Xbox One Pricing, Release, and New Features Detailed
Much can be said about Microsoft’s E3 press conference earlier today. The difference between their Xbox One reveal last month and today’s presser was undeniable. Among the important announcements, a few details hold fast as the most important to those interested in Microsoft’s upcoming console.
First and foremost, the Xbox One finally has a price – something that was missing from the previous system debut. At $499, the Xbox One’s moderately price tag will make it affordable to gamers in all 21 of the countries Microsoft will release the console in come November.
The intriguing premise of Microsoft’s SmartGlass app was also expanded upon during today’s conference. During a demo for the upcoming Crytek game, Ryse: Son of Rome, details on how to use SmartGlass via a tablet allowed gamers to stream information in real time, start up single players games, create multiplayer matches, and even purchase in-game DLC. Additional features such as gameplay tips and online leaderboards being visible with the SmartGlass were announced, proving that Microsoft sees a lot of potential in the application.
Following the innovative idea of the SmartGlass, Microsoft debuted the Xbox One Upload Studio. The Upload Studio is essentially a one stop, integrated editing tool for the Xbox One. With the Upload Studio, players will be able to edit and share videos to their hearts content, all from within the framework of the Xbox One. Microsoft also mentioned the addition of an in-game DVR system tied to the Upload Studio. The DVR will allow for in-game recording sessions of games, though details on how this will work are still scarce.
Lastly, Microsoft also announced that Microsoft Points are no more. The company is ditching the guestimation system that has been long associated with converting monetary amounts to Microsoft’s currency. From now on, Microsoft will base their online store pricing around a user’s locally currency – much to the relief of users around the globe.
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