Slot-loading Blu-ray drive
500GB Hard Drive
HDMI In/Out, Optical Out, Ethernet, 2 USB and IR Blaster
The XBox One isn't just a console, it also makes a big push for taking care of all your living room entertainment needs. It features HDMI passthrough which means you can hook up your cable box and control it via your XBox, using voice commands and browsing your programming guide, changing channels, etc...
Another cool feature allows you to "snap" apps to the side of the screen, so you can run multiple applications at the same time, which is not an original feature by any means, but is still pretty cool.
What about the games, you ask? Well, we didn't hear much about that today. Understandably so, however, with E3 right around the corner. We saw a demo of the next entry in the Forza franchise, and a game from the creators of Alan Wake entitled Quantum Break.
I'm a big fan of the XBox brand and am really excited for this, but am worried about one thing: the death of the rental market. From reports surfacing by all the major news outlets for this sort of thing, your copies of games will be tied directly to your account. I've seen a few people saying that this means you can't bring a game to a friend's house, which as far as I can tell isn't true. Sign in on your friend's console and you should be good to go. However, if a specific game disc is tied to a specific account, that means that you won't be able to rent a game for the console.
I know that although I enjoy video games, but don't play near as much as I used to. So, grabbing a game for $2.00 out of a Redbox and spending a few hours with it is my main method of playing new releases. It will definitely play into the decision to buy the console.
What do you all think?