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Following the announcement of the Xbox One yesterday, Mashable has compiled a preliminary chart comparing the specifications of each of the next-generation consoles. While under-the-hood power does not necessarily make a console, it is interesting to see how the various consoles stack up and the choices that each company made when manufacturing their latest, and possibly greatest, consoles. With many details about the hardware of Sony's Playstation 4 still unknown, the chart is incomplete, but it does have a few interesting nuggets to be found within it. See the chart after the jump!

Here's a nice little gem that the folks over at Kotaku recently discovered.

Obviously, this is box art for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Battlefield 4. You may be thinking that this art was found lurking in some forum after being deviously created by an avid fan; however, this box art actually comes from EA, and it is prominently displayed on their Xbox One and PS4 pages for the game. The page also lists the games' release date as October 31st, the same date as the PS3, 360, and PC versions. Could this mean that these consoles will be out on or before then, or is this merely a placeholder date or a mistake?

With these box art designs coming from a major company like EA, they could very well be the official styles for the new consoles. They appear to be somewhat plain to me, indicating that they could also be placeholders. But, who knows, maybe Microsoft and Sony have chosen to tone-down their box art designs?

What do you think of the designs?

As most you will already know, earlier today Microsoft gave us our first taste of the Xbox 360's next-generation successor, the Xbox One. At the huge announcement press conference, tons of details about Xbox One were revealed, regarding everything from hardware specs, to the console's release window, and even the console's controversial policy on used games. Featured below is a big list of all the essential details surrounding Xbox One's unveiling this morning.

Let's start with the most important part of any video game console: the games. Microsoft has announced that Xbox One will be receiving 15 exclusive titles during its first year on the market. Even more impressive is that among those 15 exclusives will be eight brand new IPs. So far, we only know two of those games, Quantum Break and Forza Motorsport 5, but thankfully Microsoft is making their E3 2013 press conference "all about the games," so we'll certainly see more Xbox One titles announced when E3 2013 rolls around in just a few weeks.

On a much more controversial topic, Microsoft has also announced that all Xbox One discs will install the games directly onto the console's hard drive, and, as a result, gamers will be required to pay a fee in order to install and play any game disc on a second Xbox One console. The fee charged will reportedly be identical to the price of the original game.

Head past the jump for the full news blowout! about that Xbox One reveal? What's that you say?! You missed the presentation? Well, YouTube user Darkbeatdk has been kind enough to compress the entire conference into a small 101 second video that truly gives you the overarching themes of the conference. Seriously, you get all the information you need just by watching it.

The video exposes the television capabilities of the Xbox One, while also unveiling the gameplay enhancing technology of games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts. Gamers can now get the realistic puppies they've always wanted in their games.

In case you haven't noticed yet, this video is a parody. And a damn funny one too.

Give the video a watch. It's all you'll ever need to know to understand the Xbox One... so far.

"Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we're going to show at E3. We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability. That historic IP that they've built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One."

That's what Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer said regarding Nintendo's lost studio. Yes, a great game from Rare is likely on the way to the Xbox One. I'm not talking Kinect Sports – no, I'm talking about Banjo-Kazooie or even Conker, though that may be wishful thinking.

As a quick recap of recent Rare trademarks, Microsoft attempted to renew the Killer Instinct trademark. However, that renewal was refused due to "confusion determination." A spiritual successor could be on the way, or even a brand new entry in the series if Microsoft has played their cards right. And then there are Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, and Perfect Dark, all Rare franchises that have appeared on Microsoft consoles.

Of course, we may get an All-Stars edition of Kinect Sports. Or the new game may not even be developed by the studio. Who knows what could show up? Would a new Banjo game affect your opinion on the Xbox One? Sound off in the comments.

You all probably know it as the "Xbox Infinity", the "Durango" or even the "Xbox 720". However, the Xbox One has been revealed today by Microsoft, and a multitude of next-gen games are being confirmed for the console by various web sources. 

Click after the jump to see the list of new, next-gen Xbox One games!

Yes, the Xbox One will read used games. Yes, you will be able to trade and sell them online. But yes, according to Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison, you will have to pay to play used games. 

Upon buying an Xbox One game you will receive a unique one-time code to enter upon installing the game via an internet connection. Once used the game will be linked to your account and you can play it whenever you wish. The game can still be played by other users on the same Xbox.

