The Xbox One is a video gaming console produced by Microsoft. Preceded by the Xbox 360, the Xbox One is the third gaming console in Microsoft’s gaming console lineup. Part of the eighth generation of gaming consoles, the Xbox One competes directly with the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Wii U. Additionally, Microsoft is positioning the device as a complete entertainment system, putting it in competition with other streaming media players such as the Apple TV, Roku, and more.
Key specs on the Xbox One include Xbox OS, a custom 1.75 GHz AMD 8 core APU, 8 GB DDR3 memory, 500 GB of internal storage, 853 MHz AMD Radeon GCN GPU, 7.1 surround sound, and more. Blu-ray, DVD, and CD discs are all compatible with the Xbox One. WiFi, ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 in/out, S/PDIF out, IR-out, and Kinect port connectivity is also on board.
Sadly, the Xbox one provides no backwards compatibility for owners of Xbox 360 or original Xbox games. However, with the number of extra features packed into the Xbox One, Microsoft is betting the upgrade will be worthwhile for most consumers. Such upgrades include integration with Kinect motion sensors, Skype, an expanded Xbox Live service, support for live streaming, and much more.
Over 3 million Xbox One units had shipped by the end of 2013, with more than 5 million shipped by the end of Q1 2014.