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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood in the Water? I'd hold off if I were you, 22 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Xbox One Console with Kinect (Console)
We finally have all three major console players in the game, with Valve's Steam Box hoping to edge its way into the fight for your hard-earned entertainment dollar. Of the three main offerings, the Xbox One has been the last to launch and is the most expensive with $499, whereas the PS4 is $399 and the Wii U is $299.

To say the Xbox One has had a rough PR road to hoe is putting it lightly. Like Microsoft's flagship product, Windows 8 with its tabet approach, abolition of the start menu, and closed Windows store, the Xbox One was meant to be a radical reinvention of the Xbox brand, with most of the changes being controversial, to say the least. Initially, Microsoft designed the Xbox One to always be online. If disconnected from the Internet, the system would need to connect at least once very 24 hours, or the system would be unable to play any games. All games were tied to an Xbox Live account and console, effectively destroying the used video game market in regards to Xbox titles. Lastly, the system originally mandated that you use a Kinect motion camera in order to operate the system.

These `features' were met with such severe consumer backlash to the point that Microsoft reversed these requirements/policies. Still, these proposed policies greatly damaged the public's perception of the system.

Kotaku (among others) have also reported that they have heard from industry sources that Microsoft has been hard pressed getting the operating system and core applications ready for the November 22 launch. Kotaku's sources have also suggested that Xbox One's developer kits are "buggy". According to Pete Dodd, a blogger who is apparently well-connected and treated as an authoritative source, post this: ""So if you are playing by yourself and just playing the game online it should be fine. But if you're in a party, people get dropped. Voice chat cuts in and out. Certain app combinations make the machine crash completely." Apparently there are SIGNIFICANT issues with the Network infrastructure and Xbox Live, and, in the words of Kotaku, these systems will be coming in "hot".

So what do you get for your $500 dollars besides the console? An external power brick, a chat headset and controller, a 6 foot HDMI cable, and a Kinect sensor. When you power up the system, there will be a mandatory, day one update (so you better have Internet connection available). The UI is based off Windows 8's approach, so depending on how you feel about Windows 8's UI will determine your opinion of the Xbox One.

The Xbox One is marketed as being the central entertainment device in your living room, which is why the gaming industry and pundits mocked Microsoft during their press conference - the focus was largely on everything else the system did and not the games. The system is able to input and output HDMI audio and video, with the intention of being able to operate your entire entertainment setup using only your voice.

In comparison to the Wii U and PS4, the Xbox One is massive. The system weights eight lbs, is 13.5 inches wide by 10.4 inches deep by 3.2 inches tall, with numerous vents on top arnd around the sides (which it was designed for nearly always being on). Like the PS4, the Xbox One is not backwards compatible. As with most new systems, the launch titles, while marginally better looking than their PS3 and Xbox 360 counterparts, haven't hit their stride in showing what the respective systems can do.

IMPORTANT: Xbox One only connects via HDMI cable; you cannot connect the console to a standard definition TV

While there are several excellent features, most are tied to the subscription based Xbox Live Gold account which is sixty dollars a year. . The following features require the subscription in addition to the monthly fees you already have to pay for several of these services: Netflix, Skype, Hulu Plus, Game DVR, the Web Browser (of all things), and the NFL Application.

The primary selling point is Kinect, where you can engage in all your Star Trek fantasies by talking to your TV and game console and them actually responding to your voice commands. But if we learn from history, it's that technology doesn't only work flawlessly, and often times Kinect will not respond correctly. Like Bill Gates getting a BSOD during the reveal of Windows `98, Kinect, while fancy, still has some significant reliability issues.

Although [While] the system's capabilities are impressive on paper (TV, web browsing, video streaming, and a UI that supports voice and motion control), the higher retail cost and continuing subscription fees are significant drawbacks in these economically challenging times. Hardware launches are never easy, and it may be better to just let the dust settle and wait six months to a year for Microsoft to work all the kinks out.

While on paper the Xbox One may be a powerhouse of a system, overall the PS4 slightly outperfomrs it. Microsoft botched the initial reveal so badly that I recommend waiting, especially given all the rumours floating around. Obviously you cannot take every rumour at face value, but when respectable, authoritative sources are reporting sharks in the water, you may want to start looking for fins.
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Initial post: 22 Nov 2013 05:20:07 GMT
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Butch says:
Wrote that yourself did you?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 06:27:15 GMT
Louis Wales says:
[Customers don't think this post adds to the discussion. Show post anyway. Show all unhelpful posts.]

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 07:26:41 GMT
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Dave Evans says:
Jesus, people like you are a cancer to gaming. Someone with a negative opinion of my precious console?! OH NO! MUST BE A SONY FANBOY! MUST BE A TROLL!

Grow up dude.

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 09:04:39 GMT
Ragdon says:
I like this part:
"IMPORTANT: Xbox One only connects via HDMI cable; you cannot connect the console to a standard definition TV".
You are dinosaur.

Posted on 22 Nov 2013 09:34:57 GMT
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Posted on 22 Nov 2013 12:37:45 GMT
G. Duncan says:
You have entirely invalidated your review by quoting FamousMortimer, from NeoGaf infamy.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 13:52:43 GMT
Louis Wales says:
Well that's that sorted, I want to read about peoples experiences not what they think they know

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2013 15:43:16 GMT
DJ. Austen says:
here here !!! amazing, im a PC gamer, i was and have been reviewing both consoles closely, and while i can understand consoles NOT working with hardware malfunctions thats a bad case of bad luck, not every peice of tech goes out 100% fail free, and to get a failed PS4 or Xb1 is just damn anoying, however.. saying things like certain features wer not working and wont work for a while, is being a bit toooo impatient no? i mean for BOTH consoles! not everything WILl work 3hrs after launch or even 3 weeks perhaps...

i will say this though, when the PS4 was launched i went looking at reviews etc, and all i saw were PS owners reviewing them, i didnt see any Xb people claiming to be PS owners and slagging it off, as i have done all over amazon for the XB1?

come on guys, PS guys you shouldnt be debasing yourselves like this, you are just making the XB fan bois look more mature and dare i say it "right"? get a RIG and leave the consoles for a year, at that stage they will be crying for your $$££ where as at the moment they are hitting you over the head like a dozy apple fanboi queing outside the shop...
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