CNET News Video: Xbox One and its all-new hardware
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CNET News Video: Xbox One and its all-new hardware

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Microsoft details the new Xbox One system specs, which include an octa-core processor, 8GB RAM, Blu-ray, a 500GB hard drive, HDMI input and output, USB 3.0 connectivity, and 802.11n Wi-Fi support.

Today, so, starting with our system, it's connected and ready. It's an elegant design that meets the needs of the new generation. The heart of that system is raw power. From 500 million transistors and 512 megs of RAM in the Xbox 360 to over 5 billion transistors and 8 gigabytes of RAM in Xbox One. USB 3.0, Wi-Fi direct, a Blu-Ray drive, a native 64-bit architecture, and variable power states, all while delivering practically silent operation. This is a modern powerful box engineered to deliver now and well into the future. But it's how we marshal that power, how we create the system that works to deliver the world's greatest games and provides the flexibility to power entirely new, connected experiences. To do this, we've brought technology from across Microsoft to create an industry first. The soul of the new system is the Xbox One architecture. Three operating systems in one. The first is the best of our Xbox operating system, made even better by providing deep and instant access to the hardware so that creators have no limits in harnessing the power of Xbox One for cinematic realism. The second is the kernel of Windows, providing consistent access to Web-powered applications and experiences. Flexible, powerful, simple. The third connects these two operating systems to create instant switching, multitasking, and effortless control. Only Microsoft and Xbox could bring this level of power, performance, and sophistication to the living room. And it changes everything. The Xbox One architecture enables the new experiences that you just saw from Yusuf. There's no waiting. You can switch to your game like it's a TV channel flip. You can snap Internet Explorer and the New Star Trek movie. But how did the TV know Yusuf and react to his voice? We're bringing a new Kinect sensor paired with every Xbox One which puts you at the center of your entertainment. Kinect is completely redesigned to respond instantly to you, your voice, and your gestures. Voice is now more conversational. It's faster and it supports the entire family. And our new, proprietary Time-of-Flight measures the time, about 13 billionths of a second, that it takes individual photons to bounce off of you to create unprecedented accuracy and precision, over 2 gigabits of data per second to understand your world. This is rocket-science level stuff. Games and applications will create new experiences like you've never seen before.

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