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Microsoft Xbox One Review,
This review is from: Xbox One Console (Console)
Well.... I've owned the console since launch day and I have a Day One Edition, it's now time to write my review and share my thoughts.
Unfortunately my console was one of many that was a Day One Disk Cruncher and it took me 2 MONTHS (65 days to be exact) to get a replacement. I could still play download games and since getting a replacement I've played quite a few disk games.
The console itself has a glossy black finish with vents grooved into the right side on top. The left side houses the optical drive where the disks slide into the hole, as opposed to the old 360 disk tray system. On the left side of the console is the USB connection for the inevitable external hard drive upgrade that you'll have to perform after you own more than 15 games due to the paltry 500GB non upgradeable hard drive.
The Xbox One hardware is a very hard one to judge, after all how can you critic a system that's only been on sale a few months? But herein the problems lies, spec for spec in terms of raw processing power the PS4 can do 25% more and every cross platform game released so far has graphically been superior on PS4. Only time will tell with this one as once the game developers are fully accustomed to the XB1 APIs it will be capable of some beautiful games.
The system is not backward compatible with Xbox 360 games and the 'HDMI in' suffers from about 1.5 seconds of input/output lag, meaning if you want to continue playing your Xbox 360 games you're going to have to keep it connected up to your TV.
The new controller is probably the best one Microsoft have ever made. The layout is pretty much the same as the 360's but the new triggers are it's best feature, they give you a level of accuracy that I've never experienced outside of specialised gaming pads. While playing Forza 5 you can accurately change the throttle and brake in 5% graduations, they're big enough and very comfortable to use for hours on end. The two thumb sticks have a grooved rim which adds to their grip and the d-pad is also a huge improvement as its now an actual cross shaped d-pad.
The Xbox One dashboard is now very similar to Windows 8, it takes a little to get accustomed to it but after 30mins you'll be able to navigate it with ease, I still prefer the 360's old dashboard though. The console needs a 9GB Day One patch so the internet is a necessity even to play offline games. You'll also need to download a Blu Ray media player and codecs in order to play BR disks, I also still cannot get my Panasonic BTT-590 5.1 surround sound system working with the XB1 as Microsoft STILL haven't released a 24 bit sound patch...
Kinect is probably the worse thing about the whole package, it's just absolutely useless. Every function that it has in games are just pure gimmicks and it doesn't actually add anything to the experience. In Dead Rising 3 you can bark gibberish that will grab the zombies attention and in Forza 5 you can use head tracking, that is literally it... oh yeah, you can say Xbox on...
My conclusions from the Xbox One are mixed at best, there's the obvious evolutionary advances over the 360 but with that comes the misdirected attempt by Microsoft to turn Xbox from a gaming console into a multimedia centre. Here again is another problem for gamers outside of the US as pretty much all the multimedia features will only work on the US Mainland. At this moment in time the XB1 is not worth £425 and there isn't a single game worth buying the console for. My advise for any prospective customers would be to wait for a price drop and a couple of good games.
The 'One' and only box you'll require under your TV, year right, not unless you want to play your old 360 games....
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2014 12:01:48 GMT
You know you can delete games right? Do you really NEED 15 games on your hard drive at all times? Especially since it takes what 15 minutes to install a game? Hardly a mindblowing problem. Besides, the Xbox One hard drive is not entirely replaceable. You will void your warranty if you do so. Seems like a pretty trivial problem to have with it at the expense of 15 minutes (which will likely get smaller as they improve the OS).
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2014 18:10:42 GMT
You do realise that only 362GB is available to users and the rest is reserved for the system right?
You're correct though, you can delete games on your HDD to make room for other games and by owning games on disks this is a lot easier, but I think you're missing the point.
The point is that a non interchangeable 500GB drive is a design flaw. You should also be asking yourself why you have to take apart the £425 games console you've just bought in order to upgrade it....
Even the 1st gen Xbox 360 had an easily changeable HDD, when it was released 20GB was more than enough but I've almost filled the 240GB HDD I've now got.
NBA 2K14 is 43GB in size, easily deleted but it'll take you more than 24 hours to download again on the average UK internet connection speed. What about the GBs of DLC that can be downloaded? Battlefield 4 will have 20GBs of DLC packs are you just going to delete/download at whim?
Considering you can buy a 2TB Sky+ box there is no excuse that a £425 games console launches with a 500GB HDD, you can be sure that Microsoft will release a 1TB XB1 this year.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2014 03:55:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Feb 2014 02:09:57 GMT
D. Snow says:
>the Xbox One hard drive is not entirely replaceable. You will void your warranty if you do so.
It's easy to replace the internal hard drive in the PS4, you can even install a super-fast SSD. And the warranty is not voided either! Sony is much more user-friendly, Sony is cheaper, and Sony is 50% faster than XBone.
Did you guys hear the latest news? The new Metal Gear Solid runs at 1080p on the PS4, but XBone can only run it at 720p. XBone doesn't have the power to run at 1080p. What a shame...
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Feb 2014 22:37:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Feb 2014 07:57:27 GMT
It's not that it doesn't have the power, it's that the system architecture with it's 32MB of eRAM is harder to program for. It will take time for the devs to get the best out of the XB1 and it's still in early days. Don't get me wrong though, the PS4 console has 25% more processing power.
Microsoft promised 'Cloud Processing' which is suppose to take the bulk of processing the off the console and onto Xbox Live servers, will this happen? I really couldn't tell you...
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2014 22:27:32 GMT
Actually it's much harder to to program on the playstation, it's why most games are made on the xbox/pc first then ported over.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2014 14:28:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Feb 2014 16:22:32 GMT
Maybe for the PS3. But the PS4 uses almost the exact same AMD x86 APU as the XB1, only it's bigger and more powerful.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2014 08:02:14 GMT
D. Snow says:
>Microsoft promised 'Cloud Processing' which is suppose to take the bulk of processing the off the console and onto Xbox Live servers
As an American, let me try and use a UK expression:
Microsoft's Cloud Processing is a load of b0llocks! It's just marketing nonsense, it will never make games run faster. Most American gamers just laugh at the XBone, it is weak and overpriced! Wait a year and then get the PS4 when some good games come out...
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2014 13:34:02 GMT
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