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Xbox One Controller Audio Port: Incompatible With Current Headsets?

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Microsoft’s Xbox One console has brought many advances in terms of technology to the current version. While many feel somewhat cheated by Microsoft, in the sense that the new console didn’t bring as many gaming-oriented upgrades as users would have wanted, the Xbox One still has some awesome features.

One of them is the redesigned controller, that has a much nicer look and feel. One detail of the Xbox One controller has left everyone to believe that the device will not be compatible with old generation devices.

Is Microsoft doing the same thing Apple did?

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As most of you remember, Apple introduced the Lightning connector to its new devices, which replaced the old 30 pin port. The same seems to be happening to the Microsoft Xbox One controller, where users used to plug the chat cable. The new design is a proprietary Microsoft design, which will force manufacturers to adhere to the terms that Microsoft forces, in order to keep developing the products.

What this means for the users is that the Xbox One compatible headsets will most likely cost more than what they used to. This is yet another blow to the gaming community that will own the Xbox One. However, all is not lost, as third-party manufacturers, and probably even Microsoft, will most likely develop an adaptor that will provide backwards compatibility for older generation chat headsets.

The new port might actually give Xbox One users a better audio experience, but for the moment, we don’t have enough information to go on. Nevertheless, the new generation of Xbox One headsets will probably be superior in audio quality to the present ones. The new port will supposedly be able to support stereo audio in the hopes that the Xbox One controller will deliver the game audio directly.

If this is true, Xbox One headsets will become more like PC headsets, in the sense that they will be able to deliver virtualized directional communications, which will allow players to hear nearby enemies. Microsoft didn’t have much to share on this topic, resuming only to:

We are working with 3rd party headset manufacturers to create new headsets that will take full advantage of the Xbox One technology

We hope to hear more about Xbox One headsets in the future, probably at E3, from both Microsoft and third party manufacturers.

Image credit: The Verge

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Unveiling The Xbox One Hardware Details

Processor and Graphics: The Xbox One will be powered by an 8-core AMD CPU that is custom built for the Xbox One hardware. The processor core has been developed using a 28nm technology to minimize heat and power consumption used, but will require more power  then is predecessor the Xbox 360.  The graphics processing unit (GPU) will incorporate a DirectX 11.1 capable GPU with 32mb of ESRAM memory.

Storage and Media: Xbox One hardware will use a 500GB Hard-Drive and use a Blu-ray/DVD combo drive that is similar to the Playstaton 3.

Memory (RAM): The Xbox One will use 8GB of DDR3.

Network/Video Connection: Gigabit Ethernet port, USB3 and HDMI 1.4 standard.

Operating System: XBOX OS for Games. Custom Windows 8 version for other tasks such as Skype and apps downloaded from the XBOX Store.

New Features To Xbox One Controller

A Shiny New Xbox One Controller


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With the new console release, comes a brand new Xbox One controller.  Many of the buttons you may be able to recognise, however there are some slight changes to the newly built controller.  Microsoft has recently released some information about the new buttons on the controller and how it will operate. Where Start and Back appeared on Xbox 360, these buttons are now named “Menu” and View.”

“The Menu button (on the right) will bring up context-specific menus which game and app developers can design to enhance the user experience,” Microsoft told IGN. “The Menu button could be used in scenarios such as bringing up in-game menus, showing video playback options, and accessing commands on the console’s user interface.”

The View button, meanwhile, “will change views or provide more information in games and apps. The function of the View button will be driven by developers. Possible uses of the View button include viewing a map during a role playing game, displaying a leaderboard in a first person shooter, and enhancing the navigation of the console’s user interface.”

(resource: IGN.com)

So essentially it would seem that this new Xbox One controller has the same functionality of the older one, with some revamped names of two key buttons.  The start button usually always brings up your menu system in most games; and well where the back button used to be, it appears that it may get even more use now with a new name.

I’m sure there’s more to come soon.

First Post! Xbox One News, Information and more!

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Welcome to Xbox One Gamers!

With the new upcoming launch of the Xbox One console, I have decided to put together a site dedicated to all the news associated with this entertainment system.  This will now be the third generation of Xbox to be released for sale across the world.

The site will soon be set up for content submission from users once I get it coded into this, and will soon become a centric hub for everything Xbox One related.

Enjoy!

GameTrailers.com Xbox One vs. PS4 Console Comparison

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We look at just the facts in this spec for spec breakdown between Microsoft and Sony’s contending next-gen consoles.

Wolfenstein: The New Order The New Narrative

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Wolfenstein is reborn! Get a glimpse of what’s to come for the franchise in this E3 Countdown Interview with Creative Director Jens Matthies.

Xbox One Price: How Much Will it be?

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If you’ve followed the recent news surrounding the new Microsoft console, Xbox One, you might know that there were a few speculations about the price of the device, and some retailers have already started taking pre-orders. But what would be the price of the device in the end?

