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The Xbox One has now been out for 18 months and we've had two in the house during that time.
During the time that we have owned them (alongside both other current gen consoples) the Xbox One has improved massively in features, in apps and in games.
Firstly the console comes very well packaged. It's not difficult to get into it and start to unpack and set things up but it's very tidily done and provides good protection for the expensive kit within.
One it was all unpacked then plugging it all in was simple. You need to plug in the power supply, plug in the Kinect (you don't have to do plug this but it's a massive improvement over the previous iteration of Kinect and adds greatly to the experience of the console, plug in the HDMI cable, put batteries in the controller and then press it's home button to fire up the console once switched on.
The controller itself is lovely, it feel solid and very comfortable and has a very nice D-Pad (at last). The one negative is a slightly less comfortable placement of the bumpers. A new feature is haptic feedback providing vibration in the triggers, it has to be played to really get a sense of how well it works in a car game such as Forza, it genuinely adds to the experience.
Set-up does need some time. Initially you will see a green xbox logo: this can take a while so be sure to never switch off the console at this stage, just give it some time and the console will begin the update process. Once the upload begins it will step you through the process of connecting to your network and then downloading and installing the update.
One completed the console powers up. The interface is a Windows 8 style interface and is much tidier than the existing 360 interface. It's also very fast and smooth to navigate. Initially not a lot is installed. You need to download and install the apps you want to use (and there are loads including some essentials such as the Blu Ray player app and CD music player).
The interface itself is an area that has improved significantly. Since the summer there have been Kinect free bundles for the xbox one such as this, meaning that they could not rely on people using their voice to instantly jump around the system and needed to re-organise. They have done so and it's definitely going in the right direction. The inclusion of the "snap centre", accessed by double clicking the home button, helps you to rapidly snap and switch between your apps and games without Kinect. Holding down home also always takes you home from where a few clicks can take you where you need.
Though there were some good apps at launch , this has improved immensely. The TV app is now fully functional and integrated with the likes of Sky TV, there is full DLNA media streaming available and a big selection of popular apps are there ready for download.
As well as apps of course the console has the added feature of an HDMI in. This allows you to feed an other device with an HDMI out into it but is ideally aimed at TV. This is something I've used all the time. I can jump between games and TV with simple commands and it jumps instantly and very smoothly. I can also use the snap feature (which works as advertised) to snap any app I like to the side of my screen whilst I game. As a sports fan this means I can snap a match into the corner of my screen and keep an eye whilst still playing. I can also jump to full screen as and when I want.
Features like this really come into their own when you experience them. It's a genuine evolution of the console concept, integrating it into the centre of your media experience and i'm very impressed with it.
Finally there are the games. Some of my games such as Forza were downloads. Grabbing these was very simple, you show the QR game code to the Kinect (having gone to the store and said "use code") and it instantly recognises it and allows you to download it. Some of these are pretty huge and take a while on my 25 meg connection.
I've also got some Blu Ray games. Somewhat disappointingly these all have to be installed rather than running from disk (I'm guessing this is to do with the speed difference in loading and streaming from a hard drive rather than a much slower Blu Ray). The installs also take quite a while. This is thankfully mitigated by being able to start playing after a small percentage of the install has completed. This isn't an area they have yet improved and I am hoping it will be a priority now so much has been corrected,
On the games front the system now has a big variety of quality games including some fantastic exclusives such as Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon and the Master Chief collection. They've also made huge strides in improving the games to the point where they are now hitting resolutions and visual fidelity matching their main rival.
Overall I'd say the console has come a very long way in a short time. A year ago I'd have said it was one for the fans but now, with the improvements, games and much better value I'd say it is ready for a much broader audience to jump in.
