Xbox One

The Xbox One is Microsoft's third video game console. It was released on November 22nd 2013 in 13 countries.


The Xbox One is Microsoft's third home console. It was officially unveiled on May 21, 2013.

Xbox Live

The next generation of Xbox Live made its debut with the Xbox One. Confirmed features include an expanded Friends List of over 1000 players — up from the Xbox 360's 100. Xbox Live will be compatible across the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, including support for cross-generation chat. Existing subscriptions will carry forward, and will be usable on both systems.

Xbox Reveal

On April 24, 2013, Microsoft announced they would hold an event hosted by Don Mattrick on May 21, 2013 at their home office in Redmond, Washington to reveal the new generation of Xbox.

Microsoft's Director of Programming for Xbox Live, Larry Hryb, commented that the Xbox Reveal event would focus on the hardware and features of the system, while most of the major game announcements would be presented at E3 2013, less than three weeks later.


System Specs

  • 8 Core CPU clocked at 1.75GHZ
  • 8GB Memory
  • 500GB HDD
  • Blu-Ray Drive
  • 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi direct
  • HDMI In/Out
  • USB 3.0

All SKU's - release data

Xbox OneXbox One SXbox One X
Release DateNovember 22, 2013August 2, 2016November 7, 2017
Release Price

$499 / £429 / AU$549

500GB - $299 / £249 / AU$399

1TB - $349 / £299 / AU$499

2TB - $399 / £349 / AU$549

$499 / £450 / AU$649
Weight (approx.)7.8 pounds / 3.5 kg6.4 pounds / 2.9 kg8.4 pounds / 3.81 kg


(L × W × H)

13.1 x 10.8 x 3.1 inches

33.3 x 27.4 x 7.9 cm

11.6 x 8.9 x 2.5 inches

29.2 x 22.9 x 6.35 cm

11.81 x 9.45 x 2.36 in

30 x 24 x 6 cm

Storage500GB @ 5400 rpm500GB / 1TB / 2TB @ 5400 rpm1TB @ 5400 rpm

1080P - Games

4K - Video playback

HDR SupportNo


Kinect compatibleYesYes - requires adapterYes - requires adapter
ControllerWi-Fi DirectBluetoothBluetooth
Optical DriveBlu-ray4K HDR Blu-ray4K HDR Blu-ray
Power SupplyExternalInternalInternal
HDMIHDMI 1.4 in/outHDMI 2.0a in/outHDMI 2.1 in/out
USB Ports3 - USB 3.0 (1 side / 2 back)3 - USB 3.0 (1 front / 2 back)3 - USB 3.0 (1 front / 2 back)


The new controller is similar to the design of the Xbox 360 controller with some slight alterations. The controller features area specific rumble feedback at the triggers (one motor per side), in addition to the two "normal" rumble motors as used in the 360s controller.

The D-pad has been changed to the cross designed as Nintendo's patent has expired in 2005.

The two face buttons on the Xbox One (back and start on the Xbox 360) are functioned as view and menu.


The Xbox One originally came bundled with version 2 of the Kinect sensor. The sensor features a 1080p camera, a time-of-flight depth camera, and an array of microphones. Originally, the new Kinect had to be connected to the Xbox One at all times for the console to function. It was later revealed by Marc Whitten that the system would work without the Kinect, but certain features would be disabled (such as turning off your TV), as the TV integrations would not work without the Kinect's infrared interface. The Xbox One S, a mid-cycle upgrade for the Xbox One, launched on August 2nd, 2016 and has a built-in infrared interface, bringing the TV functionality back to the console without requiring the Kinect.

The Kinect sensor motors have been removed and the field of view increased to detect users 3 feet away from the sensor. The increased tracking resolution allows the sensor to detect your heartbeat, facial expressions, fingers, weight on joints, and movement speed.

On June 9, 2014, a cheaper Xbox One version was introduced, which does not include the Kinect.

To use the Kinect sensor on either the Xbox One S or X models requires an additionally purchased adapter. The reason being is the proprietary Kinect port was removed on the back of the Xbox One S and X models to save on space and price as the console becomes smaller.


Heavily media based, the new Dashboard includes features such as Snap screen (though this feature is being removed in 2017), existing voice commands and new gestures based on the Kinect. A "trending" feature is in place to allow users to see the most popular content in use by other users, and to allow for more tailor-made media and gaming consumption. A Pin system, similar in look and feel to Microsoft's Windows operating system, was added to allow users to select games or apps to appear on the home dashboard for quick access.

Launch Lineup

The Xbox One launched with the following titles:

  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dead Rising 3
  • FIFA 14
  • Fighter Within
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Killer Instinct
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
  • LocoCycle
  • Madden NFL 25
  • NBA 2K14
  • NBA LIVE 14
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
  • Skylanders: SWAP Force
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party

Xbox One games