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Good, potentially great.Posted
Potentially, this has the ability to be a game changer. As of right now, it is clear that MS wants to nose its way into your living room, and it wants to step right in between the path of your DirecTV/cable box and and your TV...literally. I'll get more into that shortly... The box itself is not entirely different than the Xbox consoles of the past. Kind of big, kind of bulky, but it's really not that big of a deal. Yes, there is a power brick, but again, I'm not going to let that keep me from buying a console. The console, when on, makes no sound what so ever. I've been very impressed with the length of time it takes to turn itself on and my other components. The IR blaster generally does what it's supposed to do - turn on the Xbox One along with the Kinect, the TV, the Onkyo receiver, and the DirecTV DVR. You enter the model numbers for your components when you first set up your console, and you shouldn't have to do it again. "Xbox On" and "Xbox Turn off" do the job for all of your components. The item that has been making all the news has been the live TV integration. This aspect is the most impressive and maddening all at the same time. It is very cool to be able to have your friends come over, and you just use your voice to say, "Xbox volume up," "Xbox watch ESPN," "Xbox Turn Off," etc., it have your guests' jaws drop. It's also maddening that you can give some of the same commands and occasionally just get ignored, at which point, your wife just shakes her head and wonders aloud, "what's so great about this again?" It's also mildly frustrating that some channels like "ESPN U" and "Disney Junior" cannot be accessed by voice; so that means that your DirecTV/Cable remote cannot go that far away. Let the record indicate that I just found out last night after having had this for since "Day One" that the d-pad on the controller can be used to go channel up or channel down. That certainly lessens the need for the DirecTV/Cable remote to be around at all times. The "Xbox One Guide" is a glorified alternative to your existing on-screen guide. I don't know exactly yet how to use my voice to tell it to tune to a particular channel from the guide, but the page up/page down commands work very well through the "One Guide." A second question I had about TV integration was going to be the picture quality when passing through the Xbox One. It turns out that it looks really good, and 99% of the time, it's flawless. The only time I notice anything amiss is when I'm paying attention to the "ESPN Bottom Line" - the scroll bar at the bottom of any ESPN channel. Every once in a blue moon I notice a little judder effect on the text as it scrolls. It's still very readable, and after a few seconds, it corrects itself, but it's occasionally noticeable. The actual TV content is excellent in terms of picture quality. One tip for you if you have a cable/satellite box that allows you to alter your resolution from 720p to 1080i or vice versa, then go ahead a pick one that you think is best and avoid a "native" mode at all costs. (Personally, I like 1080i the most between the two, but your opinion may vary). The reason I say that is because the Xbox takes a few seconds to go from one resolution to the other, and it's noticeably longer than it is when the signal is going directly from cable/satellite box to TV. The good news is that the signal, regardless of the resolution you choose, is getting upconverted to 1080p anyway. For the record 3D signals do not pass through from the DirecTV DVR through the Xbox and to the TV. The TV will now give you the "Your TV does not support 3D" message if you pass through the Xbox. Either have a second HDMI connection directly from your cable/satellite box to your TV, or give Microsoft some time to correct this issue. We never use 3D, much like most of America; so I suspect this will not impact you at all. One negative that does affect me slightly is that, at this moment, Dolby 5.1/7.1 is not supported output via optical cable, only DTS. I have HDMI connected, and Dolby 5.1/7.1 is supported via HDMI, but my audio receiver is slightly older, and it only passes through the video signal, not audio, thus my having to use optical. Many of you will not have to worry about this at all, but my rear speakers go unused in regular TV watching for 7.1. There is supposed to be an Xbox update coming soon that will address this issue. If your HDMI carries both audio and video for you, then you can ignore this paragraph. If you rely on optical, then know that audio during gameplay is 7.1 (stunningly good, by the way), but TV watching is DTS (soon to be updated/upgraded). The Kinect sensor is really cool as far as I can tell in gameplay. The only games I have are Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, NBA 2k14, and Forza 5. I don't have any full-blown motion games that really take advantage of being able to detect your movements. In gameplay, the only real tests I've given the Kinect have been to audible in Madden (very accurate), holler "throw grenade" in Battlefield (excellent), and use profanity in NBA 2K14 (which appropriately gets you T'd up!). I do know the Kinect camera is very clear, and it does a pretty good job of picking up people in the room and associating their gamer pic with them. I get the customary "Hi, Sarfdawg" every time it sees me. On to the reason you bought this...the actual gameplay... Graphically, it is noticeably improved over the Xbox 360 for Battlefield, Forza, and NBA 2k14. If fact, those three games are stunningly good. The attention to detail on all of those games is remarkable, particularly in Forza and NBA 2K14. I think Battlefield was already amazing on the 360 version because it was made at the tail end of the life cycle for the 360 and on the front end of the Xbox One life cycle. This doesn't have a whole lot to do with the Xbox One console itself, but EA should be embarrassed by the Madden product