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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent console, and if you don't want Kinect, you don't have to have it., 10 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Xbox One Console (Console)
I had a lot to finish on my Xbox 360, so it took me until this July to get an Xbox One. On the strength of Titanfall and Tomb Raider the graphics are excellent and as time goes by I'm sure games will be even more impressive in this regard (after all, at the start of the 360 who would have thought you could run a game like GTA5 on it?).

This version does not have Kinect. I never really used Kinect on the 360 other than Fruit Ninja, but friends have it on their Xbox Ones and although it's apparently an improved version, you don't need it. The Xbox One's operating system allows you to "snap" another app to the side of the screen - for example, you can plug your TV feed in and watch it whilst playing a game. You double tap the Xbox button to do that if you don't have a Kinect, so the feature is still workable.

Achievements on the new console are tracked so that if you need to, for example, hit 10000 pegs in Peggle 2, you can see your progress as a percentage bar. Achievement pictures are much larger and you can get additional achievements for time based challenges, although these do not carry gamerscore. Bizarrely all games have 1000 gamerscore minimum, even one that costs £4 (Sixty second Shooter Prime).

The controller is much better than the 360 version, which until I bought my Xbox One I did not think possible. It's more responsive, feels better and the shoulder buttons are now a lot easier to use. Plus this controller finally gets the vibrate feature right.

The unit itself is bigger and can only lie flat. I don't see either of those things as a problem. The headset is good too. My only complaints so far are that the "desktop" needs to be more customisable, and the + and - on the battery compartment are not plain enough. I'd have preferred the Play and Charge kit to come with the console, but I guess leaving it out brings the price down (as with the Kinect). I decided to buy one though because the battery indicator on the "desktop" is no real warning. The screen should flash up that battery is getting low, but it doesn't and in the middle of a multiplayer game that is more than annoying.*

*UPDATE (20/08/14) - The Xbox One desktop has now been updated to allow you to comment on friends' achievements and it's also added a low battery popup, which is something Microsoft say a lot of people asked for.

Pros:

Excellent graphics, HD and frame rate
Multitasking
New and improved controller
"Games for Gold"
Great games already out and several more coming late 2014.

Cons:

Desktop interface needs improvement
Play and Charge Kit is separate and expensive for what it is
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