XBOX ONE

Microsoft-Xbox-One-Console-Set-wKinectThe Xbox One was released on November 22, 2013. The Xbox One is Microsoft’s third console following the Xbox 360 and the original Xbox.

  • AMD X8 APU
  • 8GB DDR3
  • 500GB HD

A high-end model, Xbox One X, was unveiled in June 2017 and released in November; it features upgraded hardware specifications, and support for rendering games at 4K resolution.

The Xbox One uses an AMD X8 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz but it lacks L3 cache. The Xbox One S has a faster X8 CPU and the Xbox One X has  more memory. The Xbox One and Xbox One S have 8GB memory and the Xbox One X has 12GB of memory.

Backwards compatibility is limited as the previous Xbox 360 uses the PowerPC CPU which is incompatible with the x86 instruction set. The console uses an emulator that can handle some games.

One feature of the Xbox One is the XBOX Play Anywhere. This means downloaded games work on a PC and a console without change.

The Xbox One X nominally takes the role of a UHD entertainment center when combined with a large screen 4K television. Televisions generally have several HDMI connections so adding the console is easy. The biggest shortcoming has to be the lack of native Bluetooth support.