The complete guide to the Xbox One

The Xbox One represents a completely new generation of games consoles, acting as an all-round entertainment hub for live TV, the latest movies, music and web browsing, as well as getting users engrossed in the latest Xbox games.

Join up with fellow gamers across the world with Xbox Live, blast out your favourite songs as you play brilliant games like LEGO Marvel Superheroes or Halo,and use the Xbox controller as a universal remote control for your satellite or digital TV service. Download and enjoy entertainment apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and BBC iPlayer- there's a whole catalogue of popular series and movies to work your way through.

If you want to get the most out of your new Xbox console, explore the all new Kinect Sensor, giving you HD Skype calls, state of the art voice navigation and much more. Find out how the console compares to its counterpart, the Xbox 360, by browsing our comprehensive guide below.

New Generation Gaming

Halo, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and FIFA 15 - the list of fantastic games that you can play on this Xbox game console goes on and on.

One of the features that's proved popular with the Xbox One and Xbox 360 alike is the Xbox Live community, which lets you boost your gaming experience on a global scale.

You need a Microsoft account and an internet connection to use Xbox Live, but once set up, you can play online multiplayer games like Forza Horizon 2, forming teams or competing against players everywhere from South America to Australia.

Create a gaming profile like you would with any social media platform, connecting with Xbox Live friends and sharing your top scores, as well as designing your own Xbox avatar.

If you need to update your collection at any time, the Xbox Games Store lets you browse the latest titles and download them in minutes straight to your console.

Xbox Live Entertainment System

Xbox Live also provides a full online entertainment experience that means you can use your device for so much more than just gaming.

Create a great soundtrack for any game by switching to Xbox Music. Download the Xbox Music Pass, and you can generate custom playlists for listening while you zoom around the Grand Theft Auto universe; sync with any of your other compatible devices and load up your collection on everything from tablets to desktop PCs.

If you want to catch up with your favourite TV shows or the latest movies, services like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Xbox Video can be easily downloaded and used on your Xbox One, as long as you have an account with the provider.

In fact, all kinds of apps can be enjoyed on this web-enabled console, from social media channels like Facebook and Twitter to YouTube music videos and movie trailers.

Watching Live TV with OneGuide

With the built-in HDMI input on the Xbox One, you can connect the device to a set-top satellite or cable box, and access all of your entertainment in one place.

Known as 'OneGuide', this feature will allow you to browse and select TV programmes from the schedule via your Xbox One, which becomes a universal remote, so that there's no need to juggle different controls when you wantto find an episode of your favourite series. Xbox One transforms your TV into a next generation smart TV, able to switch seamlessly between catch-up online services and live shows.

Intuitive User Interface

The user interface is similar to the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system that you may have come across on your laptop or tablet. The menu is a scrolling series of coloured blocks, which take you to everything from individual games to settings to Internet Explorer, much like the 'live tiles' of Windows 8.

There are also handy functions like Snap, a feature that lets you open a window to the side while you're playing a game on the main screen, whether you want to pop up a Bing browser window or watch a YouTube video. Xbox One also keeps recently played games and apps ready to select in your home tiles, so they're easily accessible whenever you need them.

Xbox Accessories and Extras

Enhance your Xbox One with some of these additional accessories and features available to buy either separately, or in a package, with your new console.

Kinect for Xbox One

The Kinect sensor for Xbox One makes navigating menus and playing gesture-based games a breeze. A more advanced version than Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect Real Motion is super-sensitive to your every move, guiding your games characters on screen according to your gestures, via an HD 1080p camera, which even detects when you enter a room! It also allows you to now make full HD Skype calls from the comfort of your living room sofa.

Over and above this, Kinect Real Voice enables you to search, select and play with voice commands, using the all-new multi-microphone array and advanced noise isolation - a tool allowing the console to pick out your voice, even in a crowd of friends.

Xbox Fitness

Design your own exercise plan, get help from personal trainers, and use the Kinect sensor and camera to monitor your workouts with Xbox Fitness on Xbox One. Celebrity health gurus like Jillian Michaels and Tony Horton (P90X workout) can guide you on this optional, exclusive service available for Xbox One.

Gaming Headsets

Be even more precise with your voice commands and immerse yourself in the game world with a gaming headset for Xbox One. Collaborate and discuss tactics with fellow teammates on Xbox Live as you play with a slimline chat headset, or use an over-the-ear stereo headset to cancel out background noise in busy households. All come with microphones attached, and Turtle Beach and other stereo headsets allow you to fold the microphone out of the way when tackling single-player games.

Xbox One versus Xbox 360

For most people looking at Microsoft's Xbox range, the choice is between the Xbox One and the Xbox 360.

Of course, there are similarities between the generations. However, as part of the eighth generation of Xbox consoles, the Xbox One carries more RAM, high-speed ports and connections like HDMI for TV and Blu-Ray technology. Here's a look at the two devices side-by-side in more detail:

Xbox One Xbox 360
Launched 2013 2005
Memory 8GB 512MB
Processor 1.75 GHz Single-chip 8-core AMD Jaguar 3.2 GHz PowerPC Tri-Core Xenon
Storage 500GB 250GB
Optical drive Blu-ray/DVD DVD
Connectivity Three USB 3.0 ports; Ethernet; HDMI 1.4 in/out; IR port; Kinect port; S/PDIF out for audio. 5 USB 2.0, IR port, Ethernet, Wifi 802.11a/b/g
Kinect Yes, with voice commands Yes
Controllers Up to 8 controllers available Up to 4 controllers available
Camera 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera 640x480 @ 30Hz (RGB camera), 640x480 @ 30Hz (IR depth-finding camera)