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The Xbox One is the third generation of Microsoft’s Xbox consoles following the original Xbox and the Xbox 360, preceding the Xbox Series X.

Xbox One launched in late-2013 in most major regions and eventually came to Japan and China almost a year later in September 2014. The console initially shipped with its own Kinect motion sensor and featured strong support for motion and voice controls for navigating the Xbox One dashboard and opening and closing games and apps. By the end of the console’s generation, the UI motion gestures had been removed completely (though motion video games were still supported) and voice command support had been reduced significantly.

During this generation, Microsoft increased focus on building stronger connectivity between Xbox consoles and Windows devices with an increase in video games that connected to the Xbox Live service and supported Xbox Achievements and Xbox Friends. This initiative began in earnest with Windows 8 PCs and Windows phones and evolved even further when a dedicated Xbox app replaced the SmartGlass app and the launch of Windows 10 (and the now defunct Windows 10 Mobile) which refined the connectivity even further and introduced Xbox Play Anywhere, the ability for crossplay and cross-buy between Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 devices.

Xbox Game Pass, a Netflix-like video game subscription service, also launched during the Xbox One’s time, as did Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming service rival to Amazon’s Twitch, and Project xCloud.

Two significant redesigns were released after the Xbox One’s launch. The Xbox One S was slightly more powerful than the original Xbox One and supported HDR gaming and 4K media streaming (not 4K gaming). An All-Digital Edition (with no disc drive) version was released, as was one with a 4K Blu-ray disc drive. The Xbox One X console was much more powerful and supported HDR and 4K gaming and featured a 4K Blu-ray disc drive and support for 4K media streaming.

Popular Xbox One video game titles include Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft, Star Wars Battlefront II, Tomb Raider, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Fortnite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Grand Theft Auto V, Apex Legends, Destiny 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, Overwatch, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Xbox One Highlights

  • E3 2017: Everything we liked and didn’t like from Microsoft’s Xbox One X reveal
  • I chose an Xbox One S instead of an Xbox One X, and I don’t regret it
  • Interview: Microsoft’s Chris Charla talks [email protected], Xbox Game Pass, and working with indie devs
  • Interview: CD PROJEKT Red’s John Mamais talks Cyberpunk 2077’s creation, VR, DLC, Nintendo Switch, and more
  • Project xCloud first impressions
  • Hands-on with Project xCloud: Good enough to put away my Nintendo Switch

    Xbox One Review Highlights

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