As you all know, a few days ago, Microsoft announced their news Xbox One console, but they didn’t say anything about the price and release date of the device. These details will most probably surface this year, at E3. However, this didn’t stop retailers to speculate about the price.

What prices did we see so far

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After doing some digging, we found many that seem to know what the price of the Xbox One will be. The news traveled like wildfire around the web, and now, you can find it on a number of websites for pre-order. Let’s take a look at some of the figures we’ve seen.

GameStop predicted that the Xbox One will be released at a lower price than the previous generation console, the Xbox 360. The last generation started at $299.99 for the standard edition, or at $399.99 for the 20GB Xbox 360 Pro.

If this rumor is true, then the device will probably come at around $250 – $300. While these figures would make everyone happy, many have their doubts about them, saying that this would be way to cheap for the Xbox One.

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A UK retailer, Zavvi also put a price on the Xbox One, and is now taking pre-orders for the price of £399, which relates to around $600. Some think that this is a more likely scenario, taking to account the features that the device has.

Another price for the device comes from Amazon Germany, where someone has posted a Xbox one for €599, which is about $770. Even with all the technology and horsepower under the hood of the Xbox One, most people doubt that the console will cost this much.

As you can see, the prices are all over the map. Starting from as little as approximately $250 and all the way up to $770. What does this mean? If you ask me, this means that no one has a real idea of what the Xbox One will cost, and at this point, these prices are only rumours. While the price will definitely be within this interval, making the correct assumption has more to do with luck at the moment.

Based on what we’ve seen so far, and taking into account the usual prices that new devices have, I’d say the Xbox One’s price will be around $350-$400. This price is right in the sweet spot of the figures we’ve seen so far, making it somewhat affordable for most, but not cheaper than the last generation of consoles. This being said, I can’t say for sure that the Xbox One will not cost $600, as surprises can always appear.

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Turtle Beach and Microsoft Strike Deal for Xbox One Headset

I really couldn’t be more excited for the Xbox One. But I sure got more excited when I found out from Pocket-Lint that Turtle Beach (makers of the best headsets for gaming) and Microsoft have struck up some kind of agreement to allow Turtle Beach to have exclusive rights to use Xbox One wireless technology.

With the Xbox 360, MadCatz had the exclusive rights and used those rights to make the Tritton Warhead. Which was a pretty good headset. I preferred the options and the clarity of the Turtle Beach XP500. The nice feature of the Warhead not needing to have a connection to the controller could have given it a slight advantage if it fit better on my head. Also, the sound quality doesn’t even compare to any Turtle Beach headset.

So, it is going to be nice to have the quality sound experience and the lack of an adaptor attached to the controller for voice chat.

Speaking of voice chat, Polygon is reporting that Skype will help with the Xbox One’s voice chat. A Microsoft representative wrote to Polygon saying

In-Game Chat, Party Chat and Skype are all available on Xbox One. Skype technologies are used in Xbox One which improves voice quality during multiplayer game sessions. Skype can also be used to call any of your Skype contacts for voice or video chat exclusively or while playing a game. Additionally, we have improved the Kinect hardware, from microphone configuration to dedicated audio processing, which contributes to providing a high-quality voice experience whether you are chatting in a game or through Skype.”

A little conjecture from me, but maybe the acquisition of Skype back in 2011 was made in some part for this reason. I know they have rolled messenger into Skype and everything but that hasn’t done much for Microsoft. Leveraging Skype in the Xbox One’s voice communications and the thousands of servers that will power Xbox One seems to be a more effective use for the acquired technology.

Now, with Turtle Beach supplying the headsets and accessories and Microsoft rolling Skype into Xbox Live, how can one not be excited about playing Call Of Duty: Gosts on Xbox One.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One)

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Call of Duty: Ghosts is the 10th first person shooter game in the COD series, and the 6th one developed by Infinity Ward. It’ll be the first title of the Call of Duty series to hit the next-gen Xbox console.

Call of Duty Ghosts Details

Developer: Infinity Ward
Publisher: Activision
Series: Call of Duty
Engine: IW engine
Release date: November 5, 2013
Genre: First-person shooter
Mode(s): Single-player, multiplayer

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Details come to light on Xbox One plans for pre-owned games

This afternoon details have emerged on the plans for pre-owned Xbox One games, MCV has reported.

Microsoft have been reluctant to give away any specifics on how the secondary market will work, saying only that there will be a system of some description that allows for the trading of games at point of retail.

New information has come to light however from MCV’s retail sources that this week Microsoft briefed key retailers on how it will work.

Reportedly, retailers intending to sell pre-owned games will need to first agree to some specific Microsoft T&Cs. Then, they will be allowed to sell them at whatever price they wish – however both the publisher and Microsoft will receive a cut.

As a result of this news, already major US game retailer GameStop has experienced a 7.28% fall in share prices today to $33.39*, as belief mounts that this move will impact sales.

Already the revelation that loaned games will require a fee to be played on a new account has been met with a serious backlash – expect some new comments from Microsoft shortly to manage the situation.

*figure correct at time of writing

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