they produced for the Xbox One. I had the 360 version of Madden and traded up to get the Xbox One version, and to say that it's a direct port from the 360 version would be an insult to the 360 version. Many of the cool things about the 360 version were mysteriously left out of the Xbox One version, particularly the pregame intro videos that were on the 360. Beyond that, the best thing that can be said about the Xbox One Madden is that it's the only football game going on Xbox One. I presume that subsequent year's versions will be better as EA figures out how to utilize the graphical power of the Xbox One. Forza and NBA 2K14 need to be automatic purchases as they are clearly made for this console and show off it's power. I'm not even a big NBA fan, and I strongly recommend it just for showing off the console itself. If you owned the 360 version from its inception (2005 or 2006, I can't remember), then you know the games got much better as its life cycle got longer. I suspect that a year, two years from now, the games on the Xbox One will be out of this world. I'm not at all a PC gamer, so you folks may just snicker at that comment. But, for me as an occasional console gamer, I think the Xbox One has its best days in front of them for a long while. Microsoft has promised many updates to fix some of the issues that are cropping up, and I have no reason to doubt them. They made good on many of the issues that plagued the 360, and they have not been passed on to the Xbox One. As minor as the issues are on the Xbox One, I have no reason to believe that they won't address them as they did on the Xbox 360. I've read Cnet and others say that you should wait to get the Xbox One and the PS4 for that matter. I'm not entirely sure why you should punish yourself and wait. The updates are all streamed down through the internet, and there is no talk of improving hardware in future iterations at all. If you want one now, get one. Be patient and enjoy it for what it is. You will enjoy it straight out of the box, and I feel certain you can rest assured this will only get better. If I think of anything else that would be pertinent, I will update as we go. Feel free to ask questions as you wish. Hopefully, you have found this helpful. Merry Christmas, all.
I would recommend this to a friend
Can Only get Better from HerePosted
I'm not one to be obsessed with anything, but man can this thing do it all. I find myself using my Xbox one for everything because that is what it was built for. I play video games with great graphics, watch TV (Football usually) even while playing a game, and using Xbox fitness to get in shape while having fun. That's generally speaking; now let’s get into more detail. [Downloading] So the first thing right off the bat that you will notice is having to download many things including the update, apps, and video games to the hard drive. Luckily my internet speed is above average and I was able to download the update within 8 minutes, but the game downloads take closer to 25 minutes due to size. Fortunately the Xbox allows you to start playing once the game is half way done downloading, but not all features are ready by that point. Considering that you will not be downloading multitudes of games at once except for the very first time, it is not too much of a hassle. You can explore other features of the Xbox while you wait. 4.5/5 [Graphics] Whoa whoa.. whoa.. whoa.... whoa.... Louis this ain't my Batman cup.Alright but seriously, the graphics have blown my mind into a million little pixels of mixtures of RGB colors that create a satisfying sensation in my brain that increase my levels of serotonin. In translation, THESE GRAPHICS ARE FREAKING AWESOME! I currently own Madden, FIFA, and Battlefield. Battlefield showed an amazing difference in graphics that left my jaw dropping to the floor. The details in every inch, the vivid and accurate colors, the mass destruction, all brought the battlefield to life. Given that Battlefield is along with the very first Xbox one games, the road ahead is very long and the capabilities the Xbox has is sometimes hard to believe what is possible in the future. There is not much difference between the graphics of PS4 and Xbox one so that should not make you choose one or the other. But compared to the last generation, this is a huge improvement that is worth the money just for the graphics. 4.9/5 [Features] Well this is where the Xbox goes passed the PS4. Some things like Netflix and Amazon video are still there, it is the things like the ability to Skype, watch cable TV, do Xbox Fitness, and watch NFL games, and using snap, that really had me go towards the Xbox. There is almost no lag when watching TV through the Xbox which is something that was very well done. But the main feature that I find the most helpful is Xbox Fitness. There are not as many workouts as I had hoped but I think as time goes on they will continue to integrate more videos to work with the Fitness app. I was very surprised with how well the kinect was able to register my body movements. It was very fun how they would set a multiplier for doing to the move correctly and setting challenges in order to get achievements. This really makes exercising fun, which is something I REALLY need. The snap feature was also one of my favorites. I am able to play video games while another family member can be watching some TV, kind of like a PIP. A lot can be done with the Xbox, and I'm expecting many more apps to come out. 4.7/5 [Controller] Xbox 360 had the best controller by far. There was nothing better that I could ask for. Guess what, it got better. Xbox has been making a big deal out of the D-pad. It is true that it functions much better, but it wasn't worth making such a big deal about. The Bumpers on the controller are a little bit annoying. They take some getting used to because they are positioned slightly differently and make a very loud and annoying sound. The thumbsticks are smaller which is somewhat better and also