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A great system for a social and family gamer!Posted
I'll start by saying I owned a wii first then a ps3 and finally an xbox 360. Once I played on the 360 the other game systems started to collect dust! I will make some comparisons to ps4. On to my PREVIEW! 1. PRICE - XBOX One = PS4 A. I believe that in todays electronics market the XBOX One is fairly priced! In the last 2 years I have purchased 2 over $500 cell phones, an over $1500 TV, $500 tablet, a $2000 PC and an over $800 laptop.(Which I'm writing this PREVIEW with.) The market is what it is! B. Comparing the XBox One ($500) and PS4($400). The XBOX One comes with the kinect sensor. The PS4 Does not. The PS Eye is $60 more if you want it. Here is where people might say "well, even with the eye the PS4 is still cheaper!" Remember! You will still need to buy more controllers for the eye to work. For the XBOX One you could have family and friends over and play a Kinect game with up to six people at a time for $500 + the price of the game. For a PS4 eye game in some cases that might cost $760 + the price of the game. 2. XBOX Live Gold - XBOX One > PS4 After using XBOX Live Gold for a while now I've come to love it. It's why my PS3 has dust all over it. It's a social way to talk to your gamer friends. Whether their playing Halo, Forza or gears of war you can magically still talk to them while playing a different game.(Something Sony has never been able to do!) XBOX has been tweaking and perfecting it for almost 8 years now. I can't possibly trust that this will work perfectly and correctly out of the box on PS4. 3. GRAPHICS - XBOX One < PS4 The PS4 will have better memory and processing power. This will not matter in any way, shape or form for next gen consoles. If you want the best graphics please don't buy a game console. Go buy an awesome PC. I did and it's cool. Console gaming is still where the most fun's at. I can almost guarantee that the graphics between the PS4 and the XBOX One will be almost identical. This should not be a reason why you should chose one system over the other. 4. CONTROLLER - XBOX ONE = PS4 I have man hands. The XBOX controller is godly with some new enhancements. (Moving the XBOX button up is huge!) The PS4 controller looks a lot better and definitely needed a redesign. The PS4 controller will need the PS Eye for some features to work. Without going into to much detail here are some links: http://www.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/Xbox_One_Controller http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/xbox-one-vs-ps4-controller-showdown/feature 5. Kinect Camera - XBOX One > PS4 You don't need a controller to use kinect! You can have up to six players without paying for another controller. It could control your XBOX One with voice RECOGNITION commands! It has a 1080p camera. PS4 has 720p. You can use it for skype if you have family across the country and/or world. It could track individual finger movements. It will also scan codes so you don't have to type them in. It can be turned completely off! 6. Games XBOX One = PS4 I believe there will be great games for both systems. The XBOX allready has plenty of day one games to chose from. 7. OTHER - XBOX One > PS4 The XBOX One has a neat TV throughput that lets you change from TV and back again easily. For a family this is a great feature. The Skype integration is awesome. You will be able to contact family and friends all over the world. The cloud will bring new and interesting scenarios for game developers to games. (PS4's cloud will not be ready at launch!) XBOX menus have always been better and faster than playstations. I beleive that will continue to be true. I truly believe this will be a great system for the future of gaming!
I would recommend this to a friend
Truly Next GenPosted
I bought the Xbox One Day One edition from Best Buy at the midnight launch. Came home and played for about 10 straight hours. Though I haven't used the Xbox One to its fullest, I can say you will be amazed at what this thing can do. I'll try to break it down a little so you can find what you're looking for easier. Console. The Xbox One is big, but it's also quiet and fast. I have yet to hear it even after 10 hours of being on. After downloading the day one update, it did take a while to boot up again, but leave it alone! It seems like it isn't working but it is! I changed the settings to get the best picture for me. Did you know it can calibrate your HDTV? Because I didn't! It comes with a headset for online, but I have a gaming headset so I can't use it. That's where the Kinect can save the day. It also can be used as a mic in game! It does a good job of getting your voice too. So until they make the adapter for my headset to use chat, I'll just stick with the Kinect. Controller. The controller is very well made. It feels like an expensive piece of hardware and it should! It is noticeably smaller in your hands, and it also has smaller analog sticks. This takes a little bit to get used to if you have come from the 360 controller for so long as I have. I like the controller a lot, but my only complaint is it's a bit tough for me to press the Right Bumper. I think this may due to how it's built different than the 360, and I'm sure in time I'll adjust. User Interface. Wow, this is a big improvement! The UI is very fast and fluid with controller or with voice. You can instantly switch apps and pick up where you left off. I played with the UI for several hours as my games and apps were downloading (I decided to go all digital). I set up my home tv, which consists of an antenna and hdmi converter. It doesn't support all the fancy features if I had cable or dish, but it gets the job done and I can snap tv while I play. I can't wait for Sunday when I can watch NFL all day and game at the same time! I do recommend watching a video or learning some of the ways to get around the UI to use it to its fullest. Most of my zipping around the UI came from just using my voice, which leads me to the Kinect. Kinect. You can really see why they included this in every box after you use it for a bit. I can navigate the entire Xbox through using just my voice! It's amazing when you do it and saves a lot of time. The Kinect is very smart and has no problem hearing my voice. For example, I can say, "Xbox, Bing. Movies with Chris Farley." The Xbox will pull movies with Chris Farley that I can watch! It even searches and sees if it's free on Netflix or Amazon Prime or any other video app you install. It's crazy! But it also comes with some fault. The Kinect is very specific at times. For example, if I say, "Xbox my games and apps." or "Xbox off." It won't recognize my command. I need to say, "Xbox go to my games and apps." or "Xbox turn off." It's very specific but worth it to learn the voice commands because it's amazing to be able to browse and watch videos without ever touching a remote. For those of you who don't trust the Kinect, you can always turn off video or audio in the settings or even unplug it. I don't use the video function a lot, but I do feel you are missing out on a big experience if you don't use voice. Games. I started out with Battlefield 4 and Killer Instinct. Battlefield 4 took a very long time to download, but I was able to jump into the campaign fairly quickly while the rest of it downloaded. Which reminds me, Xbox One downloads all your things in the background. This is super convenient as with the Xbox 360 you couldn't play games, watch movies, or use apps while downloading. Anyways back to the games! Battlefield 4, as soon as I started the campaign, I could tell the difference in graphics. It looked very good! And imagine this is launch game! The future is bright for gamers! After it downloading completely, I jumped into some multiplayer. 64 player conquest is just insane! I'm not a big Battefield fan but man that large of a map with that many players is just amazing. To wrap up games, I'm super excited to get my hands on Ryse, Dead Rising 3, Destiny, Titanfall, and Halo 5! Those and especially the 3 at the end make Xbox One a great choice for gaming in the future. Xbox Live. Microsoft has 300,000 dedicated servers running for Xbox Live's use. That is an insane number! Matches have been quick without lag, and you can only expect the same for the future as more developers take advantage of it. If you love playing online, as I do, this is the console for you! Conclusion. The Xbox One is truly a next gen console. It is an amazing entertainment system that doesn't only play games, but does so much more. I'm a gamer first, but it sure is convenient to have all the extra entertainment options. I'm blown away by the console and everyone I show all the neat features too is impressed as well. I can't wait to show it off, and the gaming that's going to come for the next years! It is a great time to be a gamer!
