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GamesIndustry International writes today that following on from yesterday’s Xbox One unveiling, Microsoft has clearly noted that many gamers were more than a little disgruntled (to say the least! Twitter was afire with angry gamers last night!) about the focus on the entertainment aspects of the console rather than core games during the presentation. Gamers were waiting with baited breath for news of spectacular new games, and some felt a little let down, despite the fact that COD: Ghosts looked very impressive indeed. But fear not, Xbox UK marketing head Harvey Eagle told GII that when Microsoft presents the Xbox One at E3 in LA in a couple of weeks, it will be all about the games!

So there you have it, gamers, don’t panic! Or in the words of Eagle, “seeing is believing…I hope people weren’t confused about games still being absolutely critical and fundamental to us.”

Source: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-05-22-xbox-one-e3-is-absolutely-all-about-the-games
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Here's another bit of disappointing news. Despite (and because of) all the major innovations in the new Xbox One, it has a few shortcomings which were unavoidable. Apparently, because the new hardware is based upon the x86 architecture instead of the older Power-PC system, the Xbox 360 game disks will not work in the new console. Neither will the Xbox Live Arcade games you are currently playing. The only consolation is that your Gamerscore and Xbox Live Gamertag will transfer. Here's a quote with Microsoft's statement on the issue,

It's good to see that Microsoft still wants to take care of its customers, even though it had to make the tough choice to press forward. The new console wouldn't have been capable of these amazing innovations if they had forced backwards compatibility, so it is probably worth the trade-off. Still, it's a source of contention for users, and we already have a complaint in the forums about it. You can join the discussion here: http://www.xboxoneforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=33&p=74#post74
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Of course, you had to expect Microsoft to launch a shiny new site for their shiny new Xbox One. Here's a pic tonight and a link below. Not only does their new site show off all the fancy features , it also has a cool video fully introducing the new Xbox One. Enjoy!

Source: XboxOne
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Update: According to some additional sources, it's possible Wired's information may be inaccurate, or at least is missing some of the details. Xbox Live's Major Nelson tried to clear thins up but has left the details sketchy. Here's a quote ,

As more details emerge, we will keep you guys updated.


As excited as we are by all the awesome hype surrounding the new Xbox One, we still must report everything about it to keep you guys well-informed, including the not-so-exciting stuff. According to some intel gathered directly from Microsoft by Wired magazine, games on the new Xbox One console will be required to install on the Hard Disk Drive to play. Furthermore, if you want to use the disc with a second account, you will have to pay a fee and still install the game from the disc. Here's a quote with more of the details,

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Picture credit: Engadget

One of the coolest new features of the Xbox One is its true HDMI in/out capability and that it features something called the OneGuide overlay. This is basically an always instant on connection to your TV programming whether you use a cable box or satellite. At first there is no confirmation on which providers Microsoft has contracted to work with, but the principal of the feature is thrilling. It will basically allow you to pull up interactive info in real-time on your programming and switch dynamically between TV and your other content. Here's a couple of snippets from the press release explaining these features further,

Source: http://www.xboxoneforums.net/forum/showthread.php?16-Full-Microsoft-XBox-One-Press-Release

Since the Xbox One announcement earlier today, new details are rapidly emerging tonight about some of the key questions and rumours that gamers have been concerned with. MCV reports that as far as the question of an always-on connection is concerned, in a post-event interview today, Microsoft’s Don Mattrick said that a permanent internet connection will not be required to play games, adding, “Gamers - we got your back,” which is somewhat reassuring! MCV also addressed the thorny issue of whether or not the Xbox One will block pre-owned games, as has also been rumoured, quoting Wired’s exclusive hands-on story on the new console, which says that all games must be installed onto the console in order to work, with each game being tied to the user’s Xbox Live account. If you want to install a game that has already been played on another Xbox One console, which could either be a used game, or a game that your friend has lent to you, you will have to pay a fee to do so. MCV also confirms that the Xbox One will not work unless Kinect is connected.

Source: mcvuk
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