have the edges a little tighter which keeps it from tearing like it did on my 360 controller. The positioning of the home button is much better in that it doesn't get in the way of the buttons. When my Dad plays, he might hit the center of the 360 button in the middle of the game, but this controller helps avoid that from happening. Overall it is similar to the 360 controller and I believe it is easy to get use to the new layout within a day or two. 4.6/5 [Design] Now this is an ugly Xbox, but that was kind of expected now wasn't it. The upside to this is that we will not have to go through the horrible red ring of death. It is capable of keeping cool and will not overheat even if on for 24 hours straight for every day, I would know. I'm sure within 2 or 3 years we will have a redesigned Xbox that is smaller, just like how the Xbox slim was released. Another upside is that the Xbox is very quiet which is quite surprising given the size and consumption of it. But until then, just be content with the fact that there is no more red ring. 3.5/5 (The 3.5 is mostly due to the upsides) [Xbox, Record That] Well the Xbox is constantly recording the last 5 minutes of gameplay so you can easily record anything, either automatically or with a voice command. Unfortunately I have been having trouble with the voice command so I have been stuck having to do it manually. Sharing videos with friends is very easy thanks to this. Hopefully people will reduce the uploads of there uninteresting videos and keep it restricted to only the ones worth watching. 3.9/5 [Movies] Finally a blu-ray player, I have been wanting this for many years. Although I already had one in my living room, I could really use one in my basement. Sometimes you just want to watch a movie by yourself without being disturbed or by disturbing others, this is why this came in handy. Now that I get almost all my movies either streaming or Blu-ray, the Xbox is my number 1 movie player. It is true that you have to download an app to play the blu-ray, but it's free and easy. 5/5 [Kinect] Well, well, well, so you add a Kinect Microsoft and you bump up the cost 100 bucks more than the PS4?... NO PROBLEM! I am not disappointed at all. The Kinect is amazing; 10 times better than the old kinect. I can say anything and the kinect will do it with ease. Also, almost all games have at least some kinect functionality. Battlefield lets you turn your head in order to turn your head in battlefield when in a vehicle which is really cool. FIFA allows subs to be made just by saying it which is also cool. As time goes on, I feel that the kinect will be more and more useful in these games. In the end, this is a great addition to the Xbox. 4.6/5 [Overall] With everything the Xbox has to offer, there is no other thing I would rather have. I give it a 4.46/5 for now, but I think I will rank it higher as time goes by. It has been great for everything, mainly gaming with revolutionary graphics. And remember, it can only get better from here.
I would recommend this to a friend
Not all it's cracked up to be.Posted
I've had this system for a few months now so figured I'd right a real review. Not all these five star one sentence reviews saying it's the greatest ever. Now I've been an Xbox fan since the first system and had my doubts as soon as the press conference was aired and some of the facts and details started emerging about the console and games. It seemed like they were most worried about the connect and watching tv on the system, not actual gaming. I put off getting the system at launch until I could play it and Playstation and read some of the reviews. I finally picked it up since my brother was nagging for me to get one and the games one 360 started going downhill fast. Most of the players submitted to the new system leaving few people left on 360 for games like MW2. Upon setting up the system and starting to mess around with it I didn't get the hype and supposed cutting edge technology. You could feel it was geared towards trying to be an all in one entertainment system and rushed to meet a deadline. Right off the bat somethings started bugging me. Like no rechargeable controllers, no wireless headsets, etc. The cable on the headset is really annoying and seems to get tangled and in the way more than a standard cable. I've also had alot of problems with the headset not connecting properly and having to re plug it in several times till it works (several friends and people online have the same problem). The controllers eat through batteries insanely fast and I'm glad I already had rechargeable batteries laying around. Pretty lame not to have a rechargeable controller or wireless headset. I guess so they can sell it to you later and make you buy accessories The interface and how it's set up is pretty annoying. If your in a game talking to someone in a lobby you have to go back to the home page just to see who's online, which cuts off your mic unless your in party chat. Then when you click on friends you have to wait for the lag as it pops up a feed list telling what people have been doing for the past few hours before you can click on friends. You also have to join a party just to play in a game with someone which is a huge pain. So you have to join your friends, try to get in a lobby together, then for games like Forza, switch off party chat to hear everyone else in the lobby. Also there is no avoided player option now. So get someone who's terrible or team killing or crashing on purpose and you can't do anything about it. Also muting in all the games I've played is a pain and still a pain in the lobbies. Onto the Kinect sensor. Yeah it's a cool toy and that's about it. The wow factor looses it's luster pretty quickly. The in game commands are neat but I could easily push a button to do it, besides having to mute my mic to yell medic without yelling over the voice chat. Also news flash people. The Kinect still sounds terrible if you use it as a mic unless your tv volume is really low and playing