With the console war in full swing, Microsoft had to reverse many of its policies with the Xbox One. However, all of the changes to the new console are for the best, and gamers will see many high-profile games in the coming years. The Xbox One is now a top video game console that will keep families entertained for years to come. As a media hub, the system combines great gaming experiences with cable TV, Skype and streaming services. The system lags behind the PlayStation 4 in terms of raw power, but it is leaps and bounds ahead of the Nintendo Wii U and the previous console generation. At this point, many of the Xbox One gimmicks are starting to disappear, including the promise of cloud computing and the new Kinect. On the other hand, without the Kinect bundled with the console, the Xbox One is on equal grounds with the PlayStation 4, and some of the best gaming experiences are coming exclusively to Microsoft's new console. Because it is the best all-in-one media hub. I love mine personally its fast. storage is great. The only downside is the games take awhile and they are very big. So sorry to people who have download caps but be prepared for 40gb games. All in all great system I love it and its a huge step up from the 360 who had many issues with the famous red ring of death. We have yet to see systems break down but im just waiting for those reports to come in. I hope you enjoyed my review :)
I'm enamored with my Xbox One. Everything from its structure and look to its product and different gimmicks simply shouts cutting edge. The thing is totally quiet and you truly can feel that it even exists amidst the various boxes I have under my TV.
The controllers are simply best in class stuff. I didn't feel that I would be this inspired yet I'm truly astonished at how immersive the shape and additional vibration under every catch is. It truly makes the entire amusement feel distinctive and captivating, particularly when I was playing Forza Motorsports 5.
The OS and programming is one of the best I utilized. They are truly well made and customized to TV the right way. The line-up of accessible applications is an incredible start and I will be holding up for additional applications.
Generally, this buy is an incredible one for me and the cost is totally reasonable particularly on the off chance that you consider that this thing will be here for a numerous years to come. I will say it once more: I'm in love the with Xbox One.
Powerful hardware for next generation entertainment
The console comes with 8-core processor, 8 GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive and Blu-ray player. As they say, the Xbox architecture enables practical work of three operating systems, Xboxov, the kernel of Windows and third system that connects all of this to work extremely quickly and smoothly. Redesigned and the Kinect sensor, which now comes with an HD camera and recognize natural speech. The controller is also given, say, 40 innovations to better radio. New Kinect see much better and detects motion in the joints, shifting the center of gravity, energy, movement, heart rate, and whether you've taken a controller in your hands. Then you will be immediately transferred to your game. Here we come to the details that are really thrilled. The console works so fast that now you can with a voice command from the game to switch to TV or in your movies, music. In addition, you can now in a snap mode 'with your movie to open Internet Explorer and say over the phone searching for some totally separate information. Shiny application that showed the basketball game and Fantasy team where the screen to change the match live stats of your players. In addition, the Xbox One now has a smart TV guide who also listens to voice commands and monitors your favorites or shows that are trending on the Xbox Live community. Of course, the question is how this will work outside of the US or say with us. Microsoft has with Steven Spielberg announced that a move in production television series Halo, created according to the popular game, and is developing numerous new television formats directly to the Xbox.
In addition to technical details, presented several games with fantastic graphics. EA Sports has announced that in the next year for Xbox They arrive FIFA 14, Madden NFL, NBA Live and UFC. All games have a new EA Sports Ignite graphics engine that offers a number of physical improvements, but also a much better animation. At the launch of the console will be available Forza 5, and there is a SF game Quantum Break. From Microsoft boasted that in the first year They have 15 exclusive titles, and even eight of them will be completely new game. Among the games that are presented and the Call of Duty Ghosts that comes also with a new graphics engine, and video from the game looked really spectacular.
The Xbox one has some advantages over other consoles but mainly for games such as Call of Duty you will receive the DLC earlier. This is a major advantage over other consoles. Obviously the downside to this is that you have to pay extra, 1) to play online 2) to access the DLC (downloadable content). I suppose its what you prefer but I have to say more often than not paying extra doesnt mean you get quality.
The xbox one does have multiple apps and lots of different games to play for all ages, especially combining the Kinect which enables you to play handsfree, a big hit for young children AND exercise enthusiasts!
The console itself is a newer sleeker much more robust machine albeit bigger. The buttons are touch sensitive and the whirring of the console is much more quieter than the 360. I think the controller is more ergonomic and fits in your hands well.
The graphics are a step up from the 360 which is probably what Microsoft were aiming for. The picture is very much sharper and really looks vibrant when combined with a high definition television.