I would recommend this to a friend
great item so far so good at launch.What I like: + The dashboard is integrated WAY better than the Xbox 360 and PS3. There is no longer the feeling of "in a game" or "in the dashboard". You are ALWAYS in both. Say you are in the middle of a game but want to spontaneously change a system setting or launch another app etc. Both the 360 and PS3 had some semi-dashboard functionality built into the dashboard/home button, but most everything required you to first exit the game and go to the dashboard (aside from some shortcuts to go straight to a different game). Now, you press the dashboard button and without interrupting your game in any way, you now have access to the full dashboard and settings, etc. There is really no such thing as being required to "quit" a game anymore, which is awesome. + The HDMI-In is definitely a unique feature to the Xbox One that Nintendo and Sony's consoles can't touch. It's not for everyone; you might not care about it. But it certainly opens up some neat possibilities. Any other HDMI-enabled device you may be interested in using can be switched to and from at a moment's notice. I plugged my PS3 into mine, not for the purpose of gaming (since there is a tiny bit of input lag), but to be able to have a game disc in my XBO and a Blu-ray movie in my PS3 so I can switch without removing the game. I could certainly live without the HDMI input, but since it's there I may as well experiment with some interesting ways to use it. + Speed. I always was surprised that through the entire life of the Xbox 360 (including the 360 S and 360 E), there was an unacceptable amount of lag on many core dashboard functions. Something as basic as showing your list of games, or list of gamerpics to change to, or achievement lists, or loading marketplace screens, would often take several seconds or waiting to populate. The Xbox One's startup is acceptably fast, but could still be improved on, but basic things like loading marketplace content or my list of installed apps, achievements, etc, is very quick. Switching between game and dashboard is no longer the slow annoyance it used to be, but rather is nearly instantaneous. + Dashboard Layout: The Xbox 360 dashboard was too cluttered and poorly organized, in my opinion. There were many different 'sections' to scroll through with LB and RB that made it take longer than necessary to get around. The Xbox One dashboard only has three now, it's much cleaner and simpler. Your pinned games/apps, main section to switch back to currently in-use game/app or browse your other apps, etc, and the third section is for browsing/downloading new games/apps. Very easy to navigate. I also like the notification and achievement changes. You can earn 0-point achievements in random apps, like for watching videos and such. It's admittedly pretty pointless, but if you don't like the idea of pointless achievements, you can easily ignore their existence. + Built-in game DVR. Very cool feature that removes the need for external recording equipment for anyone interested in that. Even if you don't plan on using this feature, it could still benefit you in the form of more & better guide videos from other people that will likely be swarming onto YouTube. + The controller. Controller design has come a long way since the old Atari joysticks or uncomfortable NES gamepads. I have used Sony's Dual Shock 3, Nintendo's Wii U Pro controller, Xbox 360 controller and Xbox One controller. They are all fantastic. But I must say I always liked the 360 controller the best. The Xbox One controller is simply an improvement upon that one. The only downside to the 360 controller was the mediocre D-pad, which has definitely experienced a massive improvement in the XBO update. They also moved the guide/dashboard button higher, which I like since I used to accidentally hit that when I meant to hit Start/Back. I even like how they redesigned the battery to go inside the controller. It takes slightly longer to swap a battery out, but since I use the USB cable to charge instead of swapping batteries (no Quick Charge Kit yet exists for the One like the 360 has), that doesn't matter at this point. The only thing I don't like is renaming the Start and Back buttons. "Press Menu" sounds way less cool than "Press Start" you're used to on any game's splash screen. + Noise levels and cooling/reliability. Anyone who had a launch Xbox 360 or launch PlayStation 3 (I have both) knows what I'm talking about. Those things were LOUD. Distractingly loud. Even over my high-end surround speakers. The Xbox One's internal fan is very large compared to the launch 360 (google photos if its internals). Large fans can move more air and are not as loud as small fans. This also helps with its reliability, as the Xbox 360's biggest launch issues were overheating problems. Microsoft learned from this and I guarantee that will not be an issue here. I wanted to make sure of this, so I have literally had my Xbox One powered on almost 24 hours a day for the last week since launch day. This is because if it's going to overheat, I want to know now rather than down the line after the warranty is up. And I'm killing two birds with one stone because Killer Instinct has some goals related to how long you are in practice mode, so I leave it idling in practice mode while at work. Yeah, call me crazy. But anyway, so far, it has handled being constantly on for days at a time with not a single issue. + I obviously can't speak for everyone else, but my Xbox One console, disc drive, controller, and Kinect, all function flawlessly and had absolutely no issues. What I'm not thrilled about: - Launch line-up. If you are on the fence about buying the console and you're not immediately sure what game(s) to even get for it, you could easily wait it out a while longer. Forza 5 and some of the multi-platform releases are pretty cool, but I'm not sure they're $60 cool. If you are buying the Xbox One now, you're doing it for the novelty of being among the first to have a cutting-edge system. This is true with the PS4 as well. Anybody who swears by any of the launch game is just a fanboy drone. There are a handful of *pretty good* games for both systems, but I see them as more of $30-40 titles. Honestly, I've enjoyed the downloadable Xbox One games the most, such as Killer Instinct, or the free Kinect Sports trial. Big disappointment is that digital versions of full retail games cost MSRP. Until Microsoft shares some of the cost reduction from going all-digital (no marketing, manufacturing, shipping, middle-man retailers, etc), I will ALWAYS buy my games in the form of the retail disc version. A $60 retail game should be $40-50 tops from the Xbox Live Store. - No backwards compatibility. This would have been an even more important feature now than it was on the Xbox 360. We've now had eight years to build up a game library on our Xbox 360s. Mine is quite large. Not being able to use that collection as a buffer between Xbox One launch, and when all the great XBO exclusives hit, is very disappointing. The original Xbox only had four years to amass its game library, and since it was the first of Microsoft's consoles, there were far less owners with far less games than now exists with the Xbox 360. A lot of the same sentiments apply to the PlayStation 4. Both consoles could have benefited greatly from a backwards compatibility feature, since neither of their game libraries will be very expansive for at least a year or so. - There are not yet many ways to show the system off to your friends. The games are nowhere close to pushing the graphics to their limit. The cars on Forza 5 are gorgeous. But Call of Duty and any other multiplatform release will disappoint as far as graphical difference between 360/PS3 and One/PS4. But that's expected, and happens with every new generation. I'm sure the exclusive games further down the line will be much more graphically impressive (Gears of War, Halo, etc.) The bottom line is this: It's a great console with great potential, but as with most launch consoles, the games just aren't quite there to back it up, YET. If you are on the fence over the console because of the 360's launch reliability, I would honestly not let that hold you back on this one since Microsoft learned a very painful & expensive lesson from that, and designed a much more reliable console this time around. If you are waiting because you're unsure of the game library, you may be justified in continuing to wait. I honestly just got it because I knew for sure I would eventually get it anyway when Halo 5 comes out. But it the price is holding you back, you may have to wait YEARS for this to become affordable. So if you are okay waiting that long, great. But otherwise you might as well get it now so you can actually use it while you wait for the game library to improve. Chances are, there won't be any price cuts on it for at least a couple years, and the price cuts aren't usually anything significant until around 4-5 years after launch. So if you have the patience (I didn't), definitely wait. But since I am 98.4% sure the price will still be $499 when Halo 5 comes out, I figured I may as well get it now along with the extra pre-order perks. A solid system; I definitely do not regret my purchase.
