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4.0 out of 5 stars Heir to the throne., 24 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Xbox One 500GB Console with Kinect (Console)
The console was delivered first thing on launch day. It connected fine to wifi and a Microsoft server DNS issue was quickly resolved. The initial out of the box update took around 10-20 minutes. Set up is intuitive and Xbox live accounts quickly recognised. Kinect setup takes minutes and works much better than the original (almost beta) version.The case is considerably bigger than the Xbox 360 and may cause concern for people with limited space. The console runs very cool with no discernible rise in temperature on the outside of the case. The power brick does, however, get warm.

The software borrows much from Windows mobile OS and is a solid, attractive update on its previous incarnation. It has its limitations for media/video applications in the UK but hopefully these will soon be exploited to great effect by third party companies. YouTube works particularly well on it.

So far (day 3) the only real criticism I can offer is that the BIG power brick has started making a lot of noise. I suspect a problem with the cooling fan and either rubbing against something or its bearing are shot. If the problem continues it will need to be replaced by MicroSoft.

The big test for the machine is the 'nextgen' gameplay. It came with (downloadable) Forza 5 which is superb and runs native at 1080p and 60fps. Battlefield 4 runs at 740p and looks stunning. Running at 60fps BF4 is smooth and can make some use of the kinect feature. The overall machine connectivity is solid and no major outages from servers.

It is a brilliant games console and one that has the capacity to greatly improve once developers make the best use of the new platform. Sadly the console is a little on the expensive side and our example loses a little for having a minor hardware issue out of the box. At an exorbitant price to buy, another Official Xbox One Wireless Controller should really have been included in the box. It is a little inexcusable nowadays not to include a rechargeable battery adapter for the controller as standard. Hopefully prices will come down once the holiday season is over and demand has dropped so more people will be able to enjoy and upgrade to this awesome bit of kit..

The Xbox One is a 'nextgen' gaming/media console that lives up to the hype. Highly recommended.
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Initial post: 24 Nov 2013 17:25:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2013 17:27:58 GMT
Will Davies says:
When you connect a USB cable to the gamepad the wireless goes to sleep and becomes a fully dedicated wired controller. So your getting a wireless wi-fi direct and a dedicated wired controller in one.
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