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In this day and age consoles are not what they once were. They used to be used solely for gaming, but now, this has been turned on it''s head. The Xbox One is more than just a games console. It will become the centre of all electronic entertainment in your home. On the gaming side, outstanding graphics and a powerful enough core to blow you away do the work in making this gaming experience the best you will have to date. With an already extensive back cataloguue of blockbuster games that is ever-growing, this Xbox One console is a must have for any gamer looking to take a step up to the next generation. The PS4 has similar processing power, but Xbox exclusive games and for the most part better support on the non-gaming entertainment front means that the Xbox One edges the victory in this battle. For the overall entertainment experience, the Kinect becomes one of the most important tools to any Xbox One occasion. Witht he power to turn on your console and control it using only your voice and hand movements mean that Science Fiction fantasies have become a reality. The console will also have many years in the spotlight as it''s awesome power is yet to even be fully utilised. On a downside, the price of the console may prove to be a stumbling block for many potential buyers. However, a reduction in price in the not so distant past, coupled with the knowledge that the machine is more than just a gaming device, mean that this is less of an issue than it was first seemed to be.
If your looking at this and thinking should I buy this or the ps4 , go for this ! The console is a whole different level the graphics are outstanding the Kinect and voice control are amazing. The console is stylish , albeit it heavy, almost everything you do on the Xbox can be voice controlled which is pretty cool, you can start it up instantly by saying "xbox on" . If that's not enough you can control the xbox via your hand signals to navigate around ! It has a great selection of games as well which are unique to the xbox such as RYSE son of Rome where the graphics and gameplay will take your breath away! The xbox one can also link up to the TV which is really clever and when paired with voice control you can control your entertainment through your voice and never need to touch a controller . The xbox one is a clever machine combining amazing in game experiences with new level entertainment advances it has so much to offer !
I purchased my xbox one console on launch day (november 22nd 2013). Inside the box was the console, controller, kinect sensor, wired headset and power/tv cables. I set it all up surprisingly quickly and put my existing xbox live account on it. You do have to install games before you can play them but this doesn't usually take very long. The controller feels better than the xbox 360 controller and is more responsive. I only really use it for gaming as i don't see the point in plugging my virgin media box in to it. Sadly the xbox one does currently lack a lot of apps and there is no 'party' chat or voice messaging, but an update is due in march which will hopefully address these issues. It takes a little while to set the resolution and colour and such to an optimum level, but it is well worth doing. I purchased several games and an extra controller and extra headset and have not been disappointed with the console. The price tag does put many people off but i think it is well worth the money. The kinect responds much better than the xbox 360 version did, and there are lots of useful voice commands.
I received my xbox one on release day. Even though it was a bit more expensive than the playstation, it seemed to offer more. We use our xbox for gaming, television and films. It links seemlessly between each application and I really do agree with Microsoft when they say it is an 'all in one' entertainment system. One downfall is the price of the games, an rrp of £55 is rather high, though I have bought 5 games so far and managed to find them for around 45 each. The box and kinect sensor look very smart and the voice controls are very responsive, as long as you speak loudly and clearly. This is very useful when watching a film or television programme, you can pause by simply saying 'xbox pause' if you need to nip out of the room, instead if finding the remote, turning it on, and pausing.
Its been looming over us for a while now, the next generation of games consoles. Well it's here now, in the flesh, we can touch it, and play it. But what's it like?
*In the box*
In the standard Xbox One pack you get:
1 x Xbox One console
1 x Xbox One controller (with 2 AA batteries)
1 x Kinect sensor
1 x Power pack
1 x HDMI cable (6 foot)
1 x Chat headset
*Setting it up*
Getting set up is fast and easy. After you set up the physical components (cables etc) then there's an on-screen guide that talks you through what you have to do.
If you're an existing Xbox user, your gamertag will be recovered and all your previous profile data will be applied to your new console. If not, you will start your profile from scratch.
Next up is the internet connection. The Xbox One has built-in wifi so connecting wirelessly to your router means the usual security passwords etc. You can also connect the console physically, via an ethernet cable, although this not supplied.
Your kinect sensor will then be calibrated for both sight and sound. The camera will scan your room to get an idea of size, and even put photo recognition on you to pick you up as the user by displaying your gamertag over your head. It will also judge sound, a couple of simple tests will carry out, as the Xbox One is almost fully capable of full speech control.
And there you are! A few little loading screens aside its fairly quick and has you off running in no time.
An 8 core AMD CPU is powering the Xbox One, with 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a GPU speed at 853 MHz. So its powerful! 500 GB hard drive should be enough for all your media, and you're getting Bluray capability too.
Looks-wise, it doesn't look like a games console. But that's the point, Microsoft want you to use this for everything. The light on the front is a simple white Xbox symbol, a lot more classy looking than the older console. The console is whisper-quiet, you just don't hear it at all. That comes in handy as the console has a function to be constantly on, 24/7, in the background just waiting for you to say "Xbox on."
There are minor changes on the last Xbox model, changes which work very well. The controller feels lighter than the previous one. The thumb sticks are a little smaller, and have a better grip around the edges of the tips. The direction pad is less obtrusive and easier to use. The battery storage is a lot more streamlined and blends into the unit a lot more. The guide button is still present, although takes a lot less time when you're pressing it to react, which is a nice little improvement.
I had the original Kinect sensor for Xbox 360, and was initially blown away by it. Although as time went on, and the quality of games dipped, its use became less. The Kinect 2.0 on the other hand, is sheer magic! Rather than be a flashy add-on, its fully intergrated with the console and the user interface.
Firstly, speech. Through Kinect you tell your Xbox what you want to do. You say what you want to open (for example "Xbox, internet explorer.") and it takes you there. Watching videos, you tell it to pause or rewind. In the game Fifa 14, you use voice control to set tactics while your hands are busy playing.
The motion sensor is very intuitive too. I've not played any full Kinect motion games as yet though. Using the motion function to navigate your Xbox is pretty good though. You swipe with your hand and grip your palm to hold the screen, using almost a high-5 effect to select things.
Finding your way around your new console is fairly easy. The setup is like that of Windows 8, with its large and straightforward windows. You can move around however suits you best, by using your controller, voice, or hand movements to select what you want to do.
*But is it "Everything in One?"*
In a word, yes. It boasts a next generation console, fully kitted out with Bluray player and full internet browser. On top of that, streaming of movies and TV shows. You even sync your TV through it so you don't have to switch channels (how thoughtful, right?). What it does so brilliantly though, is make all of this totally seemless and easy to use. You don't have to stop what you're doing to move on to something else, just keep it running in the background to come back to later.
This console is truly a great achievement, because not only does it do everything, it does everything well.
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