I would recommend this to a friend
Not perfect, but very good. Time will improve it.Posted
What I like: + The dashboard is integrated WAY better than the Xbox 360 and PS3. There is no longer the feeling of "in a game" or "in the dashboard". You are ALWAYS in both. Say you are in the middle of a game but want to spontaneously change a system setting or launch another app etc. Both the 360 and PS3 had some semi-dashboard functionality built into the dashboard/home button, but most everything required you to first exit the game and go to the dashboard (aside from some shortcuts to go straight to a different game). Now, you press the dashboard button and without interrupting your game in any way, you now have access to the full dashboard and settings, etc. There is really no such thing as being required to "quit" a game anymore, which is awesome. + Speed. I always was surprised that through the entire life of the Xbox 360 (including the 360 S and 360 E), there was an unacceptable amount of lag on many core dashboard functions. Something as basic as showing your list of games, or list of gamerpics to change to, or achievement lists, or loading marketplace screens, would often take several seconds of waiting to populate. The Xbox One's startup is acceptably fast, but could still be improved on, but basic things like loading marketplace content or my list of installed apps, achievements, etc, is very quick. Switching between game and dashboard is no longer the slow annoyance it used to be, but rather is nearly instantaneous. + The controller. Controller design has come a long way since the old Atari joysticks or uncomfortable NES gamepads. I have used Sony's Dual Shock 3, Nintendo's Wii U Pro controller, Xbox 360 controller and Xbox One controller. They are all fantastic. But I must say I always liked the 360 controller the best. The Xbox One controller is simply an improvement upon that one. The only downside to the 360 controller was the mediocre D-pad, which has definitely experienced a massive improvement in the XBO update. They also moved the guide/dashboard button higher, which I like since I used to accidentally hit that when I meant to hit Start/Back. I even like how they redesigned the battery to go inside the controller. It takes slightly longer to swap a battery out, but since I use the USB cable to charge instead of swapping batteries (no Quick Charge Kit yet exists for the One like the 360 has), that doesn't matter at this point. The only thing I don't like is renaming the Start and Back buttons. "Press Menu" sounds way less cool than "Press Start" you're used to on any game's splash screen. + Noise levels and cooling/reliability. Anyone who had a launch Xbox 360 or launch PlayStation 3 (I have both) knows what I'm talking about. Those things were LOUD. Distractingly loud. Even over my high-end surround speakers. The Xbox One's internal fan is very large compared to the launch 360 (google photos if its internals). Large fans can move more air and are not as loud as small fans. This also helps with its reliability, as the Xbox 360's biggest launch issues were overheating problems. Microsoft learned from this and I guarantee that will not be an issue here. I wanted to make sure of this, so I have literally had my Xbox One powered on almost 24 hours a day for the last week since launch day. This is because if it's going to overheat, I want to know now rather than down the line after the warranty is up. And I'm killing two birds with one stone because Killer Instinct has some goals related to how long you are in practice mode, so I leave it idling in practice mode while at work. Yeah, call me crazy. But anyway, so far, it has handled being constantly on for days at a time with not a single issue. + I obviously can't speak for everyone else, but my Xbox One console, disc drive, controller, and Kinect, all function flawlessly and had absolutely no issues. What I'm not thrilled about: - Launch line-up. If you are on the fence about buying the console and you're not immediately sure what game(s) to even get for it, you could easily wait it out a while longer. Forza 5 and some of the multi-platform releases are pretty cool (like Need for Speed Rivals), but I'm not sure they're $60 cool. If you are buying the Xbox One now, you're doing it for the novelty of being among the first to have a cutting-edge system. This is true with the PS4 as well. Anybody who swears by any of the launch game is just a fanboy drone. There are a handful of *pretty good* games for both systems, but I see them as more of $30-40 titles. Honestly, I've enjoyed the downloadable Xbox One games the most, such as Killer Instinct, or the free Kinect Sports trial. A big disappointment is that digital versions of full retail games (like Call of Duty Ghosts) cost MSRP. Until Microsoft shares some of the cost reduction from going all-digital (no marketing, manufacturing, shipping, middle-man retailers, etc), I will ALWAYS buy my games in the form of the retail disc version. A $60 retail game should be $40-50 tops from the Xbox Live Store. It's so backwards that all the retail games are a flat $60 at all times via the Xbox Store, when already Amazon has had various sales that have at some point put them at $39 (Lego Marvel Superheroes) to $49 (almost every launch game). Have some digital sales and permanent price drops and I might actually buy some of them! - No backwards compatibility. This would have been an even more important feature now than it was on the Xbox 360. We've now had eight years to build up a game library on our Xbox 360s. Mine is quite large. Not being able to use that collection as a buffer between Xbox One launch, and when all the great XBO exclusives hit, is very disappointing. The original Xbox only had four years to amass its game library, and since it was the first of Microsoft's consoles, there were far less owners with far less games than now exists with the Xbox 360. A lot of the same sentiments apply to the PlayStation 4. Both consoles could have benefited greatly from a backwards compatibility feature, since neither of their game libraries will be very expansive for at least a year or so. It's also disappointing that I need to keep both consoles connected to my TV. When I bought my Wii U (and PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, Wii), I could give a nostalgic farewell to my Wii (and PS2, Xbox, PS1, GameCube) and disconnect them from my AV setup entirely, while still playing all my games. - USB Ports. All three versions of the Xbox 360, including the launch version, had 2 USB ports in the front of the console. My 360 S also has 3 in the back. I like never running out of USB ports. But the Xbox One has zero USB ports in the front, and only one on the side. So my Play and Charge cable has to plug into the side of the Xbox, meaning the cable can't reach as far, and someone tripping over the cable is more likely to result in damage to the console and/or cable. I also can't comfortably connect two controllers at once since one would have to be connected to the back. I'm also disappointed that external storage via USB isn't supported at launch, though it sounds like that is coming later on. But even when that feature is added, what if I want to charge a controller while also connecting a flash drive with some video files on them? I'd have to use the back ports, which I think should only ever be used for semi-permanent devices, like connecting a very large external hard drive. But those back USB ports may have to be used a lot more often than I'd like. Perhaps in 4 or so years, an Xbox One redesign will bring back more and better-placed USB ports. - No 3D Blu-ray support. Even last-generation had this feature on the PS3. The PS4 and Xbox One *both* don't support these. Why the step backwards? What I'm neutral about: * The console's physical design: It actually looks very nice to me. But it does have a small amount of boring-ness to it. It's just a big black box, basically. The key will be to keep the glossy part free of scratches and dust. Glossy consoles are notorious for aging much worse than matte consoles. It's also quite a bit bigger than the Xbox 360 redesigns (but on par with the launch Xbox & Xbox 360 sizes). But I do have to say, I am very glad they are taking precautions to avoid the overheating issues of the launch 360s. The giant cooling heatsink/fan inside, and ample ventilation room inside this ominous monolith, will make it much more reliable and less susceptible to failure; an acceptable trade-off in my mind. I'm sure down the line there will be a smaller version of it. But I didn't want to wait 3-4 years to get it. The bottom line is this: It's a great console with great potential, but as with most launch consoles, the games just aren't quite there to back it up, YET. If you are on the fence over the console because of the 360's launch reliability, I would honestly not let that hold you back on this one since Microsoft learned a very painful & expensive lesson from that, and designed a much more reliable console this time around. But if you are waiting because you're unsure of the game library, you are probably justified in continuing to wait. I honestly just got it because I knew for sure I would eventually get it anyway when Halo 5 comes out. But it the price is holding you back, you may have to wait YEARS for this to become affordable. So if you are okay waiting that long, great. But otherwise you might as well get it now so you can actually use it while you wait for the game library to improve. Chances are, there won't be any price cuts on it for at least a couple years, and the price cuts aren't usually anything significant until around 4-5 years after launch. So if you have the patience (I didn't), definitely wait. But since I am 98.4% sure the price will still be $499 when Halo 5 comes out, I figured I may as well get it now along with the extra pre-order perks. A solid system; I definitely do not regret my purchase. 4.5 stars.