To buy the console and maybe a one game bundle will set you back a minimum of £349. (although at certain times of the year when the sales are on you can get either a bigger bundle or a significant discount).
Also the xbox one now has the option of a fast start up or slow depending on whether you are worried about being eco-friendly.
All in all its not a finished product and it is over priced BUT it is still a fabulous console with many good points.
We recently bought a xbox one to replace our faulty xbox 360. Compared to the 360 it's a bit more complicated to navigate, however it's faster and the picture quality is better. It's also a lot sleeker and stylish looking. The games are quite expensive and the ones we've found so far seem to all need further expenditure so you can unlock new levels. This would be fine except we don't think the games are as good pre-further-expenditure as when you simply bought a game in one go. So you end up paying more than simply the cost of a console and game.
We bought a kinect at the same time and find it's enjoyable to use.
The controllers are attractive and easy to use, though we can't work out a way of instant pausing as you could on on the 360 controllers.
All-in all, it's a good console though the extra expenditure that comes with it could catch you out. Still a bit expensive for what they are so search for a good deal if you have to have one!
Having owned the X box 360 since it came out I recently upgraded to the xbox one.
The console is larger than the 360 but looks sleeker. It has a touch power button and looks high quality. The controller is slightly different shaped, it fits easier into your hand, the battery cover is more smoothed with the controller and it's slightly lighter.
The xbox interface has changed significantly, but for the better. At first it can be a little confusing but once you find your way around there are many more features and it flows better than the previous versions.
The game play graphics are breathtaking and the sound quality is excellent as it's all run through a hdmi cable rather than scart lead, a definite step up.
However since buying this console in October I have already had to send it in for repair to Microsoft as the wireless signal antenna had broken. However my console was fixed and returned to me in a timely fashion as I had to send it off over the busy Christmas period.the only thing is the console was only two months old so I'm hoping I will not have any further problems.
The other issue I have with this console is the fact you have to install the games to the console, the days of putting the disc in and playing are no more. Some of the install times are ridiculous especially if your Internet connection isn't super fast, one game had a 40gb install which took two hours, not what I would have expected from a next generation console.
Overall the graphics, game play and general interface is a big step up from the 360 and is far better and easier to use. I am excited for some of the future games that will be released in the futures.
However the fact I have already had to send the console for repair when I owned a 360 for 6 years with no problems is a concern. As is the game installation times even with a direct Internet connection.
Decent console but wouldn't say it's worth the high prices.
While this is a superb quality product, producing excellent graphic capabilities, it has not yet displayed the fundamental revolutionary statement that the Microsoft Xbox 360 console did since its 2005 release to the public.
With the hefty price tag, I really can’t see many people buying this console. Yes, of course there will be the hardcore Microsoft Xbox fans who will snap this up in a second, but the people who are serious about getting a good console and getting the best use, functionality and comfort from using it will be turned away. Potentially towards the Sony PlayStation 4!
With much controversy coming from this release, including the arguments that the Kinect Sensor interferes with the publics privacy and believe this to be bad technology. However there are a few good features to it: it will sign you into your profile when you walk into the room (though it doesn’t always work in my experience), it allows Skype calls through your television (but I’m sure if the person has an Xbox One, then they will also have a laptop with the same capability), you can gesture it to do many actions and also use it within a few of the games that are comparable with it.
There is also a speech side to the Xbox though, this is generally more annoying that helpful, as you will spend 20 minutes trying to tell it to “quit the game”, or “turn off!”
Overall, I find that the only useful contraption that features in this console is the Blu-Ray Player. This of course allows you to play Blu-Ray DVD’s in the console, which is brilliant if you have endless amounts of money to buy an Xbox One, just for the Blu-Ray player... as my Father has done! I would suggest that if this is the case, just to buy an actual Blu-Ray Player, as I have chosen to do.
In conclusion, while this is a good console in some ways, my opinion is that its not worth buying die to the endless list of disadvantages and annoyances it brings with it. If you’re a gamer, stick to the Xbox 360 or try out the PlayStation 4. If you’re a film fanatic, then go to the cinema, or buy a Blu-Ray player.
This review is also written by me on Ciao!
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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