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Xbox One release date, specs and its backwards compatibility issues: What you need to know about the Xbox One

Everything you need to know about the new Xbox One console

Xbox One console

The Xbox One will go head to head with the PS4 this Christmas in the games console battle of the century. This is your one stop shop for the Xbox One release date, pre-order, specs, price, features, functionality and more.

See also: Xbox One launch: as it happened.

Xbox One release date: when is the new Xbox out?

Get your Christmas list ready becuase Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will be released in time for the festive season. The Xbox One will be released on 22 November in the UK.

See also: PS4 vs Xbox One games console comparison review.

How to Pre-order the Xbox One

The Xbox One is set to be a popular product this Christmas so you'll probably want to pre-order it to avoid any disappointment. You can head over to the official Xbox site for a list of retailers (the device is out of stock on the Microsoft Store at the time of writing).

See also: Xbox One pre-order prices to find out more.

Xbox One specs

  • 8 Core x86 AMD CPU
  • 8 GB System Memory
  • 500 GB HDD
  • Blu-ray Drive
  • 802.11n Wireless with Wi-Fi direct
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • HDMI in/Out, 1080p, 4K support, Optical out
  • USB 3.0

Xbox One Price in the UK

The price of a new Xbox One in the UK is £429 which is £80 more than its Sony rival, the PS4. Although it's more expensive, your money will get you an Xbox One console, Kinect sensor, commemorative controller, exclusive achievement, HDMI Cable.

The price of the PS4 doesn't include a PlayStation Eye camera, the equivalent to the Kinect.

To add some perspective to this price, when the Xbox 360 launched back in 2005 its initial price was £279. For those math junkies out there, that's a £150 and 53.7 percent increase.

New Xbox One What's included

Will the Xbox One be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games?

At the moment, the situation is that the Xbox One will not be compatible with older Xbox 360 games. However, Microsoft has hinted that this feature may still be on the way.

"That's one of the things that makes [the cloud] at the same time both totally interesting and hard to describe to people. Because what the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin … Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it's things like voice processing. It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box. We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience," said Microsoft Senior Director Albert Penello.

"The power of the cloud brings many possibilities on Xbox One. Albert was speaking theoretically about backwards compatibility as an example of the features the cloud could enable in the future," clarified Microsoft in a follow up statement.

Will GTA 5 be out on Xbox One?

Rockstar, the developer of GTA 5, hasn't made a formal announcement on next-generation support for its blockbuster title. However, it seems likely that the game will be released on the Xbox One after a note to investors stated that a further release of GTA 5 would "help extend the value of the franchise".

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