I would recommend this to a friend
Causes for concernPosted
Where to begin? Games - First of all if you are ever banned by Microsoft for whatever reason you lose all ownership of all your games for that account. - Games are not really owned by you but licensed - There is a used game fee roughly equivalent to the full MSRP of the video game - In order to play games the Xbox One must connect online every 24 hrs or games will not work - If signing in to your Xbox One account on a friends Xbox One then it must connect online every hour on the hour - Friends can only play your games if they have been on your friends list for 30+ days, there is a limit on the number of friends as well - Games and movies are region locked, If you are into foreign games or films then you are out of luck - Can only trade in games with authorized trading partners - Games must be installed - Indie developers cannot self publish. Indie means any game developer that is not owned by a publisher such as EA, Ubisoft, Square-Enix, etc. This means many Indie developed games may not release on the Xbox but will on the Playstation. Microsoft also charges $10,000 per update for Indie developers = less games from Indies. The Hardware - The Xbox One is much bigger than the PS4, has an external power brick rather than internal, and heavier than the PS4 - Is less powerful than the PS4 by roughly 50%, for exact details look at Eurogamer, they did an article on it - Uses DDR3 RAM as opposed to GDDR5 RAM in the Playstation - Hard drive is 500GB just like the Playstation. Unfortunatly it is not upgrade-able like the Playstation. Meaning that space can be an issue, especially with mandatory game installs - The controller uses Batteries and cannot be charged by the console unlike other consoles Kinect - The Kinect camera is bundled with the console. - The camera can detect body heat and even tell you your heart beat just by looking at you - The Kinect has facial recognition and knows who you are and signs in automatically for you - While not confirmed and unlikely to be implemented due to consumer backlash, there is a Microsoft patent where the Kinect can count the number of people in the room and restrict access to content based on the # of people in the room - While separate it can never be disconnected from the console. While Microsoft claims it can be turned off by software the console will still cease to function if manually disconnected - The Xbox One is always on, always using Kinect to listen to you, awaiting the verbal command "Xbox On" - This raises privacy issues to some people - There are rumors of a Xbox ban in Europe due to privacy concerns Price - $100 more expensive than the competition TV - Can take input from certain cable providors, allowing you to speak to you console. Such as "Xbox watch Game of Thrones". Basically a DVR you can talk to.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Good but Not Yet GreatPosted
My console loyalties still lie with Nintendo so understand that this review isn't coming from a biased "XBox Fan Boy." I purchased the XBox 360 back in 2007 and have grown to love many of the console exclusives like Halo that made my decision on whether to buy a PS4 or XBox One easier. In comparing the PS4 and the XBox One it's easy to see that on paper the PS4 is superior in terms of raw gaming power but I liked the direction that Microsoft was taking in trying to make the XBox One a whole home entertainment system. Sony and Microsoft took distinctly different paths for this new generation of gaming. Both consoles have amazing and promising features, but the games and features of the XBox One made it my choice for the foreseeable future of gaming and entertainment. Up front, the cost is a little overwhelming but take into consideration that the PS4 does not come bundled with a camera like Kinect. If you purchase that add-on for the PS4, the prices of the two consoles are relatively the same. However, Microsoft has bundled the Kinect with the console and made it mandatory because of how they intend for you to interact with your console. When it works, it's awesome. Initial setup was easy. There were directions included, but I didn't use them. The wires and components are relatively the same as any previous consoles I've hooked up. One unique feature of the XBox One is the HDMI Input into the console that allows you to plug your Cable Box (or possibly another device) in and be controlled by the XBox. This was one of the features I was most looking forward to. My Cable Box doesn't have an HDMI Out, so in order to use this feature, I had to purchase a $30 component to HDMI converter box to bridge the gap but it works flawlessly. After hooking up everything and powering on the console, you set your language, connect to your network or WiFi, and then sign into XBox Live. Initially, you have to download and install the 500MB day one update that essentially activates all the features of the console. After that, you go through various other setup screens to configure Kinect and to set up the console to access your Cable Box. All of the setup menus were easy to use and worked without any issues. After everything was configured, the first thing I tried was the TV feature. To switch over, you say "XBox, Watch TV." If the Kinect understands you (and most of the time, it does), it switches over to whatever is plugged into the console's HDMI input (even if it's a device other than your Cable Box). XBox displayed what was on my TV and it looked good. While I was watching TV, the console popped up a notification at the bottom of the screen that let me know one of my friends had sent me a message, so it's cool that you can see notifications like that while watching TV. One of the other things I was looking forward to was being able to change channels, view the guide, and pause/play/fast forward/rewind with my voice. I said "XBOX, One Guide" and it pulled up a listing of everything that was on. While that menu was up, I configured my favorite channels to make it easier to see what I wanted to see. From that menu, you can also ask XBox "What's on CBS/ESPN/Whatever channel you want it to show" and it will show you what's on that channel on the guide. You can even have it change the channel by your voice if you want. I'm not familiar with all the voice controls yet, so I used my remote to play something from the DVR, and then I planned on snapping that while playing some games. To get back to the console's main menu at any time, you can either hit the home button (the XBox Logo button at the top middle of the controller) or you can say "XBox, Home." Once I was on my home screen, I started up a game of Call of Duty Ghosts and while that was running, said "XBox, Snap TV." It brought up the show I had started playing from my DVR in a window at the right-hand side of the screen and my game window was in the middle of the screen. One problem with snapping is that you can't control the volume of either window manually. I think this issue will definitely be addressed in a future update because you should have the capability to control the volume on either window manually if you choose. Like if you've got an NFL game snapped while you're playing a game, you should be able to mute the football game entirely and just be able to see the content to keep up with what's going on. Some additional cool features: You can turn the XBox on with a voice command "XBox, On" and have it power up. You can even configure Kinect to use the camera to sign you in automatically when it sees you on screen. It's pretty funny when you configure it to do that and you see a view of the room you're sitting in with this little name tag above you with your name. One thing that I see as a big improvement for this generation of consoles is that Microsoft is using cloud servers for hosting multiplayer gaming sessions. Playing online matchmaking in Halo 3/ Reach/4 and COD MW 2/Black Ops/MW 3/Black Ops 2 on the XBox 360, it would never fail that someone with a terrible internet connection would be the host and it would cause lag for everyone. By moving the host to the cloud, it eliminates someone else's horrible internet connection causing lag for you. As with any console launch, the system still has its flaws that are being ironed out. There are still relatively few apps, although major ones that are available like Internet Explorer, NetFlix, and Skype all work really well. There are also relatively few games out right now (at least ones that I would consider playing anyway) but more are one the way. There are minor issues (like being able to control the volume when snapping something) that need to be addressed in future software updates. Other than that, I have been really pleased with the console so far. It was expensive but I like the possibilities that it holds to allow for both gaming and other entertainment uses. Don't get me wrong, I play a lot of games and I fully anticipate that to be the primary function, but I also like that I can control it with my voice, have it recognize me automatically and sign me in, and do several things at once. The XBox One is a good console so far but with some additional software enhancements and some great games like Halo 5 or Bungie's new game Destiny, I expect that it will be great.
