The Xbox One hits stores this Friday. It comes with an upgraded version of the Kinect and the system will set you back $499.99. The new Kinect lets you use a variety of gestures and voice commands, including simply saying "Xbox On" to start the console.
Most of this year's big releases will be available at launch. If you've already bought the Xbox 360 versions of "Call of Duty: Ghosts", "Battlefield 4", "FIFA 14", "Madden 25", and "Assassin's Creed IV", you can upgrade them to the new version for $9.99.
The new Xbox One-exclusive titles available at launch are "Dead Rising 3", "Forza 5", "Ryse: Son of Rome", and the Kinect fighting game, "Fighter Within".
You'll also be able to find Xbox One versions of "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes", "Just Dance 2014", "Need for Speed Rivals", "Skylanders: Swap Force", and "NBA 2K14".
This new console finally includes a Blu-ray player, plus you can hook your cable box to it and watch TV without switching inputs even if the internet connection goes out
Despite what we'd previously heard, the Xbox One will NOT restrict your ability to share discs with your friends. You'll be able to buy, sell, trade, or download games digitally just like you can on Xbox 360 with no restrictions.
One of the cool new features is that you can now "snap" two apps to either side of the screen . . . meaning you can watch a movie while waiting in a lobby for a multiplayer game to start or browse the web without having to pause your TV show.
Xbox has also partnered with the NFL, so you can watch broadcasts with instantly updated fantasy stats, while taunting your friends on Skype at the same time.
The Xbox One takes full advantage of cloud storage. All your game progress is stored online in the cloud . . . there's a game DVR to record your gaming sessions . . . and you won't have to wait to download any game patches or system updates anymore.
(This Xbox One fact sheet
covers every new detail about the new console)