The next-gen gaming console from Microsoft and the successor to the Microsoft Xbox 360 has finally been announced. This new console is nether the Xbox 720 nor Xbox Infinity, instead the company has decided to go with something very plain and simple, Xbox One.
The next-gen Microsoft Xbox One is here and it also means that the rumors about the name of the device have failed. This next-gen console is actually an ‘all-in-one home entertainment system’ not just a hardcore gaming console. In fact, Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business said that the Xbox One was “the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system.” Apart from gaming , the console focuses on entertainment and lifestyle as well.
“Today we put you at the center of a new generation in the living room – where your games look and feel like nothing else, where your TV becomes more intelligent, where all of your entertainment comes alive in one place,” he said.
On the other hand, Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios, said the company has plans to release 15 exclusive games within a year of the console’s launch, 8 out of these 15 will be new franchises. Microsoft is focusing on exclusive games that will favor the Xbox One.
“To jump-start this new generation of development, Microsoft Studios is investing more than ever in studios around the world to create new and original [intellectual property] for Xbox One. In fact, we have more titles in development now than at any other time in Xbox history,” he said.
There is one thing that Xbox 360 owners will have to sacrifice if they want to move on to the Xbox One. And that one thing is your Xbox 360. The reason for that is because Microsoft Xbox One will not have ‘backward compatibility’ and hence the console will not be able to run Xbox 360 games.
Well, if you really love your Xbox 360, then you can always keep it and play Xbox 360 games on that console. But I wonder if you will want to continue playing on your Xbox 360 once you get your hands on Xbox One.
A Microsoft representative also confirmed the news as he said, “We care very much about the investment people have made in Xbox 360 and will continue to support it with a pipeline of new games and new apps well into the future, [but the Xbox One is designed] to play an entirely new generation of games – games that are architected to take full advantage of state-of-the-art processors and the infinite power of the cloud.”