Microsoft’s new gaming system Xbox One hits store shelves in 13 markets worldwide Friday, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria.
The console debuted one week after Sony launched its new rival system, the PlayStation4. For more on the PS4, click here.
The new entertainment system combines video games, live TV, Skype, sports, fitness and music into one device, and features improved voice and motion control.
Xbox One launched alongside a range of games, including many from third-party licensors and licensees such as "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag" (Ubisoft), "Battlefield 4" (Electronic Arts), "Call of Duty: Ghosts" (Activision), "FIFA 14" (Electronic Arts), "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes" (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment), "Skylanders Swap Force" (Activision) and "Zumba Fitness World Party" (Majesco).
Integral to the new features of Xbox One is a range of multi-player features that helps players locate other compatible players online, as well as record, edit and share gaming moments. Because so many services are combined into this one device, players can seamlessly move between game to TV, movies, fitness, music, sports and the Internet.
Additionally, players will have access to OneGuide, which lets users access their favorite shows, channels, apps and games.
"We believe a truly next-generation system must deliver not only incredible games but also all of the entertainment you love in one device," says Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing, strategy and business, Xbox. "From your favorite games, to the hottest TV shows, movies and music, to surfing the web, to Skype conversations with your family and friends, only on Xbox One can you instantly switch between all of your entertainment and snap them together–all with the sound of your voice."