Later this year, a new video game console will join Nintendo’s Wii U and Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 in the battle for living room digital supremacy. Microsoft last week revealed the Xbox One, its successor to the nearly 8-year-old Xbox 360.
Microsoft has yet to reveal a release date or a price for its new black box but promises the Xbox One will be available later this year and that more details will be given at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles next month.
The Xbox One will include a Blu-ray drive, a 500-gigabyte hard drive and more powerful graphical processing power made by AMD Inc. In its unveiling, Microsoft emphasized video and multitasking features even above showing off a new generation of video games. A redesigned Xbox Kinect sensor will more accurately respond to voices and gestures, and the console itself will be designed for fast multitasking, Microsoft said. That will include watching online video and live TV, surfing the Web, using HD-quality Skype for group chats and playing games.
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