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Playing Hard to Get

I don’t know about you but whenever some great new piece of tech comes onto the market I always like to wait a year or two until the competition have had time to catch up, forcing the prices down to a much more affordable level. Thus it’s been two years since the Xbox One Console was launched by Microsoft and since then it’s been slightly overtaken by the PS4 but that doesn’t mean that it’s now outdated – far from it. If you want an upgrade from the Xbox 360 then this certainly ticks all the boxes and will keep you happily shooting enemy soldiers/civilians/aliens/bad guys/Disney characters for many happy hours to come.

Put Your Tech Hat On – Here Comes the Nitty Gritty

Right, for those in the know there’s a huge difference between the Kinect-free version and the Kinect version and it’s not just the price tag. Let me explain – the Kinect-free version is popular because it’s undoubtedly cheaper and benefits from higher performance but, and this is a huge but, without Kinect your console just becomes a standard gaming medium.

The Kinect enables you to control not just the Xbox but your TV with voice and gesture commands; play games where you get the elevated position of being the controller, use Skype and broadcast live gameplays. Some can live without it and some can’t – hence the option.

But the Xbox is not just about games, it’s a media hub which gives you an easy to use interface for your TV services, online apps, catch-up TV and movie streaming.

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The Xbox One equals the ultimate entertainment device. Watch films, play games, stream TV and browse the net.

Shoot-Em Up Cowboy

Let’s not pretend though that you are buying the Xbox just so that you can control your TV choices and watch the odd Disney movie. You are buying it for the games such as Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Alien Isolation, Dead Rising 3 and Disney Infinity. Okay, maybe not Disney Infinity but I’m sure the younger and more sensitive of the family would appreciate the all-singing, all-dancing and all-annoying game.

One distinct advantage here is that once you’ve installed a game, you don’t have to insert the disc for future plays which is one up against the PS4. The PS4 may have sharper graphics (1080p compared to the Xbox One’s 720p) but really only the most sharp eyed of gamers would notice. There are no glitches and you can easily immerse yourself in the action smoothly and quickly.

You can record and share your best gaming moments instantly, whether that’s beheading a zombie or dancing with Princess FiFi, and if you want to pause to see the latest footie score, then you can do this too. In fact you can pick up where you left off from any other Xbox One. Also your virtual worlds keep going even when you’re not playing, so when you come back to that world, you may well find yourself married with 2.4 children having swapped your job as assassin to an accountant. You can also play concurrently whilst watching TV or navigating the menu (who does that?).

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By removing the Kinect Motion Sensor as standard (now sold separately), Microsoft have made the Xbox One console much more affordable.

 

Mention the Controller!

You can’t write a review on the Xbox without mentioning the famous controller. It’s still there with the Xbox One but in a new and improved mode. It looks the same but it’s much more ergonomic and lighter thus making it more comfortable and easier to handle. The Xbox button has been relocated to the top of the controller, which solves the issue of hitting it by accident halfway through a game. The controller also reacts to the game, vibrating with the action and this is something that could do with further development to really engage with the player.

Time for the Diagnosis

All in all the Xbox One is a definite improvement on the Xbox 360 but does it score higher than the PS4? In terms of the media centre then yes, but the PS4 still wins as far as gaming experiences go. Yet if you can’t afford the high price tag of the PS4 then this still makes a great buy and it’s something that, thanks to that media centre, will benefit the whole family and not just your gaming mad teen/singleton/adult.

  • Powered by over 300,000 servers and too many gamers on-board to mention, Xbox Live is THE place for the multi-player experience.
  • You can even get multi-player alerts while you watch TV and live broadcast your game-play with Twitch.
  • Or for the more modest gamer (perhaps a little OCD too), record your triumphs and watch them over and over, and over again (who needs a social life anyway).
  • Just when you thought the multi-player experience couldn’t get any better, Xbox plays matchmaker with Smart Match. While the reputation system keeps undesirables from joining your game-play.
  • No friends? No problem. This mighty black box even has an adaptive Al that learns to play like you – spooky.
  • But this isn’t just a games console, oh no. Watch TV, Movies (streamed online or blu-ray), browse the Interwebs, download apps (such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube etc) and connect to your Windows devices. The name says it all! Xbox One = the all-in-one experience.
  • Its 8-core x86 processor lets you switch tasks effortlessly.
  • While HDMI Pass-Thru allows you to watch TV + Satellite through your Xbox.
  • And 8GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive and access to ‘the cloud’ means plenty of room to store everything in one place.
  • At 37.3 x 32.3 x 19.1 cm and 2 Kg, the Xbox One is sleek and stylish. Not forgetting black goes with everything darling.
  • Why not treat yourself with voice control and Microsoft’s 1080p HD Kinect Sensor. For a little extra of course.

What’s in the Box

  • Xbox One Console
  • Wireless Controller
  • Chat Headset
  • HDMI cable
  • UK Power Supply

Microsoft Xbox One
The Xbox One isn't just a games console; it's an all-in-one entertainment system with Blu-Ray, media streaming and cool voice-controlled TV channel surfing capabilities for the gamer who wants it all.
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