XBox One Games Unveiled Ahead of Console Release

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

If just the thought of going to a gym gets you in a sweat, then how about some exercise at home - Xbox One style.

XBox One courtesy Microsoft

If just the thought of going to a gym gets you in a sweat, then how about some exercise at home - Xbox One style.

This is "Zumba World Party."

Developers say the console's improved Kinect motion detector and camera immerses gamers like never before.

"Kinect Fitness" can actually sense increased body temperature and breathing while you're working out.

"We can tell where your muscle force is, where your weight transfer is. We can even go down to the level of reading your heart rate by looking at micro-fluctuations of blood flow in the face," explains Dave McCarthy, General Manager, Microsoft Studios.

"So we combine that level of insight and feedback with Kinect and then add Xbox Live on top of that and say we're going to connect you with your friends and the community overall and we're going to use challenges and achievements to make workouts motivating as well as insightful."

Up to half a dozen people can now show off their moves simultaneously in the latest instalment of the "Just Dance" series.

"The camera itself, the new Kinect, the fidelity is amazing. So the development team is really able to take full advantage of that," says Michael Beadle from Ubisoft.

"For the first time and exclusively, you'll be able to have six players play simultaneously and be scored, which is a really big deal for us because we found that more people playing and being involved in the game just makes for more fun."

The Xbox One has been designed to function as an all-in-one entertainment device, bringing television, games and social networks together in one console.

Powered by multiple operating systems, including Windows 8, Microsoft claim the console takes gaming to a whole new level with processing levels increased to 1.75Ghz.

Designers say new graphic capabilities adds stunning realism to the faces and features in games.

One of the more anticipated titles is a gladiator-style fighting game called "Ryse: Son of Rome."

"We've definitely landed the graphics and the facial fidelity. I think when people see the game they'll be like, yeah, okay this thing looks amazing," says P.J. Esteves, Design Director for "Ryse: Son of Rome."

Esteves say a new console controller also adds to the experience.

"You've got this really great feeling controller. To me it feels almost like the Xbox S controller, which is one of my favourite controllers of all time," he says.

"But on top of that you have this great new rumble feature and we use that quite a bit in the game."

Advanced artificial intelligence also adapts to the way you fight enemies, like the endless hordes of zombies in "Dead Rising 3."

"With the number of zombies, it's obviously way more than we could ever have done on the current generation," says John Ellenton, Game Designer, "Dead Rising 3."

"We also have a much more dense world so we also have a lot more items, so hundreds and hundreds of items in the world at one time with the zombies, fully streaming.

"So all that kind of stuff was not possible on current generation. We could only do that with the power of Xbox One."

Designers are also promising sports games that put users at the heart of the action.

"FIFA 14" is one of the latest football offerings.

"So we went back to the drawing board, looked up real-life data and then we modelled the flight of the ball in the air based on real-life data," says Santiago Jaramillo, Producer, "FIFA 14."

"So when you play the game and you play lob passes or you shoot from outside, it's really rewarding and it feels a lot more realistic than before."

Xbox One is due to be officially released on 22 November 2013.


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