I would recommend this to a friend
Was all I expected and morePosted
I gotta say, this was everything I was expecting and much much more. Setup was a breeze for me, and thankfully, I had no BlueRay or hard drive issues. The console is fast, quiet, and very fun to play. It has wireless N built in. The system is super quiet! I can't hear it at all. The days of the jet engine in my room are now gone. The Home screen is very familiar if you like WP8 and or W8 and is an evolution of what we had with the latest 360 experience. I also like the large tile in recent activities that shows what you did last. I only wish, it would show tv all the time. The update went smoothly. And I had no GSOD at all. What I did not appreciate was how long it took to install two games. But once installed, they can launch much faster if you enable the beta quick launch. Switching and Snapping....Man it's incredible. Now when I'm level grinding, I can snap tv. I never realized just how much I wanted that feature until I actually had it. Wish I had it in games like Fable II when I was in the blacksmith shop making money. When you switch to something else, the console saves your game right where you are at and when you come back, it's right there. I like how it integrates TV, but it does need a lot of work done. It would be great if you could install a multi-stream cable card on the console and had a larger hard drive to actually use it as a dvr and get rid of your cable box completely. And setting up your cable box can be a bit tricky. Setting on Stretch, Native, or Zoom can only be done when you are watching TV. You can't access that menu from the system settings screen. The graphics are incredible! I am amazed at how even a rushed game like DR3 still looks stunning with a level of detail I have never seen in a game on my 42" tv. I really hope Bethesda Software redoes Skyrim for the Xbox One. Kinect blows my mind. I never had it on my 360, so I can't say if it's an improvement, but man, when you walk in a room and say Xbox On, it turns everything on for you. And then it can log in to your live account automatically. It's very accurate and simply magical when it works. However, even this needs some improvement also. Where I have to have my console, I have no floor space, and have to lay in bed with the Xbox looking down on me. from the foot of my bed. The only time it seems to notice my hand is if I am sitting up. If I am laying down it doesn't recognize it. Also, the console pairs you with a controller. When that battery dies, you can't just pick up a different controller if you have the charge and play. You have to log out, and then log back in with the fresh controller in your hand. If you are using double A batteries, all you need to do is just pop out the dead batteries, and install new ones. The Play and charge battery did last over a week until I had to swap it out. Voice command is awesome, when it works. You have to say exactly what it expects. Any deviation and forget it. You have to say "Xbox; turn off" Not "Xbox Off". And you have to pause after you say Xbox before you say what you want to do. That is minor, and it's fairly accurate. What is most annoying is with TV and OneGuide. If you want to watch Discovery, you have to say "Watch The Science Channel". If you say "Watch Discover Science" it will go to discovery. If you Say "Science Channel" it will probably take you to SyFy. You can't just say "Watch Channel 020". While the previous two issues are manageable once you know how Xbox works --- this one is just unacceptable. The system doesn't know what screen you are on when you are watching tv or any APP for that matter. When you pull up the guide, you can use voice commands to navigate it. But if Kinect stops listening, and you say "Xbox" again, it thinks you are still watching TV and the guide is not showing. So it will not accept commands for navigating OneGuide. You have to say "Show One Guide" again which closes the guide, and then you have to issue the same command to show it again. The problem is, it's centered back on the channel you are on. Game DVR is great. I thought that the system is constantly recording 5 minutes of game play. But that's not the case. You need to tell the console to start saving. But after that, it's pretty cool. You should be able to say Xbox Save, and it would save the past 5 minutes instead of saving the next 5 minutes. Even better, it should automatically save the 5 minutes before you complete a challenge or achievement. Speaking of challenges and achievements, it's a new system. Specifically the Challenges. So, the system doesn't really relate to the 360 system. And on that note, you can't include people in your party on the 360 and vice-versa. Game matching is nice, I accidentally went into a match because of a poorly designed game. But it didn't match me with two people, I just didn't know I was in co-op mode. Sorry if you are one of those two people. All in all, it's an excellent system. I don't regret buying it at all. In fact, I already consider it to be the best $500 I ever spent. I would have given it 5 stars, but there are areas that need improvement, such as load times, voice integration improvement, and access to important settings (such as tv and cable box settings) in the main menu. They do seem trivial, but for a system that is marketed to take over input one, they do prevent it. I'd highly recommend the system to all my friends.
I would recommend this to a friend
Xbox One day one EditionPosted
I have been playing my Xbox One Day One Edition non-stop this weekend and felt comfortable giving a first impression review. The first thing you notice out of the box is that the design is nothing that is going to blow you away. They made it big and when it was opened up by those sites that take these boxes apart a large part of it is a fan. I don't really mind at all to be honest. Too much has been made of how it looks. I have it in an entertainment center that has nothing but large black boxes in it. Well here's another one. Not really a big deal. I plugged it in and went through the initial set up in around 20 minutes. I will start by saying I have a small child who also uses this television, so I will not be reviewing anything regarding the TV features. I decided not to use them, as I don't want my son to have to use the Xbox. The user interface is very nice and simple to use once you get going. I had an Xbox 360 and PS3 last generation and always liked the 360 interface better. I feel the same way about this one. You can still pin your favorite apps and games and navigating is fairly easy. The Kinect in my household with a small child (lots of noise) works well. I have had no problem with the commands and have found that they add quite a bit of easy navigation to the system. I will say it helps to learn what the commands are that the Kinect understands. Microsoft has released a sheet of all those commands since release. I will note that this would not have been a bad sheet to put in the box with the console, but I'll print it out on my own I guess. There is nothing better than saying Xbox On and Xbox Turn Off, or Xbox Go To Forza Motorsport 5 and it just goes! So in that sense I'm very pleased. I wouldn't say these are lazy features either as some may think. It's just a convenience that they have decided to give you. If you don't want to use it you can unplug it. I also really like the auto sign in when it sees me. The biggest thing that the Kinect brings to the table for non- gaming is the ability to scan in QR Codes. The last generation brought us all that dreaded DLC and 25 digit code entry. Nothing worse than entering all 25 digits and then trying to figure out which one was wrong. Well the Day One Achievement and a 7 day Xbox live pass come with the system on a QR code sheet. Ask the Xbox to use a code and the Kinect will ask you to hold it up to the screen. Here the beep and you are all done. Thank you so much for this. Now if everyone can just start including these rather than the typed in codes with the games it would be appreciated. So you must be wondering how Kinect is for games. Well it is really a huge improvement. Kinect Sports has a free demo on Xbox live right now and the interactions were read well and precise. I really can't complain about how well the new Kinect works. All in all the Kinect and UI have really been integrated into the new system well. I really think Microsoft really sees how we interact with a lot of UI as stale and the Kinect is an attempt to change that. I don't mind it and the possibility of where they could go is intriguing. Hopefully including one with each system will turn into some great features from Kinect. The new controller is another plus of this system. I'll add that last generation the Xbox 360 controller was my favorite and that will likely continue this generation. The new thumb sticks with the new grippy feel and updated LB and RB buttons are all great improvements. I also like the new D-Pad as it is very clicky and precise. Yes I know these are not real words I'm using. The controller also feels like the general shape has been changed a little, as it fits into your hands much more comfortably than the 360's, overall a great improvement. I had some really long gaming sessions this weekend and the controller didn't cause any fatigue from holding it. I for one am also a fan of the double A batteries in the controller. I know a lot of people feel this is a thing of the past but it just works for me. I don't like having the controller wired to the system to charge and the battery packs all eventually die and need to be replaced. Batteries can be charged and recharged simply and I will never have to replace the controller due to battery life waning over time. I know I am the minority with this opinion but it's mine and I'm sticking to it. I'll step down from my soap box now. Finally how about those force feedback triggers. Nothing like slamming on the brakes hard in Forza Motorsport 5 and having the trigger for braking shaking, just like if you slammed on the brakes in a real car. Also love when I'm holding down RT in Call of Duty Ghosts and it's shaking like a leaf just like it should. I think this will be a great feature moving forward. The One also comes with a headset much like the 360 did. If you are not going to be a heavy gamer then it will do just fine. I have to say this was my only area of disappointment with the One out of the box. The headset that came with the 360 had a habit of being pretty cheap as well but this one is a downgrade. The set is not adjustable on the head as it's just a solid piece of flexible plastic. The sound quality is what it is, nothing earth shattering. I had a Turtle Beach headset with my 360 and I think I'm now spoiled. If you are not going to be using the headset often this one will likely take care of your needs. If you are a heavy multiplayer gamer you will likely be investing in a new headset, as this will not get it done for you. The Kinect is also auto set to be used as a headset out of the box, but I turned that off. That's a great way to be the guy online who has a ton of background noise! There is also an included 4K capable HDMI cable that is included with the system. It's a fairly nice cable and I think we are all at the point where we expect the Xbox One and PS4 to have these included. The power brick is also outside the box. Ohhh nooo. I have no clue why so much has been made of this. Power bricks create heat. Putting them in the box may be nice for the end user but not for the ones who are trying to make this box as cool as possible. I understand why they kept it out considering the heat issues the previous console went through. Underneath the entertainment center it goes. Why are we even discussing this! The longest that I have run the system was on release day and that was for about 8 to 9 hours non-stop with a disc in the drive. The system remained whisper quiet the entire time. I was playing at night with the volume down and couldn't hear that it was running in the room. Overall I would have to say that I feel much more confident in the hardware effort this time around by Microsoft. It seems like a sturdy well-made piece of hardware. Obviously the RROD that I experienced with my release edition of the 360 was not until over a year later, but at this point my initial impression of the One is that it's a much better made machine. Time will tell and I could not be happier after my first few days with the Xbox One.
