Microsoft fired the first salvo in the battle of gaming consoles at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo 2014 on Tuesday with its new Xbox One. The company's new flagship console, which retails from $639 onwards, will be available in Singapore on Sept 23.
Each Xbox One system will include the Xbox One console, one Xbox One Wireless Controller and a free 14‐day trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members. The console itself features a 500GB hard drive, Blu‐ray player and built-in Wi-Fi.
Xbox Live Gold is a membership programme that allows online multiplaying, with features such as cloud servers for multiplayer matches, cloud storage for Game DVR and discounts on selected game titles.
Microsoft also said that its motion sensing Xbox One with Kinect will cost $739.
Describing the Xbox One gaming launch line up in Singapore as 'colossal', Xbox said that titles include "Forza Horizon 2" and "Halo: The Master Chief Collection".
Xbox One gamers will also be able to play upcoming hits like 'Destiny,' 'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,' and 'Assassin's Creed Unity'.
Other features in the Singapore release include:
• Game DVR/Upload for recording, editing and sharing of game clips
• Apps such Skype, Internet Explorer and Microsoft's cloud storage service OneDrive
• TV on Xbox One allows gamers to switch between games and entertainment, watching live TV from cable, telco or satellite set‐top box through Xbox One with HDMI-pass through
• Regular updates to Xbox Live