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Microsoft says that Xbox One is not just a replacement for Xbox 360. It's a "home entertainment hub" for games, TV, web browsing and Skype calls.
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Microsoft reveals Xbox One
First of all, Microsoft's new Xbox is not named Xbox 720 as many people were expecting. Instead it's Xbox One.
Secondly, although it looks a bit like the old Xbox, it is very different – so different that you can't play any of the Xbox 360 games that you bought over the past few years. That's right. It's not backward compatible.
It's also not just a gaming system. It's a "home entertainment hub," Xbox developers say – or, as Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, put it yesterday: "Today, we put you at the center of a new generation in the living room."
He was speaking at the Xbox One official launch presentation at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
The new Xbox One is shown to the media at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington yesterday. AFP
The console's new hardware and software allows for instant switching between games, television, and Internet browsing, Mattrick said. Skype, purchased by Microsoft two years ago for $8.5 billion, was also integrated for online video calls.
Xbox One will recognise you and understand what you tell it to do, say Microsoft executives. Its highly-refined Kinect motion system will respond instantly to the motions of you and your friends –in some cases, four, or possibly more, of you can play at the same time in the same room.
"This is the beginning of a new generation of games and entertainment and a new generation of smart TV," said Microsoft entertainment unit executive Yusuf Mehdi.
Xbox One consoles, with 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 500 GB hard disk, will be released later this year, according to Mattrick, who did not disclose pricing details.
Story contains information from AFP.
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reveal – to let something become known เปิดเผย
backward compatible – of a new product that is able to use products and systems developed for an earlier version of the product, e.g., games developed for an older computer gaming system
hub – the central and most important part of a particular place or activity จุดศูนย์กลาง, จุดรวม
interactive – of a system or computer program which is designed to involve the user in the exchange of information ซึ่งมีการสื่อสารระหว่างกัน
generation – a group of people in society, a type of technology, a system, etc. which exists at a certain time รุ่น
launch – an event held to announce or start selling a new product or service to the public การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า, การเริ่มวางขาย
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices กองบัญชาการ
media – radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group สื่อ
console – a flat surface which contains all the controls and switches for a machine, a piece of electronic equipment, etc. แผงควบคุม, แผงควบคุมเกม
instant – immediate ทันที
switch – to change เปลี่ยน
integrated – combining things of different types in one effective system ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน
recognise – to know who a person is or what something is จำได้ รู้จัก
refine – to improve something by making small changes to it ทำให้ดีขึ้น
motion – movement การเคลื่อนไหว
release – to make something available to the public ออกวางตลาด, ออกวางจำหน่าย
disclose – to give information to people เปิดเผย