Swap Force - Vicarious Visions
- Zoo Tycoon - Frontier Developments
- Zumba Fitness: World Party - Zoe Mode
Launch window games are those games due to be released before March 2014.
- Minecraft: Xbox One Edition - Mojang
- Project Spark - Microsoft
- The Crew - Ivory Towers and Reflections
- Titanfall - Respawn
- Wolfenstein: The New Order - Machine Games
- Kinect Sports Rivals - Rare
- Watch Dogs - Ubisoft Montreal
- Peggle 2 - PopCap Games
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - TT Games
- Xbox One Wireless Controller
"Experience the action like never before with the Xbox One Wireless Controller. New Impulse Triggers deliver fingertip vibration feedback, so you can feel every jolt and crash in high definition. Redesigned thumbsticks and an all new D-pad provide greater precision. And the entire controller fits more comfortably in your hands. With over 40 innovations, it’s simply the best controller Xbox has ever made."
- Xbox One Chat Headset
"Keep your in-game communications crisp with the Xbox One Chat Headset. Hear friends and foes in crystal-clear digital wideband audio. The Chat Headset is designed for comfort during long gaming sessions. Plus, you can adjust the mute and volume settings without taking your hands off the controller."
- Xbox One Play & Charge Kit
Keep the action going with the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit. Recharge while you play or afterwards, even when your Xbox is in standby. The long-lasting rechargeable battery fully charges in under 4 hours. Say goodbye to disposable batteries and having to swap them out in the middle of a game.
- Xbox One Wireless Controller and Play & Charge Kit
Pick up a Xbox One Wireless Controller and Play & Charge Kit in one convenient bundle.
The Xbox One Day One edition is a limited edition version of the console, available to pre-order at selected retailers. It comes in special packaging with the following contents, at the same price as the standard edition:
- Xbox One system with 500GB hard drive
- Blu-ray player
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- A Kinect sensor
- One branded Xbox One Wireless Controller
- Free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members
- Commemorative Day One Achievement
- Xbox One Chat Headset
Day One Edition games are Xbox One exclusives available via pre-order at participating retailers. They come with special box art and bonus in-game content, at no extra cost.
- Dead Rising 3
“Exclusive Frank West and Chuck Greene Tribute Packs with bonus attributes.”
- Forza Motorsport 5
“Access to three cars tuned to the top of their class.”
- Ryse: Son of Rome
“Exclusive multiplayer map and sword with bonus attributes.”
No. Neither your Xbox 360 game disks, nor your Xbox Live Arcade games will be playable on Xbox One, due to the console’s “different core architecture.”
No. You can play games purchased anywhere in the world.
Yes. Disc-based games can be lent or borrowed in the same way as Xbox 360 games.
Yes. Digital versions of all games will be made available to download on the same day as the physical release. Xbox One will allow you to start playing games while they're downloading to the console's hard drive.
Yes. Disc-based Xbox One games require a mandatory install. You can start playing games while they're downloading.
- An internet connection is required to access a download during system set-up, which is needed in order to play offline disc-based games
- Forza Motorsport 5 will require a one-time connection in order to access late game content
- An internet connection will be necessary in order to play multiplayer games and access Xbox Live
Your existing Xbox 360 Gamertag, Achievements and Gamerscore will carry over to the Xbox One.
Achievements are now split into two types; Achievements and Challenges
- Achievements can be added to and edited post-release by developers, independently from any DLC releases
- Achievements will receive a monthly cap to limit the amount developers can release (the actual cap has not been revealed)
- Many Achievements are associated with the Xbox One’s recording capabilities, allowing you to share footage of the moment you earned a specific Achievement
- Achievements can unlock digital artwork, new maps, unlockable characters, and temporary stat boosts
- Achievements will be tracked more completely on the dashboard, allowing you to see your progress towards an Achievement
- Achievements will be featured in a dashboard feed, allowing you to watch what Achievements your friends gain
- Achievement histories are displayed in a newly designed menu accessible through the dashboard
- Challenges are Achievements that receive 0 Gamerscore
- Challenges come in two flavours: time-based community challenges and non-timed individual challenges.
- Challenges can span more than one game
- Challenges can be unlocked by the community, so developers can reward players for things like cumulative kills
Yes. The Xbox One records and stores the last 5 minutes of gameplay, then allows you to share that footage in a variety of ways. Players can upload the footage as raw gameplay, or add titles, commentary and extra footage recorded using Kinect.
- The reputation system on Xbox One has been revised so that a user’s reputation now improves the longer they play online without offending anyone
- Offending someone doesn’t just mean being reported, Microsoft also tracks blocks and mutes
- There are three levels of reputation displayed clearly on a user’s Gamercard; Good Player, Needs Improvement and Avoid Me
- Before a user reaches Avoid Me, they will receive numerous alerts
- The new reputation system will also feed into the new Smart Match matchmaking system, keeping poorly behaved players away from everyone else
Article: Reputation explained
- Smart Match builds on the Xbox 360’s existing systems for improved matchmaking
- Smart Match allows users to make a specific game request and then go off and do other stuff while matches are found
- Users can also request to “Match by DLC”, if they own a particular piece of downloadable content
- SmartMatch will tell users how long they can expect to wait for find the match they’ve requested
- With Xbox 360 games, game requests are peer-based, making your console the host for the duration of your session. With SmartMatch, game requests are cloud-based
- SmartMatch pairs players on the basis of skill, language and reputation
Article: Smart Match explained
- The Xbox One’s user interface has integrated Kinect functionality; it can be navigated using motion and voice controls
- The Xbox One can multitask using the Snap feature, meaning that you can browse the net using Internet Explorer while watching a movie, or use Skype at the same time as watching TV, movies or playing games