I would recommend this to a friend
The Family SystemPosted
First off, I would like to say that is an amazing system. I have yet to be disappointed with the quality of the games, apps, and functions of the Xbox One. This is not to say that it is better the PS4. For those of you out there reading this review, It is all about preference. In my household, my brother and I have both of these amazing systems (PS4 and Xbox One). Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Lets begin with the PS4. If you are looking to give someone or buy yourself an all around, top of the line, gaming beast, the PS4 is probably the system you need to focus on. Apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll are all accessible without the need of the PSN subscription. The PSN subscription allows those who own it to play online titles and receive discounts and even free games. The graphics on this system are superb. The exclusive titles use the processor of this gaming machine to its full potential. And the icing on the cake is the controller is vastly improved over its predecessor from the PS3. Now onto the Xbox One. This system fits the living room just a little bit better than its competitor. With the new TV pass through system that Microsoft has introduced, you can now watch your favorite shows directly on your gaming console. With apps such as HBO GO, FOXNOW, and an upcoming NFL app (which all sadly needs you to activate a subscription to Xbox Live, which is also need to play online titles), you can do anything you can on your cable box now, and then switch instantly to another app or game using only your voice. The controller is not much different from the old model but still feels all around better than the earlier model, maybe just because it is new? All of that is nice and all, but this is still the weaker of the two systems. It has less processing power than the PS4. Not to say that games look terrible, because thats totally a false statement. Any game that is going to be released for both of these systems will look almost identical. The exclusives on the PS4 will look mind blowing, they will also on the Xbox one, but in a different way. It has been that way since the former generation and most certainly will remain that way. Both of these systems are amazing, so here is the breakdown. PS4 - The most powerful console on the market, intended more for the hardcore gamer (can be used for family needs but focused on the gaming experience). Xbox One - The new all in one entertainment system for everyone in the house, intended more for a family setting (not to say it doesn't play well). And as always, make sure when buying these machines, that whomever it is intended for has friends who own the same console. It makes all the difference who you play with.
I would recommend this to a friend
The Better ValuePosted
Ok, before I get a ton of thumbs down from PS4 fans, please keep in mind that I'm trying to help the general consumer and not you. If you are looking for the very best all in one entertainment console, look no further. Yes, you always have to be connected to the internet, once every 24 hours. There are advantages to having this though. Number one is automatic updates to the console. You won't have to sit there and wait for your console to update anymore and have to tell your friend you want to play with that it may be 10 minutes before you can play. Second is cloud gaming. This has amazing potential on the Xbox One. Forza 5 showed that now that they can use cloud gaming, if you want, your driver can still race even when you are not playing the game. It can do this because it tracks how you drive and knows exactly how you take turns and how and where you pass people. It really is amazing technology. As far as I know, PS4 can not do this. Third, you can share your whole games library with up to 10 "family" members. Microsoft has even said, I'm sure gamers will find ways around this so technically you can share your games library with 10 friends around the world and you don't even have to be there, it uses the cloud and they can play the game right away. Big score. One of the big questions was can you trade in and buy used games...YES! You can trade in your physical disc of the game to a retailer like best buy, You can also give that game to a friend however, you would lose the rights to the game. So make sure you really don't want that game anymore. But if you don't lend games like I do, nothing has changed for you. You can still go on over to GameStop or Best Buy and trade in your games. Kinect 2.0 comes with every Xbox One which definitely justifies the price. Microsoft usually charges at least $100 just for Kinect alone. This is a significant improvement over the last Kinect. Good idea that they threw it in. TV will never be looked at the same with this console. You can just say "Xbox On" and it will automatically turn on both your TV to the correct input and your Xbox One. You can now just tell the Kinect/Xbox to "watch TV" and instantly you are watching TV. You can even say "Xbox watch CBS" and the Xbox will instantly switch to CBS. You have to plug your cable box via HDMI into the back of the Xbox to have this functionality. You can even Skype on the side of your TV while watching a television program, watching a movie, or even playing a game. There are a ton of new features that I'm sure I forgot to mention, but in the long run. This truly is an amazing deal. If you like the PS4, then get the PS4. I'm just saying for the average person, the Xbox One is the way to go while still delivering to the hardcore gamers.
