Major Nelson Unboxes The Xbox One, Which Comes With Headset And Battery Powered Controller

on August 8, 2013 11:10 AM

Have you been impressed by the Xbox One? Dreaming about the moment you can tear that box apart and have your first go at Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport, or Ryse: Son of Rome or Killer Instinct?

Well, thanks to Xbox Wire, we can get a peek at what you’ll experience, with Major Nelson himself unveiling the contents of the Xbox One’s Launch Day components.

In the video, which you can view below, you’ll find the following, as detailed by Albert Penello, the director of product planning for the Xbox One:

  • The Xbox One console is state of the art – a 500GB hard drive, slot load Blu-ray drive, IR blaster port, HDMI input and output connectors, a S/PDIF interface, new Kinect sensor port, three USB 3.0 Super Speed ports, Wired and Wireless network support and a Kensington Security Slot.
  • The all new Kinect has improved gesture and voice control, 1080p color HD camera for video with Skype and a greater field of view. On-board sensors improve fidelity of the depth-sensing and low-light visibility, along with a four microphone array and IR blasting capability.
  • The Xbox One controller offers over 40 design improvements, including a redesigned D-pad for accuracy, redesigned thumb sticks for better grip and control, new menu and view buttons, redesigned triggers and bumpers for accuracy and comfort, as well as exclusive impulse triggers for haptic feedback.
  • The new integrated battery compartment on the Xbox One controller blends seamlessly into the back, offering better comfort. You can play wirelessly with standard AA or rechargeable AA batteries, or via the standard micro USB port for wired gameplay. The micro USB cable will charge the batteries if you are using the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit (it will not charge generic rechargeable AA batteries).
  • The chat on Xbox One offers 3x the sampling rate of the Xbox 360. The quality of the Xbox One Chat Headset speaker and microphone have been upgraded to take advantage of the much improved audio quality. It’s also super lightweight-only 44g-with a padded earpiece that can be worn on either your left or right ear, and a bendable, rotating mic boom. You can control mute and volume without taking your hands off the controller.

It’s nice to know that Microsoft took back their earlier statement that there would be no headset included, although I’m surprised the controllers are still using battery packs, and that “generic” rechargeable AA batteries cannot be recharged with their micro USB cable. It should also be noted that in the video, Nelson says the Kinect will work in “most” rooms.

For more details on the Day One edition, check out the Xbox Wire’s Xbox One Unboxing page; and let us know what you think in the comments below!

 

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Born and raised in video games and "geek culture," Masoud has been bred off of fantasy worlds his entire life and doesn't see anything wrong with that. He loves RPGs (especially TRPGs), sandbox games, the sci-fi genre, dieselpunk, art deco, and anything that allows him to create. Having graduated from John Jay College with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing, Masoud hopes to one day pen the same novels, comics, movies, and video games he enjoys escaping into when the real world gets too boring.