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Oh Microsoft...what have you done?
21 September 2018
I've been out of the Xbox ecosystem since the 360 but I really wanted a 4K Blu-Ray player that didn't cost the earth. Seeing as my PS4Pro stupidly doesn't have one the Xbox One S was a no-brainer.
It's a smart looking console, it's quiet and performs well BUT WTF has Microsoft done to the interface/dashboard? It's got to be the worst user experience I've ever come across. As an IT professional I'm dipping in and out of Android, iOS all flavours of Windows and Linux on a daily basis and I've never seen anything as awful as this.
Nothing's going to beat the 1.0 Xbox 360 stacked sheets, the Metro Interface that finally dropped on the 360 was horrible but manageable, but holey moley MS have really dropped the ball on the XB1.
So the three stars go to the hardware, the Blu-Ray performance and the nice controller (which is taking some getting used to), but I gotta knock off 2 stars for the interface. What a disaster.