in a tiny room close to it. It still picks up in game noise and sounds like your across the street. The main annoyance is that when you unplug the mic, Kinect automatically starts acting as a mic. So if you don't want to talk or unplug the mic to answer the phone, Kinect still pics it up. I don't know how they thought that was a good idea. No you have people not using the mic and blaring the volume and you have to hear echoes all game. The graphics aren't that big of a jump for being next gen. I've got a high end 60'' led and good surround sound and don't see what all the hype is about. It is a bit noticeable, but more sound quality than anything. I've seen it at other people's houses and no difference either. The games are a complete disappointment for the most part. All of them have bugs and can tell were rushed. I'll go more into the games I've played so far. It seems like the days of buying the game and maybe 2 map packs are done. You get a sense after awhile that the game is short on purpose just to sell add ons later. I'd easily be happy playing MW2 and older Project Gotham Racing games. Battlefield 4- Wow this game was messed up at launch. Story mode wouldn't save the campaign, so you had to play the whole thing in one sitting. Way to easy on the hardest difficulty too. I'm not the greatest gamer but I could easily walk through the game. You also felt like you had your hand held and with the team the whole time too. No cool solo sniper missions or stuff like that. I still have every once in awhile have it freeze on the black screen in multiplayer and a few times in campaign. I finally broke down and got the premium and can say this game is worthless without it. Between the add ons, maps, they even connect you to games quicker. Unreal. The quality of players is terrible (worse than the average cod player) I see people level 40+ consistently going negative like 4 kills and 20 deaths. Alot more trolling on this system as well, especially if you use claymores. I keep having people team kill me cause I've set up a claymore and they run into it when I'm off the beaten path. The worst part is you get booted for it and people will do it on purpose as well. Call of duty- Ghosts I got suckered into another piece of trash from this franchise. After the initial problems with BF4 I decided to give this a try and the benefit of doubt that it might be good with it being on a new console. WRONG. The story mode was ok but short and eazy. You also have your hand held by your teammates the whole time. No real good characters and they expect you to think a few guys can take on the world and all it's armies. Not like previous games were your against a terrorist cell or a small group. It also ends with the usual "we'll have another game in a year for ya". The online graphics and feel are a joke. It's like black ops with new guns that all feel the same and numb. Some of the maps make zero sense with the story of the game too. The maps feel like they started with a box and saw what they could stuff into it. Again they tried to make flowing maps to keep the gameplay quick but all it does like before is make a haven for campers. A few of the maps you could literally stand still against some backgrounds and blend in too good. Forza 5- Probably my favorite game for this system, partially because they've ruined FPS games. There are less cars but it doesn't seem to have that big of an affect. It's just lacking in tracks, especially F1 and larger circuits for the higher class cars. I can't believe they released this game with out the Nurburgring. That is ridiculous! But I'm sure they'll improve with updates the price of the game..... Another aspect I hate is parts of the track that bring you to a dead stop. I know it's to keep cheaters from cutting turns but they've seemed to do it on parts where the slightest mistake and the race is over, then on other tracks you can cut entire turns and take them wide all the way to the wall with no problem. Once again, trying to stop cheaters has made others suffer. The quality of gamers is pretty low until late at night. You get alot of people flying into turns with no brakes, waiting for the leaders to crash into them, sitting in tight parts of the track and going just fast enough to turn off the ghosts settings. You should be a ghost if your a lap or two down. Basically wait till the kiddies go to bed to jump on. Apparently muscle cars and Jeeps are super cars in this game too. I don't care how much work you put into a 5000 lead sled, it won't brake, turn, and handle like a sports car. That brings me to the tuning aspect of this game, which is out of hand. This game takes alot of skill out of actual racing. I've had guys blow by me smacking into walls and making mistakes in the same car and pull away with huge leads. It's a war of how much time you have or what's the best tune you can find. I mean a new GTR in c class? C'mon. Now I've always considered my self a pretty good gamer. Usually top 3 in most races, positive k/d ratio and on the top of the teams. This game just takes alot of the skill out of the equation. assassins creed black flag- Can't say much about this game in detail as I only played it for a bit. I actually really liked it compared to the previous ones I played. I can't imagine the online being great. My only hope for this system in the near future is Titanfall and the supposed next Project Gotham Racing game (if that ever happens). I'm sure Halo will be another let down and waste of money. If your going to pick this system up and sick of the last few COD games, don;t get ghosts, nothing has changed and their just milking that franchise. If your new to Battlefield, it's way different than COD (possibly why I see so many people going negative). The first few guns you get will make the game very stressful. All and all, thanks Microsoft for dropping the ball. This system had so much hype and potential and you guys failed. I can turn on my tv and switch to games without you and the Kinect.
