Xbox One Console

Xbox One Console

XBOX ONE, COMING SOON!

If you’re like everyone else and their mother, you’ve been eagerly anticipating Microsoft’s release of the successor to the wildly popular Xbox 360, the Xbox One. Last week, the company announced some of its highlights, but no exact release date just yet (surprise, surprise). Here’s what we do know…

In case you’re wondering why it’s called the “One” when it’s actually the third console to be released, the answer is simple. It will literally house all the entertainment your living room could ever need, all in ONE incredible console. The Xbox One will feature three operating systems in one, so you can game, watch live TV (and Skype chat with your friends while you do it) or listen to music seamlessly, plus its ridiculously reactive technology will satisfy your every whim in an instant. Say you want to switch from gaming to TV. Just say the word. Literally. The Xbox one responds to your voice, seamlessly switching from one input to another with commands like, “Xbox, game,” or “Go to music,” or “Watch TV.” Every console comes with Kinect, so it can naturally respond not only to your voice, but your movements and gestures as well.

Your One will get to know you, and will then customize your personal home screen to reflect what you like.And of course, there are the games. Microsoft has promised 15 exclusive games within the first year of Xbox One. Plus, since it’s powered by the cloud, you’ll never have to download another game update again. As they say in their new TV spot, Microsoft wants you to have a relationship with your TV. With a console as accommodating as this one, this is one relationship that really could be “the One.”

Microsoft Lifecam Studio

Microsoft Lifecam Studio

Small Screen Star

Remember when you were discovered as an actor/model a few years ago? You happened to be stopping a robbery at your local corner store when the security camera caught your smile right after you punched the armed robber. To you it was just instinct, but to the world, a star was born. So knowing this and the fact that all cameras love you, we thought you really needed to hear about the Microsoft LifeCam Studio ($77.00). This HD 1080p video camera for your computer delivers a picture so clear that any screenshot of a Skype conversation with you will become billboard worthy. The sound capture from the top-mounted microphone is remarkable and if you download the HD supporting app you can get a 16:9 picture ratio that brings online chatting to a whole new cinematic level. So grab yourself one of these and get ready to take the world over one small screen at a time.

Xbox 720

Xbox 720

Countdown To Xbox 720

Most awesome things in life have codenames. Agent 007. Project Argo. Smooth Parmeseany (that’s what all the girls in your high school called you). The Xbox 720 is no different. According to some reports, the new console is code-named Xbox Infinity or Xbox Loop, and like anything else worthy of a codename, rumors about it are swirling. Leaks have reported that the Xbox 720 will feature “an eight-core x64 1.6GHz CPU from AMD that makes it three times as powerful as the 360, and will be available to consumers in two configurations: a 320 GB “Arcade” model and a 500 GB “Pro” edition.” Other leaked documents claim that Microsoft wants to position the new console as a complete living room entertainment device, with 1080p 3D support, Blu-ray player and a AMD 7000 series multi-GPU. And that it will feature an improved an enhanced Microsoft Kinect gesture-control system. Sounds pretty awesome.

But not all the rumors are good ones. As far as pricing goes, some reports claim that game prices will rise to $70, the system itself will cost $500, plus a $300 annual subscription fee. Yowzers. Beyond that, murmurs claim the Kinect 2.0 will limit the amount of DVD’s you watch with friends, require an always-on Internet connection, and maybe worst of all, won’t be backwards compatible with the games you already own. Yowzers again. So when will the rumors be put to rest and the Xbox 720 finally hit the shelves? Again, there are many dates floating around in cyberspace about the release date, with some guessing a release in time for the 2013 holiday season, and others projecting Spring 2014. Sigh. With such unreliable sources, you’re going to have to infiltrate Microsoft itself to learn the truth. But do us a favor, and let us know, ok? The suspense is killing us.

Microsoft Surface 2

Microsoft Surface 2

“Minority Report?” It’s Kinda Like That

Why put photos ON the coffee table, when you can put photos IN the coffee table? Microsoft’s Surface 2 is just 4 inches thick, but boasts a 40-inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 that lets you gather round with friends and play games, view photos and interact with everything just by touch—no mouse or keyboard needed. In addition to your friends, the Microsoft Surface 2 ($7,600) can interact with your other toys too. For example, if you place a digital camera on the table you can upload to your favorite social media site. Looks like you’re gonna have to find someplace else to put your White Mocha Latte.