I would recommend this to a friend
The true Next-Gen system.Posted
As I stated above, the Xbox One is the TRUE Next-Gen console. I'm not necessarily an "Xbox fanboy" (even tho I've owned all 3), and I'm smart enough to know that there are some definite cons to the console, but this is what I've come to conclusion with the Xbox One vs. the PS4... The reason why I stated Xbox One is the TRUE Next-Gen console is simple in one word: Kinect. Yes, we all know Xbox One is $100 more expensive, and yes we all (should) know about "DRM-gate" by now, but let me shed some light on the $100 price difference from the PS4. PS4 doesn't include the PS4 camera ($60) or the true chat headset ($25), but rather a cheap earbud style one. Yes that's probably because most people on PS4 already have Turtle Beach/Astro/etc. headsets that they can use, which I admit is a rather big pro for the PS4 at launch. But back on point, those 2 items added would put both bundles rather identical and only making the PS4 $15 cheaper when comparably equipped. Ok, still an edge to PS4. But in reality, the PS4 camera is nowhere near as sophisticated as Kinect in it's technology nor integration. So PS4 camera can track movements and tell which player is holding which controller, or even video chat with others. Great, but that basically puts it on par with last generation's original Kinect and PS eye with only slight improvements. Just watch some unboxing and demo reviews on YouTube and you can tell it's rather cheap looking and nothing groundbreaking in terms of usage. The new Kinect is large, sturdy, and much more well-built. I'm happy to only have to spend an extra $100 over the PS4 for this piece of hardware. We haven't even gotten to the features yet. This is what sets Xbox One apart not only from PS4, but all other consoles ever made. The way you can use speech/gesture controls, switch seamlessly between games to apps to TV to friends list to the store to Bing search, it really works nearly as fast as you can say them and works faster than the controller. Some mighty say "Hey, I don't need to spend an extra $100 to talk to my gaming console when all I want to do is game." or "I already have a Smart TV that can use voice/gesture control." Ok, fair enough, and I wouldn't ever disagree with that. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But the Xbox One's voice/gesture control is far superior to that of any Smart TV I've ever seen, and I have a rather nice Samsung 7500 series which is no pushover. And that's what sets Xbox One apart from all others. It can do basically everything the PS4 can gaming wise, minus a few features like the Share button & touch pad, but so much more. I really don't mean to be hating on PS4, and I'm well-aware that PS4 on paper is the better console specs wise with its DDR5 RAM over One's DDR3, amongst other things. But it's not as drastically sharper/better performing as most people seem to think. Yes there's no doubt it's better, but you can only barely tell the difference between the 2 consoles playing the same game, and that's only if they're side-by-side. Realistically I see PS4 as basically a better looking graphically PS3 with a few social features added, while Xbox One is a HUGE leap over Xbox 360 not just graphically (like PS4 over PS3) but much more immersive as well. And that's what I was looking for in a Next-Gen console, something that truly felt new and unseen before. Plus the exclusive games tailored to me more, which is just a matter of personal opinion, so that's up to the individual. So, in conclusion, I will probably be buying a PS4 sometime next year, to rejoin a bunch of my 360 friends who "jumped ship" to PS4, but at launch the Xbox One was the clear choice for me. Both have pros an cons, and in no way am I saying Xbox One is vastly superior to PS4 for everybody, it's all a matter of what you want/need. PS4 has been hailed as the ultimate console catering to hardcore gamers, since Sony's focus has been much more on games rather than Microsoft's focus more on TV integration. Ok, I can agree with that, but cutting out the PS4 camera and making the price $100 cheaper than Xbox One was a strategic maneuver more to attract the casual gamers than harcore ones. "Oh hey, I just want to play games. $100 cheaper, yay, BUY!". As simple as that sounds, there are hundreds of thousands of people that have made what should be a complex and well-thought-out decision that easy. I agree that makes Sony geniuses, but what about the people in the middle who are indifferent? Listen to this review of mine. It comes down to this... What do you want from your Next-Gen console? Do you focus on the lower price, fewer features that makes the experience more simple and user friendly, where you only want to play games? Then that's fine, there's nothing wrong with that and you should choose the PS4. Or do you want a more immersive experience with voice/gesture control for your games/menus/TV that is so cool and futuristic that even 5 years ago it would've seemed decades away. If it's worth the extra $100 to you, then go with the Xbox One. Each is a great console is their own way, and not one is vastly superior to the other overall. It just comes down to how often you're going to use the console, how tech-savvy you are, and if you're willing to try something new or not. Both are great and neither is a bad choice, but you know my answer...
I would recommend this to a friend
Grasping New TechnologyPosted
MS has had a rocky start with the marketing of this system to say the least. I won't go into details of that as they've already been pointed out across the web. My hat goes off to MS though for what they're attemping to do with the X1. They are looking forward and embracing innovation. Even at the cost of alienating some of their "loyal" consumers. Sure some of the features may be of no interest let alone use for some of us gamers. The HDMI pass through won't be utilized by the majority I would think. Skype, NFL/Sports apps, Kinect and other similar features may just get in our way to get to what we want from the Next-Gen Xbox, great games. MS is no fool and realize that for their next gen system to be a success, they need gamers on board (see X1 Reveal and the aftermath). They're lining up exclusives like the 360 and it's launch and history. Dedicated servers on Xbox Live and the Cloud offering endless possibilities in gaming. I only see things getting better for gamers on the X1. The Kinect love or hate can open up all kinds of interaction. I'd really like to see developers embrace this technology. It is really impressive. I'm not going to be up jumping around. But I can really see myself being an armchair game show contestant. I might even as such lean over and spin the wheel on Wheel of Fortune though. These are the things I think Kinect can introduce us to. As far as comparisons to the PS4 and its power. I think the X1 will do just fine. It'll be years before developers start harnessing the power of both systems to show off any major difference between the two and by then if any true hard gamers are really worried about it, they pick up a PS4 or X1 at that time. I think most do anyways they just favor one over the other initially. I mean its a win win for us all right? Minus the couple grand we're all sure to put into each system over it's lifetime (ouch that was a reality check saying that). Pay to play as the old saying goes. If MS can think this out. Make sure there's no X1 Red Ring and deliver. We can be in for a treat as gamers and have a taste of the future in home entertainment at the same time.
I would recommend this to a friend
A true next gen system.Posted
Let me just start off with some hard facts. Its got a 1.75 Ghz octacore CPU with 8 gddr3 RAM plus 32MB ESRAM GPU. This makes the CPU faster than the PS4 but the GPU may be slower (we will have to wait until developers figure out how to utilize the harder to write for ESRAM) but at the moment the PS4 is leading in graphics because it is an easier system to write for this time around (it was opposite for last generation.) They also upgraded their Kinect sensor to be crazy accurate. But who cares about this stuff if it doesn't work right? The voice controls for the new Xbox One are awesome. They don't always work, I would say for me personally about 90% of the time. This is because if there is a lot of background noise it has a hard time hearing you and since people are talking to a computer they use their computer voice which it doesn't read as well. If you are having troubles with it talk to it like you would talk to any living thing and it will hear you way better. If you start screaming or yelling at it or talking really fast it gets confused, but if you talk to it like you would talk to your best friend it will read you a lot more. The other thing that makes it not always work is you have to say the exact command. So "Xbox on" not "Xbox turn on." Or "Xbox turn off" not "Xbox off." It's also good to just put "Xbox" infront of everything. So "Xbox go to Netflix." "Xbox go home" etc... and it wil read you more. I also think that with more software updates it's going to be more accurate. Especially since practically everything can be used through voice controls which makes it feel next generation. It may sound stupid, but when you start using it and it works your going to love it. Massive multimedia device. This console allows you to watch Hulu Plus, Netflix, Fox, Live TV, CW, Youtube, etc... They don't have as many apps as the 360 has now but that's because those company's haven't re-written the app to be compatable with the Xbox One yet but they will. Remember it just launched and not everything is going to be perfect and flawless. It's going to go through a lot of rough patches. Take us for example as toddlers our balance and motor control was awful, but the older we got the more refined it got. It is also really awesome to be playing a game or watching tv and snap another thing open. Granted at the moment it is still pretty buggy, but once again through some software updates it'll be working great. Being able to go straight from watching Netflix to playing a game to watching a show on Hulu Plus instantly is also really cool. Granted you have to open the app and let it load, then it becomes part of that 8GB of RAM and stays open which allows it to be instant. So the first time you open a game, Netflix, Hulu Plus, etc... it takes maybe 5-30 seconds to open, but from there on it's instant when you go back to it. Now the most important part what about gaming? I talked about the other stuff because this system can do all that and still game at an incredibly high level. The controller has been redesigned and is a delight to hold. For those of you who are angry that it doesn't come with a rechargable battery pack just know that I'm thankful it doesn't. Since I think it is cheaper and easier to buy rechargeable double AA batteries so I can always switch those out in a moment, and I also feel they last longer and that way I always have a wireless controller. The only game that is Native 1080p on the Xbox right now is Forza Motorsport 5 and it looks amazing. Call of Duty Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassins Creed IV Blackflag are 720p upscaled to 1080p and look amazing. But the reason why they are lower resolution than the PS4 comes down to developers. Since these systems are new and the Xbox One has more complicated innards they don't know how to write for it yet and get into the power of the system where the PS4 is more basic so it's easier to write for so they can access that power more easily. But make no mistake the Xbox One has the power for 1080p it's just to young to fully utilize it's potential. Xbox also has 300,000 servers for online gaming, and for each game I believe they have dedicated servers to which should lead to multiplayer games being less glitchy. They also revamped who you play with, and it should match you to players that have similar play styles to you. So if you go and cuss people out all the time you will be in those lobbies more, if you don't then you should be put in other lobbies with players who don't. But we will see how that ends up working. Microsoft spent a lot of time focused on gaming, but they wanted their console to be more than just a gaming device which is why they are selling it as more. Overall I love this new system and I can't wait to see where it goes in the next 5-10 years. Espeically if you look at where the Xbox 360 was at lanch and where it is now. If you want a true next generation system, this is the system to get. If you want pretty much the same thing as last gen but with upgraded internals and (at least for the present time)native 1080p games then get the Sony PS4. But most importantly just have fun gaming.