No, I would not 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
A fantastic product with a 'meh' launch lineupPosted
What I like: + 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. - 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. 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'm also disappointed that external storage via USB isn't supported at launch, though it sounds like that is coming later on. 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
Awesome all-in-one system!Posted
For the record, I'm just an ordinary guy who likes playing games. I'm not a techie, I don't do this for a living, just your everyday, run of the mill gamer. Overall it's a great system! The games are beautiful, even at high speeds. The Windows 8 OS looks brilliant and makes things easy to find. The pinning is a very nice touch, it allows a player to truly make the system their own. Hardware: I'm not going to get into the specs, but the actual hardware is beautiful. It is a very low profile piece of machinery, the black with white lighted accents adds to any decor. It is no bigger than your average cable box from your satellite or cable provider. The controls have a unique feeling to them, that can only be described as "nice"! And the controller's rumble triggers really bring games to life! The kinect uses some impressive tech, to take your gaming experience to the next level, with it's facial recognition to sign in and the ability to use you voice to do an array of things! The Xbox One is pretty quiet, if not for the lights, you could forget it's even on, which is a plus. None of the power buttons are raised, they all flush with the system and powering on resembles using a touch screen device. It was a breeze to set up, 2 cables, power and one to the TV. The power source is still rather bulky, but they have made it lighter, smaller, and a joy to look at. Software: As I said earlier, it uses the Windows 8 OS, and the windows explorer makes use of the much needed flashplayer. I will not discuss the specifics, as I am no computer science, or software major. It comes with an impressive 500GB of memory, which will be needed once you start buying games, because the Xbox One downloads the entire game to your console, however, you still need the actual disc to play. The store on the Xbox One is great, music, TV shows, and games, all at the push of a button. There are really cool apps to download, pretty much all of the major apps are available, such as Hulu plus, netflix, redbox, FOX, the CW and soooooooo many more! It comes stock with some very useful apps, such as snap, where you can have a type of picture in picture, where you can do two things at once, be it watch TV and play a game, or surf the web and watch TV, or whatever combination you can think of. I was a little disappointed in the functionality of the OneGuide and TV viewing. You can plug your cable box in and it automatically detects what it is, until it doesn't. I believe my box was manufactured in 2008, which is older, granted, but it works perfectly, just not with the Xbox One. I couldn't the console to operate my box, or television, as promised. I was quite frustrated. But I just decided not to use my box and console in tango until either I update to a new box, or Microsoft pushes out a new update to make older items work. But the things the Xbox One could do with my television and cable box SOUND awesome, if you are fortunate to make these items works in concert, then I would recommend it! Using the kinect and the stock app Upload, you can record game clips with your voice or with the in game DVR, and then share it, which is very cool! Highlights: Voice Control Facial Recognition Beautful Graphics and Beautuful Design Awesome Functionality Great Apps Hours Upon Hours of Fun A Joy to Have For Any and Everyone Shortcomings: Compatibility with any and all televisions as well as cable/satellite boxes I shouldn't have to wait long for a game to load when the entire game is saved to the console. You would think that such a futuristic system that acts like a computer would be able to not only recognize, but view, extract, play, and add things to an external hard drive. And oh by the way, the Xbox One is made by Microsoft, a computer software/hardware giant! Quite the piece of machinery if you ask me, I am very pleased with my purchase and wouldn't even think of taking it back or getting rid if it. The good definetly overshadows the bad in my opinion. I hope this was helpful! Now get the Xbox One and get gaming! You'll thank yourself later, and others will thank you as well.
I would recommend this to a friend
Xbox One ReviewPosted
However, the Xbox One really drew me in because of all the "next-gen" feeling features that it included. I'll go through each of those features and my thoughts on them now. I should say that I've owned the Xbox One for a few days now and put in about 40 hours using nearly off of it's available features. Games: This is the main reason people get the new consoles right? Ok, so maybe that's not totally true for the Xbox One because of all the media features it includes, but gaming is still at the center of what this console is meant to do. So far I have Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, and Just Dance as my games. None of these games is far and away better than the previous gen, but it is noticeably better. I expected this though, because it's not like we are going from standard def to high def like we did the previous generation. What really impresses me is the amount of content (e.g. zombies) on the screen at once the Xbox One can handle. I'm easily steam rolling hundreds of zombies at once with no slow downs. This is definitely in my opinion the best launch exclusive game. Forza 5 looks great and feels next gen, but the game itself doesn't really draw me in other than just for 15 minute burst racing sessions. Just Dance is a bit disappointing, but that is more a dock on the game itself. The Kinect portion works fantastically from what I can tell. Which leads me to, Kinect 2.0: Wow, what an improvement. The precision is fantastic for both motion and speech recognition. I honestly don't think it's misinterpreted any command that I've given yet which blows my mind compared to where the previous Kinect was at. I can't wait till more games tap into this feature more. This might be the biggest surprise of the new Xbox One yet. I'm glad they made it such an integrated experience and bundled them together. It truly improves the experience. Yes, they could have made the Xbox One cheaper by not including it, but then it wouldn't be nearly as great of a product. Interface: This is the part that I think needs the most work. I'm familiar with Windows 8, so overall I think it looks great and navigation is usually straight forward. There are just some things that standout. First would be the friends list and