Microsoft's Xbox One was announced at a Microsoft event on May 21, 2013. The Xbox One is the third in the Xbox line of consoles, and faces competition from Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U. Kinect is now a required feature of the Xbox One. The Xbox One features live TV integration. Users can use voice commands to switch between games, movies and live TV on-the-fly using Kinect. Using "Snap Mode" users can browse the internet on one portion of their screen, with a movie playing on the other portion. Kinect hand gestures can open or close these "snap points." Xbox One is not backward compatible with Xbox 360 games, but Achievements and GamerScores will carry over to the new console. Xbox One Controller At a glance, the Xbox One Controller quite similar to the Xbox 360's controller, with a different handle contour, but with off-set analog sticks, the A, B, X and Y face buttons, a directional pad, and two buttons where Start and Back were. Microsoft told us that the Menu button, located on the right, will bring up specific menus with developers can use to enhance the user experience. It could be used for bringing up in-game menus, displaying options for video playback, and accessing commands on the Xbox One's user interface. Meanwhile, the View button will change views or provide more information in game and in apps. The function will be driven by devs. Possible uses could include viewing a map in an RPG, displaying a leaderboard, and enhancing user interface navigation. Xbox One Specs The Xbox One system includes 8GB of RAM, an 8-Core CPU, a 500GB hard drive, a Blu-ray drive, HDMI in and out ports, USB 3.0, 802.11n wireless, and more. It also includes a new version of the Kinect sensor. List of Confirmed Xbox One Games These games were confirmed to be next-gen Xbox games at the Xbox announcement on May 21, 2013. At the Xbox One announcement Microsoft claimed to have 15 Xbox One exclusive games in its first year, with 8 of those being new franchises. Assassin's Creed 4 Battlefield 4 Call of Duty: Ghosts Destiny Dying Light FIFA Soccer 14 Forza Motorsport 5 Madden 25 NBA Live 14 Need for Speed Rivals Quantum Break Ryse Thief EA Sports UFC Watch Dogs Xbox One Release Date The Xbox One Release Date has yet to be revealed, but Microsoft has announced, at the Xbox One Reveal Event on May 21st, 2013, that the next generation Xbox, the Xbox One, will be released in 2013. At this point no additional information is being given. Xbox One US Release Date: TBA 2013 Xbox One European Release Date: TBA 2013 Xbox One Australian Release Date: TBA 2013 Possible Release Date One of the Xbox One's confirmed games, Call of Duty: Ghosts, has a release date of November 5, 2013, which could potentially place the Xbox One release date on or before this time. However, in previous console launches, games have been released before actual console release. Xbox One Price and Bundles Details on the Xbox One Price and Bundles have yet to be announced. They will be posted here when more information is known. It is confirmed that Xbox Live will still be a subscription service, however. Kinect One. Microsoft has revealed the next-generation Kinect sensor for its newly announced Xbox One. The new Kinect will have "wake with voice" for the Xbox console. It will have a 1080p camera compared to the VGA sensor on the original Kinect. The new motion controller would process 2 gigabits of data per second to accurately read its environment. Although not mentioned in the conference, Xbox's UK marketing director Harvey Eagle said that the "Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes,". When asked if the Xbox One will accommodate people who perhaps play in their bedroom rather than their living room, Eagle replied: "Yes, absolutely. We use the living room almost as a moniker - that's where we assume the best screen is in the house. But if you like to play in any other room in the house, the Xbox One will deliver the same quality of experience whatever the environment." It should be mentioned that the Kinect is not going to be required for all games, just the ones that the developers want to use the hardware for. The Kinect 2 will also feature a wider view, so players do not have to be as far from the TV as before. The Kinect 2 will also feature 1:1 movement ratio with little to no lag.