Microsoft’s Xbox One joins the game

101172322-ToolXboxOne_240x160Microsoft has officially launched the Xbox One in the United States and it will retail for $499.99, $100 more than Sony‘s newly released PS4. This next generation console includes a built-in Kinect system, a Blu-ray Disc player, a wireless controller, one chat headset, an eight-core x86 processor, wireless networking connectivity and a HDMI cable.

Xbox One features 8GB of ram and a 500GB hard-drive, giving gamers plenty of memory for their games, demos, movies, apps, music and more. It also includes TV apps such as HBO Go, ESPN, Fox Now and Netflix.

(Read more: Game on: PlayStation 4 has arrived

The new gaming console comes with the SmartGlass companion application, which turns smartphones or tablets into second screens that can intelligently interact with the gamers’ Xbox One.

The release comes a week after Sony launched PS4.

—By CNBC’s Erika Santoro.

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