I would recommend this to a friend
Better than expectedPosted
Its wicked fun. You can talk to it in any voice you want including Dalek and robot. It understands robot voice without problem and sound from the tv games and Skype don't interfere for instance, if a human or droid is sky ping you and they try to prank by saying "Xbox off" it won't work same with tv adds that say "Xbox..." so that's cool that it knows the difference between the tv's speakers and other voices. It's awesome controlling tv and all the apps by talking. The Whole voice thing is badassedness. I thought kinect was gonna be dumb cause I'm lazy, but it's good for lazy waking up in the morning and not having to reach for a remote is great and it somehow recognizes me while I'm still under the covers. An odd thing is its hard to switch controllers, or I haven't figured it out yet and that should be simple. I revieved at five stars but its more of a 4.7 its not perfect but things have improved since day one. The machine s full of suprises givingout achievements and gamerscre for watching movies is odd for me but keeps it interesting i wouldn't be surprised if i get an achievement for returning from the bathroom someday. The controllers are better than 360's which in my opinion are sweet. Seriously I'm very picky about controllers and the games I got handle excellent. Even driving, I don't even think I'll need a steering wheel. An arcade stick would be better for fighting games, by far. Maybe I was expecting more bugs and glitches and rated it higher than it deserves, I dunno but I can see by the first generation of games that I'll probably look back and say oh i should've given it a better rating. In my room I have a bed so I doubt full blast kinect games would be any good. I think a bigger room would be needed if you want to enjoy kinect sports or other titles. Small area plus kinect games is bad. But not having to enter 25 digit codes is very good, flash the card up to the sensor and "bloop" done no more "check your code again" type messages. I'll miss that someday but be glad that I miss it just the same as I miss preheating an oven instead of pressing add 30 seconds on a microwave. "Xbox hand me juice" doesn't work so you'll need to reach or master telekinesis. Here watch... Cool right? It just turned on and ive got a collection of game clips playing as I type. Oh crud I had a 63 hit combo going blood was spilling everywhere, amputations and then it stoped it went for 59 seconds and it looked like my guy was just starting to hack a pile of barbarian stew. Might be me not knowing how o record longer but that was dissapointing cause it looked like the beginning of a mass barbarian extinction. It records clips on its own wich doesnt effect the game but its kind of annoying having 20 clips when you only requested four or so. Some users put up ballsy game clips and some add plenty of humor. OH! That's a great way to see if you want to get a certain game, watching others' uploaded clips. See that? Didn't have to leave my keyboard and set up someone's crimson dragon clip and they are not speaking English but they seem good at the game. I did check the box saying that I would recomend it to a friend but I'd rather have at least one of them get a PS4 cause I'm curious to see how Sony did. I've both Xbox 360 and PS3 and I like ps3 very much but like the 360 way more so I'm hoping Sony took lessons from Microsoft incase I feel I need a ps4 someday but right now One is enough. I would like to review my own review in a month or so cause right now the system is new for me (and I'll have a better Dalek voice) I'm sure once familiar with the system most gamers will be very happy. Another one last thing nope I just forgot. Oh ok I remember I usually don't play online games cause they're hard for me but I tried it on RYSE and I'm hooked on gladiator mode. I think even though the system must do a better job of finding people to game with cause no one gets annoyed at me nor I them and it seems more on skill level than game rank. Like a rank 72 guy was great to gladiate with or whatever the word is and I was rank 3 at the time but some how kicked as much butt as him or her I didn't have the head set on. Also a rank 1 person was matched with me and they played just as well. There is probably better ways to describe it the pint is online mode is fun. FPSs I don't play but I'd guess the same would be true, they'd be more fun than on 360 due to the way they figure out who I dunno I guess matchmaking is probably better is what I'm trying to say. Could've wrote a short review but those aren't much of a muchness and long ones are boring. Oh no this is a long one. :@ sorry to bore you. So here's the short version of the review: I've been gaming since I was five I'm thirty- eight now I've played evey type of game I know of including green screen text adventures from a apple II c and used over a dozen home consoles probably over twenty. Well over twenty if handhelds are included. Xbox one will not disappoint anyone thinking of buying or asking for one.
I would recommend this to a friend
Good system, perfect. Bad disc drive headachesPosted
Got mine delivered from Best Buy a couple days ago and setup is just as expected from all the other reviews..... initial update, kinect setup, etc. On the same day it was delivered I also went to gamestop to pick up a couple games and an extra controller so I could be ready to test the system out with my son. The system it's self is large but I was expecting larger based on other reviews. It's large but I don't find it too large. I guess it's just relative that people are speaking of. And yes it does look like a VCR or something but I actually dig the minimalist look. Blends in well with my set up. And it's super quiet and stays cool. Downloads happen in the background even when you turn the console off. It's more like a sleep state. I like that as well. Everything goes smoothly with setup and I'm in business. As others stated, couple annoyances (unable to see hard drive space and where's my avatar?# and dashboard has been revamped and rearranged which can be frustrating, especially for users coming from a 360 who are use to things being in a certain spot. Typically, you wouldn't expect a big learning curve for users of a previous generation but here, it can be. Microsoft decided to utilize the menu button on the controller to bring up settings and options rather than onscreen guides. So again, this is learning the new setup. One thing I do like about the dashboard is your videos keep playing when you want to pop out of them and do something else. For instance, if I am watching the ESPN app, I can hit the xbox button and it will minimize and I can check something else out real quick and pop right back into what I was watching rather than having to close the app like on the 360. I will say that a lot of it is just going to be hit or miss with users. Some users will like the dashboard changes and others will hate it and I suspect these are mostly 360 users just frustrated. Iverall I am pleased with it and the responsiveness and the new kinect is very good.... it almost scary good. We want these things to be good but not to the point where you're paranoid. Good thing is you don't have to use kinect and you can disable voice commands if you like. For now, I'm keeping it on. I haven't hooked it up to my cable box. I have a Tivo Roamio and I suspect I'll be frustrated with the Xbox guide and not being able to really utilize my Tivo and still have to use the remote. Tivo is the best DVR/Cable box experience but I'll try the HDMI passthrough just so I can really know how good/bad it is. Those are my overall impressions of the system so far. Now the main concern is quality. I got one with the bad disc drive. Microsoft is sending me a new one in a couple days so I'm not upset but this could cause a lot of headaches during the holidays for those getting this as a gift. I mean you simply have no way of knowing if you're going to get a good system and giving someone this as a gift on Christmas could also make their Christmas a nightmare and you don't want to open it and test it before they get it because you want to give them something brand spankin' new. If getting it as a gift, please get a gift receipt. I got mine from Best Buy and I could take it back but they're stock is kind of hit or miss around me so I'm fine to wait a couple days. I got a free game from Microsoft and I downloaded a couple so not having a working disc drive for a few days won't be a pain right now. My 3 star review is mostly for the system itself and not quality control and to stay more neutral for now. I want to judge the system on it's own merits and not the idiot who put it together or the one who didn't test it properly. I am also concerned about hard drive space. Since right now, you have no way of knowing how much space is left, that's ki