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.
The Xbox One console will be on sale by the end of 2013, Microsoft announced.
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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.
Microsoft will reveal the inner workings of the new Xbox games console on Tuesday May 21, a member of the Xbox team has revealed.
Larry Hryb made the announcement of the 'Xbox reveal' event through his blog and Twitter account.
On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.
On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.
He added that the team were: "thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on".