messages. It's much harder to look at your friends online and read messages than the 360. I'm hoping this is fixed soon as it seems a lot of people are complaining about it. Also I think the "pins" could be done a bit better. Make it easier to arrange them. Sometimes it takes too many actions to get to popular games/apps. This is made drastically easier by voice commands though which I've started doing every time. TV Integration: This is the feature that I'm still getting used to the most. It takes a bit of time to relearn a new interface and way to navigation TV, but so far I think it's a big improvement over my normal cable box interface. Navigation is super simple with voice commands and it's a lot more customizable for getting to my favorite channels and looking at the TV guide. My favorite part of this is probably the "snap" feature where I can watch TV, but split the screen with something else. This has worked really great for me so far. I do think it can get even better though with better content to snap to the side. I also think the audio streams need to be able to get controlled. Right now they just play over each other which can be a mess. Should have voice commands to turn some on/off up/down. My wife also hasn't had much difficultly transitioning to watching TV through the Xbox. She's to the point now where she likes it more because it removes a lot of steps we use to have to do with remotes and she likes the voice commands. Design: I'll admit that I don't really care about this that much. Is it big? Ya, it's bigger than my slim 360, but it fits on my TV stand no problem and I don't expect to move it. I like the look too. It's simple which I like. It's super quiet which is the most important thing in my book after my airplane engine original 360. The power brick is on the outside, but I don't care. That's hidden from view behind my stand. It keeps the Xbox One really low temperature which I hope increases its lifespan. Controller: The 360's controller was my favorite of all time. It felt amazing in my hand and it was extremely durable (I only broke one, and that's saying something considering I'm a notorious controller thrower). The Xbox One? I'd say parts of it are better and parts of it are worse. It feels a bit more like a toy than the 360. It's lighter and feels a bit more flimsy. Maybe it's not, time will tell. The triggers feel amazing, but the best upgrade is the thumbsticks. They feel great and are easy to use. I don't expect any thumb fatigue from these. Lots of people say d-pad is upgraded which I'd agree with, but I didn't really have any troubles with the one on the 360. My biggest gripe about the controller is piece of plastic that seals in the battery at the back of the controller. I don't think it seals tight enough and wiggles around slightly which bugs me. I also don't like having to pay extra for a battery pack and charger. The battery charge lasts a long time so far, but it better with the price that I paid for it. Better have a long shelf life or I'll be pretty disappointed. The controller is extremely responsive, but so was the 360's controller. I'd say overall I like the controller a bit less than the 360, but who knows if that'll change overtime. Other apps: The selection of apps for the Xbox One is good, but not great. It has all the standard ones like Netflix, Hulu, but is missing my personal favorite from the 360, HBO Go. They said they'll get that eventually and it can't come soon enough (the main reason my 360 is still plugged into my primary TV). Yes, you have to have XBL gold to use these which is a bit awkward. But my question would be why would you have an Xbox One and not have gold? If you just wanted to stream then a roku is way cheaper and smaller. Xbox One is mainly for gaming and XBL gold is super integrated into gaming and is one of the best features about the Xbox brand. Like I said earlier I'm not that sold on "sharing" features so I don't really plan on using like the Twitch app. Overall, the current selection is OK and what's there works well. It just needs more. I will mention that I'm a big NFL fan and like all the NFL app integration into the Xbox One.
I would recommend this to a friend
great next-gen systemPosted
Waited in line for midnight release and boy was it worth it, haven't seen anymore in stock for a week. So far I have played COD ghosts, Forza 5 LE, Dead Rising 3 and I've been extremely happy with all three. The graphics are really good and are a major improvement over the 360 which is too be expected, when I played the display at a Microsoft store it was like looking through a window and in makes my 4 year old sony lcd 46" look like our new Samsung led 55" we got in 2012. The controller has some nice features, no protruding battery, the IR sensors are cool, the smaller thumbsticks & large triggers feel great but the LB/RB buttons feel harder to reach than before and the texture is slippery with dry hands. Kinect 2.0 works very well once you learn the commands & remember to say xbox first. The old kinect was frustrating & could never hear me unless I yelled, but the new kinect can hear just your everyday normal voice. I'm amazed at the features the Xbox one can do, I had know idea it could automatically turn my TV & DirecTv box on & off as well as control volume/mute, change channels via Kinect, play/pause recorded shows, record gameplay, and much more. And when I saw in the settings it could control TVs & Sat boxes I didn't think it would work with my 4 year old tv that has no smart features and a new but basic second room Satellite box but it connected & worked with both easily. I charged the rechargeable battery twice after two 6-10 hour gaming sessions but have since played at least 24 hrs without charging and the controller has showed no signs of dying anytime soon, but there is no more battery meter in the menu so you really have no clue when it will die. Xbox live appearance could be refined some more. I hope Microsoft has a remote in the works, it would come in handy when I want to watch TV at nite or just turn everything off but don't won't to use the controller and can't talk cause others are sleeping . Other people seem to be having a bunch of different issues but I haven't experienced anything major. My only problem has been that it stopped turning my TV/Sat box on and wouldn't pass through a sat signal after being on for 6 days, all I had to do was a hard reset/reboot and its been working fine since. For $500 a extra controller and a bigger hard drive would have been nice, but I'll take what's offered since we really don't have any say so. Xbox 360 was a way better console than PS3 (especially after sony started making them cheap) but this time around the hardware specs and price are making the PS4 the better choice, and while I don't regret purchasing the XBOX ONE I might just have to get a PS4 too so that I'll have them both.