Here's the iffy part: if you want to let a friend borrow it, they'll have to pay a fee to play it. How much is that fee? The same price as the game if it were new. Said friend will then be able to install the game data from your game disc. However, this is if they try to play on their account. Should you sign into your own account you will be able to play free of charge. Full details inside.

One of today's bigger highlights amongst the announcement of the Xbox One was that Steven Spielberg is collaborating with 343 Industries to make a TV series based off Halo for the upcoming Xbox One. 

Of course, live-action Halo TV series are nothing new as we received a previous Halo "TV" series known as Forward Unto Dawn last year. That show led up to the release of Halo 4 and was included with the limited edition version of said game. 

Not much else is known regarding the project, but we'll keep you posted as more news arrives. 

The exciting livestream of the reveal of the next xbox is watchable after the jump

By now, every Xbox fan should know the reveal date for the next Xbox. For those late to the party, it will be released on May 21st, which is now only a week away. Recently, Microsoft's Larry Hyrb and Aaron Greenburg took to Twitter and posted some pictures of the venue Microsoft is constructing for the reveal. It looks like an interesting space, and Microsoft is going out of its way to make sure that the reveal is a huge event as it prepares to launch itself into the future of the gaming industry. The other pictures can be seen in the gallery inside.

As gamers get geared up for the next generation of consoles out of Sony and Microsoft, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox Infinity, publishers are looking at the realities of the gaming industry when deciding on their future steps.

For some, the first step into the next generation has been the Wii U, which is causing uncertainty in the industry due to its lackluster sales. Other publishers are sticking it out for the other consoles, but they are watching the Wii U carefully. Its lack of success thus far might be more than just missing first-party support and poor advertisement, the reasons that Nintendo has claimed to explain the shortcomings of sales, and Activision in particular is paying close attention. Find out more about publisher concerns after the jump!

Microsoft announced a conference concerning the "future of Xbox" for May 21st. This term obviously means the company's next console, and rumors have been flying all over the web about the system. Always online, no used games, and many more details have been shot down by fans. Now we have a rumor on the price.

According to the story, the next Xbox will come in two different models, similar to the Wii U's release. There will be a simple $499 console, and then a $299 bundle. Both versions are carbon copies of each other from what we know. Here's the catch: the $299 model will also come with a two-year subscription to Xbox Live, and the service will cost $15 a month. That adds up to $659, and you may want to continue your subscription after.

This rumor brings up a past business decision by Microsoft, when they sold a $99 model of the 360 with a subscription fee. It's been done before, and it can happen again.

Will this rumor be true? Will the next Xbox also block used games and have an always online connection? We'll find out on May 21st. A full line-up is also supposed to be revealed at E3 this year.

Stay at Gamnesia as the news rolls in.

As its official announcement on May 21st is only a few weeks away, there have been a number of rumors circulating regarding Microsoft's successor to the Xbox 360, from the much controversial "always online" rumor to the possibility of blocking used games. Well, here's another one to add to the mix. According to a post NeoGAF, the new Xbox may be called the "Xbox Fusion."

What makes this name more likely than other rumored titles is that Microsoft owns multiple domain names under the "Fusion" title. While they do own a few domains for other rumored titles, "Fusion" is the only one for which they own several.

Stay tuned on May 21st for the console's official unveiling!

Console-exclusive games and franchises can be selling points for video game consoles. Some people will continue purchasing Xbox consoles to play Halo, others will stick with Sony to play God of War, and the die-hard Nintendo fans will continue buying consoles to play their beloved Super Mario or The Legend of Zelda games. It is only natural to have console-exclusive games in such a competitive market, and it looks like Microsoft is going to be adding another winner to their side of the ring in the next generation. Find out why after the jump!

It seems that during a developer interview with CI Games, a question game up regarding the next Xbox's features. One of which that has gained a lot of fuzz between gamers is that the console must be "always on" to play games. Meaning that if you don't have internet connected with your console and you want to play games, you simply can't. He also had something to say about not being able to play pre-owned games on your console.

"What do I think? Very brave, so to speak, decision from Microsoft. Still, the question is whether or not somebody had to do it sooner or later. I'm not personally worried about it myself because as a player it's doable at my home..."

Full quote after the jump!