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5.0 out of 5 stars
Xbox One Review, 30 Nov 2013
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
Theres been a lot of talk about gaming only being focused on by Sony but i can tell you this isn't the case. I have had the Xbox one since launch and couldn't be happier. (I have owned almost every console and home games computer spectrum / c64 / amiga / nes etcetc) The reason I am primarily an Xbox fan is because of Xbox Live, the online offering, the ability to communicate with freinds no matter if you are all doing different things and the ability to then all jump into one game easily is killer functionality. I owned a PS3 and apart form of the killer exclusives, it was a blu-ray player, I played maybe 7 games in its entire lifecycle.
So onto this gen, let's get the one issue out of the way the Xbox is a lot more expensive and that cost comes in the form of the 1080p kinect. Yes it adds a lot of cost but what do you get, well walk into your living room in the morning say "Xbox On" and watch the power light come on. Now if your sky box or cable box is plugged into it, you can now say "Xbox Watch TV" and in a second the interface will be replaced with live tv. Say "Xbox Go Home" and you are back to the Xbox Dashboard with Live TV running in on e of the panels so you can still see what you watching. Once you say "Xbox" most features are now voice controlled (including saying volume up or down once you have set it up). You have Skype, as soon as installed skype from the apps list, I video called my best friend and he answered on his ipad mini and i was sat on my sofa. Theres loads more but lets cover of some other bits.
Put your game in and the console starts installing automatically, and you can get gaming before the game is even fully installed, once ready your Xbox will tell you with an on screen notification. You can switch between gaming and live tv and dashboard at a voice command and on the gaming front it will pickup right where you left off. Graphically the product is amazing and all you have to do is look at where the 360 was at launch and what the games looked like 7 years later. Looking at Battlefield 4 now i cannot even imagine how good games will look in 4 or 5. The Xbox controller is excellent and a great refinement on the 360's which was in my opinion the best one ever made. At launch, there is something for everyone, hack and slash with Ryse, racing with Forza and Need for Speed, fighting with Killer Instinct and Shooting with Battlefield 4 (arguable the most impressive title at launch)
Yes its larger than the PS4 but its also quieter, if the white Xbox circular logo wasn't lit you wouldn't know it was on. Personally I like the functional rectangular box and it looks great under my TV. The fact you can choose to or choose not to run your cable or sky box into what is a great games console as well makes this machine a killer addition to your home for the next 5-7 years.