Microsoft has given future Xbox One owners a look at what they’ll be getting this holiday season with a new unboxing video posted on its Xbox Wire blog.
Xbox programming director Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb leads the proceedings, showing off the “Day One” version of the jet black console and its accompanying controller, Kinect sensor, headset, 4K-capable HDMI cable and other accessories.
The video reveals that all versions of the Xbox One will come bundled with a headset, which stands in opposition to comments made by Microsoft in June. You can take a look at the whole package down below.
A blog post posted alongside the video goes through the $500 console’s fine details, most of which have already been announced. It did reveal, however, that the Xbox One\’s controller will recharge through a microUSB port instead of the proprietary cable Microsoft currently employs for the Xbox 360’s gamepads.
Not only that, but Microsoft says that Xbox One\’s pad actually won’t need batteries at all when it’s wired up with a microUSB cable, since said cable shuts off the controller’s internal wireless radios. Hooking it up through microUSB will power up rechargeable batteries that are in the controller, though, provided that you’re using the official Xbox Play & Charge Kit.
Microsoft isn’t bundling a microUSB cable with the console, so you’ll need to buy one on your own if you’d like to save some power and not play wirelessly. We went hands-on with the Xbox One controller at E3 this past June and came away quite impressed, but the increased functionality should be welcome.
More news on the Xbox One’s features comes courtesy of a graphic that was posted on Xbox.com yesterday. The pic revealed that the new console’s much-touted Game DVR, Skype, “OneGuide” TV guide, “SmartMatch” multiplayer game finding tech, and NFL on Xbox features will only be available to Xbox Live Gold members.
The news may not come as a huge surprise, since Microsoft currently holds most of the Xbox 360’s premium content behind the Gold subscription’s paywall. Xbox owners have long complained that services like Netflix, which requires it own subscription fee, should be accessible without paying another $60 annually for Xbox Live Gold, but it would appear that Microsoft will be staying the course into the next generation.
By comparison, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida confirmed through Twitter this morning that the PlayStation 4’s game recording and streaming features will be available to those who don’t pay for a PlayStation Plus subscription. That premium service will be required to play most PS4 games online, however, as Sony announced during its E3 press conference earlier this year. It costs $50 per year.