I would recommend this to a friend
A good console that has a LONG way to go.Posted
I have mix feelings about this console but it is indeed a good console none the less. There a lot of strange things with the Xbox One going on and I see this console is going to need a lot of updates to really show what future this system holds. The Xbox 360 have many features that makes it simple that this console does not. I'm just going to break this down as quickly as possible: TV and Video apps : I do enjoy the video and TV features very much. The voice commands makes it much easier to get to switch video apps. Sometimes voice picks up and sometimes it doesn't; often times you have to repeat yourself but when it works...it works pretty well. I like having HDMI IN and watching cable TV on it but if you ask me it would have been so much better just to put a cox input in the back of the device and work with cable providers in areas. Apps pretty much needs Xbox live so you have to pay a monthly or yearly sub to use things you already pay for like Netflix and Hulu, This absolutely makes no sense when their competitors like Wii U and PS4 doesn't have these apps behind a paywall. Why do I need to pay to use You-Tube? So far app apps work without a hitch, but there are some Apps on Xbox 360 that missing from here. Also I don't even know why DLNA is missing from this console. That is something they should add back in. OS: Its pretty much Windows 8 on a console. Some will hate it and some will love it. that depends on the person. I really don't mind it but the OS really feels like its still suck in a "BETA" stage at this time of writing. Everything is in deep layers and its not very intuitive. There have to be a better way to organize this console OS. Once Microsoft fix this it will be an awesome. I would like a way to organize my pins better personally so I can have games and apps from each other. Games: Games looks great but I'm a PC gamer and have already been spoiled by finer graphics. That's not to say the Xbox One doesn't hold its own and the games looks awesome for what it does. Enjoyed Killer Instinct and I have to say one of my favorite on the console; pulling off combos on this game is very satisfying. Forza Motorsport 5 is a beautiful game and pretty much a great racer in my eyes. My girlfriend enjoys playing COD and Dead Rising 3. Every game I have tried have to be installed to the hard drive, There is no way around it. You will simply have to wait until the game is ready to play. For me this is not an issue because I use Steam but I pretty much can see how console gamers would be annoyed at the wait. But then again with games like GTA V and COD Ghost on PS3 and Xbox 360 had to be installed on the HDD. That's pretty much what the future is now so you have to get use to it going into the new consoles. Here is where my problem comes in...The Digital games in XBL marketplace is still the same price as when you buy it in stores. Amazon has Forza 5 pretty much for $50 while on Xbox Live is still sitting at $60. For them to expect us to go all Digital with out games why not have some weekly sales already? if you want to be like Steam show some promise to the gamers that you can pull this off Microsoft. Otherwise Digital will always be dead in the water. Design: Its a black box and yes it looks like a VCR. Which doesn't bother me at all because at-lease now this console is well ventilated from the Original Xbox 360. What bothers me is the glossy shiny black on this console and its really annoying. It baffles me why they didn't go with a Matte color all the way around. This thing is a massive dust collector and after 2 days of use it already collecting dust upon it. Kinect 2.0: I like using it to be honest. When it works...it works well. My girlfriend and I often find ourself using the voice commands the most. Like I said before sometimes a repeat is necessary but I do see updates coming in the future to fix these problems. None of the games I tried that used Kinect 2.0 really work that well with motion controls but the one app that did work perfectly was Xbox Fitness which I love using. Kinect Sports Rivals was not a good example and it was more frustrating then fun. Overall: Yes, The Xbox One is a good console and its really solid. I have to hand Microsoft that even after all the terrible PR they are going through. You really get a lot for your money....but to me this console isn't worth the price tag of $500. I would wait until the Xbox One is $400 or less because truthfully the Xbox 360 and PS3 would still tie you over for at-lease 2-3 years. While the Graphics are great they are nothing earth-shattering that you would need to have RIGHT NOW. This console needs A LOT more updates and I do mean a lot before it can really shine but I believe once it receives that treatment this will be one of the best consoles out there even with the negativity surrounding it at this moment. I will not be returning my Xbox One because I see there is a pretty big future and promise as long as Microsoft stick with it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great gaming console but does more...Posted
