Xbox One is a video game console developed and marketed by Microsoft. It is the successor to the Xbox 360 and is the third console in the Xbox family. Microsoft and various publications have classified the device as an “all-in-one entertainment system”, making it a competitor to other home media devices such as the Apple TV and the Google TV platforms. Xbox One places an increased emphasis on entertainment integration, offering the ability to overlay live television programming from an existing set-top box, split-screen multitasking of applications, and improved second screen support.
Microsoft is emphasizing the Kinect’s integration with Xbox One through features such as a built-in Skype client for videoconferencing, user recognition and tracking, and the ability to use voice commands and gestures to navigate the console’s user interface. Xbox One’s exterior casing consists of a two-tone “liquid black” finish; with half finished in a matte grey, and the other in a glossier black. The design was intended to evoke a more entertainment-oriented and simplified look than previous iterations of the console; among other changes, the LED rings used by Xbox 360 are replaced by a glowing white Xbox logo used to communicate the system’s status to the user.
Xbox One supports 4K resolution (3840×2160) (2160p) video output and 7.1 surround sound. Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy for Microsoft, has stated that there is no hardware restriction that would prevent games from running at 4K resolution. Xbox One supports HDMI 1.4 for both input and output, and does not support composite or component video. The device will run three operating systems: Xbox OS, an OS based on the Windows kernel.