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5.0 out of 5 stars Xbox One: The Next Generation, 27 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: Xbox One Console: Day One Edition (with FIFA 14 download code) (Console)
Having through every installment of the Xbox Console, I was eager to try out Microsoft next generation console.
To be honest though I was weary since I have been seeing other people having issues i.e. Update, Disc Drive, Fizzing noises etc.

But put it this way, I have switched it on and off many times, tried game discs and downloading content, and so far it has been a great experience.

The UI has been given an overhaul and although it does take some getting used to, its as innovative as it is fun to use. Note that I am in Cyprus where Xbox Live is not fully supported and not included in the list of countries being launched. Hats off to Microsoft that not only delivered on what is promised but also delivering a console that works outside the designated regions.

Ok so what did I like:
- The console is bigger but the all black finish of it makes it look like a satellite box than anything else. For all you Xbox 360 gamers, make room...your new Xbox One needs it.
- The controller looks and handles much better than the 360 controller. Once you start using it you start to wonder how you can ever go back to the 360 version.
- Pins and Apps are nice addition to the UI. Pin anything you want so that you can have quick access to it from your home page.
- Kinect, I was ironing my shirt today getting ready for work when I got bored and wanted to watch some TV. Saying "Xbox On" and then "Xbox Watch TV" does the trick, even from the other side of the apartment.
- Wide range of great apps to use.
- Games look great and handle really well on the new controller.
- Recording and uploading your own gameplay videos is easy as it is fun, but you have to remember that so that your can say "Xbox record that". Will take some getting used to.

Now the downside:
- Installing games is somewhat new to to the console arena. Granted back in the 360 you had the option to install them, but the games were 6 gigabytes max. Now you are looking at 20 to 30 per game. This means that it takes a while for the game to install even though you can start playing it about 50% of the way. But that's not the issue here. The fact of the matter is when you buy a new game you are more than likely going to have to update it. Case in point Call of Duty. When you insert the game for the first time to play it, the installation is paused on 0% for a long time. Why? Because in the mean time it has to download first the 1.2gig update. So if you want to play it, disconnect your Xbox One from the net, install the game, then re-connect to download the update. That way you are not waiting for both to happen and you get the play the game in the mean time.
- Xbox One guide does not work for me, but that is to be expected as I am in a country that is not supported fully.
- Not enough mainstream games
- Cannot see how much memory I have left on the Hard Drive

Overall I love it and I recommend this hardware to any gamer or non-gamer of any age.
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