Engadget's Darren Murph praised the Xbox One's "retro" aesthetics and Blu-ray capability but criticised the console's inability to play games from earlier models.
I love the almost-retro boxy look of the #Xbox One. Not sure I love its inability to play 360 games, though. Inclusion of Blu-ray rules.
"Microsoft's next-generation console is quite an ambitious product, promising to unifying absolutely everything you do in the living room," wrote Hunter Skipworth for pocket-lint.com.
Gizmodo's Kyle Wagner was impressed by the voice-activated channel and input switching.
"This will work via a HDMI pass-through, so this won’t replace your set-top box — rather, it reduces the number of controllers you have to use, and the input switching you have to do on your TV," he wrote.
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The Xbox One console will be on sale by the end of 2013, Microsoft announced.
Microsoft announced key specifications for the new Xbox One:
- 8-Core CPU
- 8GB memory
- 500GB hard disk drive
- Blu-ray drive
- Wi-Fi direct
- USB 3.0
- 1080p wide camera
Microsoft demonstrated utilising a partnership with US sports broadcaster ESPN to display sports statistics and background using voice commands through the Xbox One.
Britain's ESPN channel has recently been acquired by BT Sport.
A Microsoft representative demonstrated switching between Internet Explorer, films, live TV, Skype and games using voice commands.
Microsoft has unveiled its latest Xbox games console in a live video on its website.
The new system is called the Xbox One and is designed for use as a social hub and television unit as well as a games console.
It replaces the Xbox 360, which shipped about 76 million consoles by the end of March.