First I have to admit I was pretty much split down the middle when it came to picking the Xbox One or PS4. Obviously I went with the Xbox One but I will get the PS4 later for sure. So if you are in the same boat and trying to make the same decision, perhaps this review may help you a bit. Pros: To The Point: Easy out of the box setup. If you're looking to just use the Xbox for purely gaming, setup is very quick. There is a 500mb mandatory update right at the beginning. After the update, everything else is pretty simple and you can get right into playing your game disc or downloading games to play (Live is required.) Personally, I watch tv, mainly sports so my setup also included using my Xbox to control my TV, A/V Receiver, and cable box (comcast). There is a super user friendly walkthrough for this entire process, so don't be nervous about not getting it right. Just be patient, follow the steps, and you'll be good to go. You're in Control: While the HDMI in featuer is really cool, what I love most is the fact that Xbox allows me to control my television with voice commands via the Kinect. I can even control DVR functionality with voice commands as well. This is very intuitive and pretty cool to use. I've heard of some people having trouble with the Kinect understanding their commands but I haven't run into this issue yet. Hidden Gems: Another feature I kind of discovered since it wasn't really advertised, at least to my knowledge is the fact that I can seamlessly resume a game or app I was last playing before I turned off my Xbox. For example, if I turn off the Xbox in the middle of playing NBA 2k14, when I come back the next day, I resume at the same spot. This is very convenient. Bells and Whistles: Other features that are more obvious, like snapping apps, using gestures to expand and collapse apps, etc. work well but I find that I dont use these features too much for now at least. Cool and Quiet: The system boots up fairly quickly and is very quiet. And from what I can tell is able to stay pretty cool even after hours of staying on. Pretty Visuals: The games look amazing. I have two games that I purchased: NBA 2k14 and Dead Rising 3. Two very different games but both have stunning graphics. I don't know exact frame rates or how to get that info but from what I can tell, both of these games run smoothly. If this is the first generation of games, then I am excited to see what the future holds, which leads us to.... Cons: Weak Library (for now): Right now I'm enjoying NBA 2k14 and Dead Rising 3. NBA 2k14, is available on other consoles, even last gen. Dead Rising 3 and a couple of other games are Xbox exclusives. To me, the current exclusives and game library overall is lacking. Watch Dogs, and Project Spark (beta access should be available this month) were delayed. I know a few games are set to come out in spring and summer but the real blockbusters are set for winter 2014 (Watch Dogs, Destiny, etc.). At least we have something to look forward to. I hope this review was helpful :D
I would recommend this to a friend
Great media features, and excellent gamingPosted
I bought the Xbox One knowing it has a lot of built in media control, but not expecting to use or like the voice controls. I have been very pleasantly surprised by how well they work, and how fast and useful they are. Setup Setup is very simple, plug in the power brick, Kinect, and plug in an HDMI cable and you are set. If you want to use the Xbox to control your cable/satellite box, plug its HDMI out into the Xbox One's HDMI in connection. After that, power it on and it will walk you through the software setup. Kinect/Voice Command Once you are setup (and here's a tip, make sure when it says to turn your speakers loud for the Kinect setup, turn them as loud as you can), you can start playing games or just playing with the voice controls and dashboard. Try saying "Xbox select" and it will show you all the voice commands you can use on that particular screen. If you just say "Xbox" and wait, it will bring up a list of voice commands, if you then say "more shortcuts" it will bring up a list of all voice commands. It may feel weird at first, but it is handy and fast to use the voice commands once you get used to them. It is also very "I'm living in the future, now". Dashboard The dashboard should look familiar to anyone coming from the 360 or Windows 8. Lots of tiles. You can pin your favorites, and they will be in the left pane of the dashboard. The home section will contain your last 5 apps used, whatever is in the disk drive, and your profile and friends list. If you look at your profile, you will see a feed of all your friends' activities including any 360 friends you have. There is also an achievement section for all of your achievements, though this is not very well organized to look through. In the right pane is the store. You can buy games, movies, TV shows, and music from there and they will download right to the drive for you. A few minor annoyances, I am unaware of how to view your download queue, and I am unaware of how you can manage your space on the included 500 GB drive. I know you can delete games if you like and re-download them when you want, but I haven't seen a way to view how much free space you have. Apps There are quite a few apps available right away. I've installed the usuals like Netflix, YouTube, Xbox video, the Blu-ray player, and many others to try out. They all work as you expect, and have a little different interface than the old Xbox 360. They also launch pretty fast. Games I've been playing Forza a bit, and it is beautiful. The cars look incredible, and the tracks are great. Dead Rising 3 is a very fun game as well. It doesn't necessarily scream next-gen like Forza does, but with the numbers of zombies on the screen and the huge open world, it sure plays like a next-gen game. Ryse is another beautiful game. In my opinion, it plays a bit like Assassin's Creed, but with a shorter story. I feel this is a game that deserves better than most of the reviewers are giving it credit for. Powerstar Golf is fun, it is like a next-gen Hot Shots Golf if you played those. It is also a download only game from the Xbox Store. Lego Marvel Super Heroes is another good one, this time for the kids. I bought this for my kids and they love it. T