I usually don’t write about games or game consoles because mostly I don’t have the time to play or to review them. Saying that, I couldn’t avoid to talk about the big launch of the xbox One. Introducing the all-in-one entertainment system.
If you’re still deciding whether to buy a console, or if you’ve made a choice and still want more information, read those 7 shocking facts about the Xbox One.
What is the xBox One
Xbox One is a state-of-the-art gaming console, a new generation TV and movie system, and a whole lot more. The Xbox One console comes with an Xbox One controller, Kinect camera, HDMI cable, power cable and power brick.
The Xbox One will require at least one day-one update to play. Gamers must get the patch before doing anything else with the console. Microsoft has not commented on the size of the patch, only that it will probably be a “15 to 20 minute download.”
Gamers can purchase nearly all Xbox One titles digitally. Microsoft confirmed the Xbox One can interface with external hard drives to boost its internal 500 gigs of storage, an ability that will be unlocked with a patch download eventually, the company said.
3. Cable Box
The Xbox One has an HDMI in, so you can plug in your cable box and run your TV experience through the console. This will allow players to quickly switch between games, live TV and other on-demand entertainment through the Xbox.
Kinect voice commands don’t always work, the new dashboard is more confusing than it needs to be, and the system lacks full DVR integration.
5. 21 Games
Most games present noticeably improved graphics. There will be 21 games available to purchase either in stores or digitally. Battlefield 4, Call of Duty, Ghosts, Skylanders: Swap Force, Need for Speed: Rivals, Just Dance 4, Lego Marvel Super Heroes and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Sports fans will get plenty as well, with Madden 25, NBA 2K14, Fifa 14 and NBA Live 14 available at launch. Other titles include Zumba Fitness World Party, Fighter Within, Powerstar Golf, and Zoo Tycoon.
The Xbox One has Skype built in natively, thanks to Microsoft’s acquisition of the company. You can receive calls via audio or video while playing a game or watching TV.
7. The Dashboard
The Xbox One dashboard is more closely associated with your Gamertag than ever. Players customize the color scheme of their dashboards, along with up to 25 pins — apps, games, shows or movies they want to easily access.
It’s no secret that Microsoft has been positioning the Xbox to have a closer relationship with its desktop and tablet operating system. If you have Windows 8 devices at home, you’ll get more out of your Xbox One when it comes to media sharing.
Microsoft provides seven gigs of storage for free, and users can even view their photos and videos in the Xbox OneGuide.
The other Windows-only benefit is a service called “play to,” which allows users to stream video and music directly to the Xbox One from Windows machines on the same network.
The Bad: These are the only media server capabilities available on the Xbox One, and they are definitely more restricted than previous consoles.
Imagery Courtesy: Google & Microsoft