A brand new Xbox console has been revealed by makers Microsoft, with the new hardware due to be released this year in the UK.
The new Xbox One was unveiled at a press event at Microsoft’s HQ in Redmond, Washington and watched by millions on the web and via the Xbox Live online service.
No price has been announced yet but the Xbox One will come bundled with a next generation version of the Kinect motion sensor, which Microsoft hope will create an all-in-one system that plays video games, movies, and TV shows and allows you to instantly switch between them at any time.
The console was demonstrated responding to voice commands and Minority Report style hand gestures, allowing you to simultaneously watch a live sports broadcast and keep an eye on your fantasy league.
Microsoft did not mention the controversy over ‘always-online’ demands on stage but later clarified to Metro that the Xbox One would not need to be online in order to run single-player games and movie content.
Relatively few games were announced at the unveil event, but EA Sports did demonstrate four new titles using a brand new next generation game engine called EA Ignite.
As well as Madden NFL, NBA Live, and UFC, the next generation FIFA 14 was shown for the first time, with exclusive Xbox content destined for the Ultimate Team online game.
Also taking to the stage was Activision to show off the first gameplay demo, underlying the huge jump forward in graphical quality from the current generation Xbox 360 to the Xbox One.
Microsoft also committed to published 15 new games in the Xbox One’s first year, eight of which would be brand new franchises. One of these is Quantum Break, from the creators of Alan Wake, while the only Microsoft-published sequel demonstrated was racing game Forza Motorsport 5.
One of the biggest surprises of the night though was a live action Halo television series to be made by Steven Spielberg.
The show will be produced by Microsoft themselves as they seek to further break down the barriers between TV, movies, and interactive entertainment.