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  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:18:51 PM
    Coming onto the stage now, Microsoft's Marc Whitten to show us some more demo.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:19:26 PM
    We're learning about "The magic and science," of the new Xbox. Whitten says the company has "future proofed" this system. That's a bold claim.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:19:50 PM
    Three investments in the new system, Whitten says. That includes console, input like kinect and controller, and cloud-powered Xbox Live.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:20:32 PM
    Raw power with 8GB of RAM in Xbox One. Blu-ray drive, and native 64-bit architecture, all while silent, Whitten says.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:20:42 PM
    Multiple power states too, which I think we'll hear more about later.
  • Jay Greene 5/21/2013 5:20:45 PM
    Some of the rumors are confirmed. The box will have Blu-ray, as well as HDMI in and out.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:20:52 PM
    In the centr: three operating systems in one.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:21:32 PM
    1) Xbox operating system, 2) Windows Kernel 3) connects these two operating systems for multitasking. "Only Microsoft and Xbox" could do this, he says.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:21:53 PM
    Whitten says the new Kinect sensor comes with every Xbox One.
  • Jay Greene 5/21/2013 5:22:01 PM
    Interesting that Microsoft put the Windows kernal into the new Xbox. That should make it easier for software developers to create apps for the console. I'm sure we'll learn more at the Build developer conference in San Francisco at the end of June.
  • Carrie Mihalcik 5/21/2013 5:22:05 PM

    Marc Whitten

  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:22:23 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:22:26 PM
    1080p HD RGB camera, 30 FPS color, and "time of flight" technology which speeds it up. 2GB/s of data. "This is rocket science level stuff," Whitten gushes.
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:22:54 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:23:22 PM
    Can now detect rotation of a wrist or shoulder, along with transfer of balance from one foot to another. It can even read your heartbeat.
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:23:31 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:23:33 PM
    That's not creepy, right?
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:23:55 PM
    40 design innovations in the new controller. Feedback can be felt right in the triggers.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:24:01 PM
    "Designed by gamers, for gamers."
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:24:03 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:24:26 PM
    Includes Smart Glass features, which has been downloaded 10M times on the Xbox 360.
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:24:39 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:25:03 PM
    New Kinect sensor links up everything, from the controller to tablets or smartphones running Smart Glass.
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:25:09 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:25:12 PM
    In other words, you're gonna need to keep it plugged in.
  • Jay Greene 5/21/2013 5:25:20 PM
    One of the benefits Microsoft brings is its R&D group. The company pumps billions of dollars into research and development. And that's from where Kinect and SmartGlass both emerged.
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:25:40 PM
    New Xbox Live is "built on Xbox One"
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:26:08 PM
    Xbox Live originally powered on 500 servers, jumped to 3,000 for the 360. Now it will use more than 300,000 servers for the XBOX One.
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:26:12 PM
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:26:53 PM

    Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE

  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:26:55 PM
    All those extra servers puts music, games, saves in the cloud. That includes recording games, and built in editing controls to make game clips.
  • James Martin 5/21/2013 5:27:19 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 5/21/2013 5:27:21 PM
    Microsoft is also rejiggering matchmaking and achievements as part of Live.
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