Microsoft Corp. this week announced the Xbox One, the successor to the Xbox 360 console.

The Xbox One will utilize an 8-core CPU, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray disc drive, 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi Direct, HDMI, and USB 3.0.

Xbox OneThe new Kinect, included with each Xbox One, includes a 1080p HD RGB camera and features 30 frames-per-second color, Time of Flight technology, and Microphone Arrays.

The Xbox One Controller features an integrated battery compartment, Impulse Triggers, Wi-Fi Direct Radio Stack, and a Precision Directional Pad.

Xbox One will feature facial recognition and voice recognition to instantly login users to a personalized home screen.

In addition, users can utilize voice commands like ‘Watch TV’, ‘Go to Music’, or ‘Xbox Game’ to change functionality. Also, users can snap programs to the sidebar similar to the Windows 8 operating system or use gestures like pulling both hands in to return to the Home page.

For sports fans, users can pull up live Fantasy League stats during live TV. Microsoft has partnered with the NFL to deliver exclusive interactive content for Xbox One.

To simplify TV, owners can use the Xbox Guide, a live program guide that supports voice recognition to jump into different channels or return back to the guide.

Microsoft will release 15 exclusive titles to Xbox One, including eight brand new franchises.

New game titles include Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break.

Finally, the hardware will not feature backwards compatibility to Xbox 360 titles. In addition, the hardware requires a connection to the internet, though the connection does not need to be persistent or always on.

The Xbox One will launch later this year.

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