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The Xbox One is a video game console developed and marketed by Microsoft. It was announced on May 21, 2013 and is the successor to the Xbox 360. The Xbox One was the first console part of the third generation of Xbox consoles.

The Xbox One was released across North America, several European markets, Australia, and New Zealand on November 22, 2013. It was also the first Xbox video game console to be released in China, specifically in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone.

The console included many new features and changes, including Kinect 2.0 and a newly designed controller. The console's introductory price was $499.99/€499.99/£429.99. A bundle not including the Kinect was released a year later on June 9, 2014, at a more affordable price of $399/£349/€399.

Unlike the Xbox 360, the Xbox One did not launch with backward compatibility for previous generations of Xbox. It wasn't until E3 2015, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would soon support backward compatibility, allowing select Xbox 360 games to run from both hard-drive and disc. In 2017, select original Xbox games were also added to this program. The backwards compatibility program was supported up until mid 2019, when the program was paused, so work could be shifted to the then upcoming Xbox Series X.

Initially, the Xbox One launched with a 500 GB hard drive. However, in 2014, a new bundle was released that included a 1TB Xbox One with a matte black finish, rather than the full gloss that was used on other consoles. The bundle also included an updated controller model that added a 3.5 mm headphone jack and ability to wirelessly update the controller. The new controller model became the standard for all Xbox One consoles until it was succeeded by the 2016 model that added Bluetooth support and other minor changes.

In 2017, the Xbox One was discontinued as it had been succeeded by more affordable and powerful variants. In 2020, the Xbox One generation of consoles was succeeded by the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S that boasted more power and compatibility options when compared to its predecessor.


Codenamed Durango during development, the console was officially unveiled as the Xbox One to the public on May 21, 2013. The console was presented as an all in one home entertainment device, hence the name Xbox One. The original announcement event focused heavily on the consoles multimedia capabilities, such as integrated television streaming. The heavy focus on television over video games created concern and confusions for gamers, as it seemed Microsoft was shifting the direction of the Xbox brand away from video games.

Backlash from this event resulted in Microsoft focusing only on video games for their E3 2013 press conference. Microsoft's event was held at 9:30am on June 10, 2013. The event gave the Xbox One a release date of November 2013 and a price of $499, every Xbox One would be bundled with a Kinect. An cheaper option without a Kinect was made available a year later. Games showcased during the E3 event included Dead Rising 3, Quantum Break, Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5 and a first look at the next installment in the Halo franchise which wouldn't be released until 2015.

New Features and Changes[]

Recording/Streaming Gameplay: Users will be able to record gameplay to upload to YouTube and will also be able to use Xbox partner, Twitch TV to stream live gameplay with commentary.

Xbox Smartglass (Now known as just "Xbox" or the Xbox app.) The smartglass app that is available on Windows phones, iOS devices and Android has been improved and can be used as a second screen to enhance gameplay.

Xbox Live: The maximum friends will be increased from 100 to 1000 and will have an unlimited amount followers.


Feature Specification
Optical drive Blu-Ray/DVD
Clock: 2133MHz Bandwidth: 68.26 GB/s
+ 32MB eSRAM
Bandwidth: 204 GB/s(102 In/102 Out)
Flash Memory 8GB Flash Memory
CPU 8 Core AMD custom CPU
Frequency: 1.75 GHz
GPU Clock Speed: 853 MHz (originally 800 MHz)
Shader Cores: 768 Peak Throughput: 1.31 TFLOPS
Storage 500 GB (5400 rpm) Hard Drive non-replaceable, External Hard Drive support available
Networking Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi (A/B/G/N dual-band at 2.4ghz and 5ghz) includes WiFi Direct support
A/V Hookups HDMI input and output
API DirectX 11.2
Graphics 853 MHz AMD Radeon GCN architecture
Camera Kinect 2.0 (1080p)


Xbox One (November 2013)[]

Released in 2013, the first model of the Xbox One was originally bundled with the new and improved Kinect. The Xbox One included many new and improved features compared to previous Xbox consoles, such as improved Xbox Smartglass. The Xbox One launched with games such as, Forza Motorsport 5 and Call of Duty: Ghosts.

Xbox One S (August 2016)[]

Main article: Xbox One S
The Xbox One S was the second model of the Xbox One. It was released as a slimmer and less expenisve model of the Xbox One. The console has been completely redesigned in a new robot white color. The Xbox One S is also capable of streaming video content in 4K UHD.

Xbox One X (November 2017)[]

Xbox One X Logo

Main article: Xbox One X
The Xbox One X is the premium Xbox One model. The Xbox One X is capable of playing a selection of games at 4K UHD with other enchantments through the Xbox One X Enhanced program. The console is currently the world's most powerful console, being 4.5 times more powerful than the original Xbox One.

Xbox One S All-Digital-Edition (May 2019)[]

Xbox One S All-Digital Edition Logo

On May 7, 2019 Microsoft released an all digital edition variant of the Xbox One S. The console is near identical to the regular Xbox One S but does not include a disc drive. The console was released as a slightly cheaper alternative to other models in the Xbox One line. The console was bundled with three games, those being, Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft and Sea of Thieves.



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Consoles and other devices
Development kits Xbox Alpha Tower IXbox Alpha Tower IIXbox Development KitXbox 360 Development KitXbox One Development Kit
Sixth generation XboxBundles
Seventh generation Xbox 360Xbox 360 SXbox 360 EBundles
Eighth generation Xbox OneXbox One SXbox One XXbox One S All-Digital EditionBundles
Ninth generation Xbox Series XXbox Series S
Cancelled Xbox PrototypeUnreleased Limited Edition Halo XboxXbox Watch