At long last it has arrived! Exactly seven years to the day of the release of the XBOX 360, the XBOX One has launched and is now available for purchase.
While many who pre-ordered the console stood outside countless Best Buys, Gamestops, and other retail stores to get their systems, this gamer waited until I got off of work on Friday and bought it.
Thus, I’ve had a full Saturday to hook up and get to know my new XBOX. Like going on a first date with a girl, I was a little nervous when I opened the box. I had spent most of Friday reading articles about consumers who had gotten their Ones having problems with the system. Most of which being a broken disc drive that made a horrific grinding noise when a disc was inserted, the console crashing while loading the mandatory day 1 update(which is needed for the system to function), and reports of the system not working at all. Now I know hardware launches never go without it’s snags. Last week’s PS4 launch had some issues with consoles not working as well, but this is the first major console I was going to purchase on day 1. As you can imagine, I was on edge this morning when I woke up.
So I bit the bullet, and hooked it up. I got freaked out when I connected it to my wireless internet and I got an error message about the Day 1 Update, but the update installed just fine after turning the system off and turning it back on. So I passed the update test, now to see how the disc drive worked. I put in Assassin’s Creed 4, and it worked just fine.
Ok, now I’ll get on to the feel and specifics of the system. The dashboard has a different look than the 360 version, but it pretty much works the same. The, “Snap,” feature, which allows you to have two apps working at the same time, for example, you can be playing a game while watching something on Netflix, is a bit unnecessary. For me, it will work great while watching a football game and keeping up on my fantasy team stats, or I can Skype with someone while playing a game. Other than that, I don’t really have a need for the feature.
I’m sure some of you are wondering about my take on the Kinect 2.0. I didn’t plug it in, it’s still in it’s box. So there ya go.
The system runs much faster than it’s older cousin. What would take my 360 30-45 seconds to boot from the time I press the power button to getting to the dashboard now only takes 15-20 seconds. Apps and games boot up quicker(although the installs for disc based games may help with that).
I’m glad that there’s finally a Blu-Ray drive with the XBOX One. The only Blu-Ray I own is Red vs Blue, and it looks awesome. Can’t wait to purchase more Blu-Rays so I can see more.
Now while I’m talking about visual aspects that come along with the XBOX One, I guess I should talk about my gaming experience with it. The new controller looks and feels great. Microsoft didn’t stray far from the design of the 360 controller, which, in my opinion, is the closest you can get the perfect gaming controller. The D-Pad has much been much improved and it works great. The analog sticks move more freely, which can take a little bit of getting used to after seven years of using the 360 sticks.
Now for the games, or game in my case. I purchased Assassin’s Creed 4 with my XBOX One, and it looks gorgeous. The opening cinematic features our protagonist, Edward Kenway, having a conversation with his wife. The detail is much more noticeable in the character design then it would’ve been in the 360 version. Goosebumps and freckles were detailed on the skin of the characters, that’s the amount of detail that was displayed. So far, I’m enjoying the game, and I will get a review up ASAP.
Overall, the XBOX One hasn’t disappointed me. Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. The system is far from perfect, but if you get a console that doesn’t have any issues, you’ll be happy with what the XBOX One has to offer. With future system updates, it will be a powerhouse of a console.
For those who don’t know, the folks over at Rooster Teeth and The Barenaked Ladies have worked together numerous times over the years. It all started when the BNL contacted Rooster Teeth to make special Red vs Blue PSAs during their live concerts. Then Ed Robertson, the lead singer, came on to play the strangely supportive CO of the Blue Army, Captain Butch Flowers in Red vs Blue, and then put on the spandex to become the most awesome super hero in City of Heroes, Captain Dynamic.
Now, the two forces have come together again. This time, to make a music video for the Barenaked Ladies’ newest single, “Odds Are.” And here it is!
It’s been a long time coming for Microsoft fans, but today, Microsoft and XBox finally revealed the release date for the XBox One!!!
*Drum Roll* Ladies and gentlemen! The XBox One will become available for purchase on November 11th, 2013!!
Yes, I realize this is exactly one week after the release of the Playstion 4, but this date is very special to Xbox gamers. The Xbox 360 had it’s launch exactly 8 years prior to the XBox One.
On top of the release date, more info has been released about the system on the tech side of things. Microsoft stated that the CPU has been given an upgrade. The One’s CPU will now run at 1.75 GHZ instead of the originally announced 1.6 GHZ, which is a 10% upgrade from it’s original spec.
Microsoft has also stated that the One will be able to support up to 8 controllers at one time, while the PS4 will only support 4. It also has been said that Microsoft will allow indie game developers the freedom of naming their own price points for their games.
I, for one, am excited for the XBOX One, I have been since it was first announced and revealed. Now that a launch date has been announced, I’m feeling more excited.
Til next time!
Sup guys? So some DLC for Bioshock Infinite has finally been announced and released! Here are some details.
So right now, you can download for a mere $4.99 for the “Clash in the Clouds,” challenge map pack. This DLC is combat focused and includes four arena maps where you take on waves of enemies trying to complete challenges, sixty challenges to be exact. If the player is able to complete all sixty challenges, you will unlock bonus content in the Columbia Archeological Society, which includes bonus Voxophones and concept art.
The second piece of DLC will be a two part story called, “Burial at Sea.” This will involve Booker and Elizabeth, or, now knowing that there are multiple timelines in the Bioshock universe, some version of Booker and Elizabeth, making their way around the city that started it all, Rapture! The DLC will be taking place during Raptures hey day, right before the infamous fall of the city under the sea. “Burial at Sea,” seems to be having a film noir type of story to it, which is pretty cool to me. Booker, of course, will be a private investigator, but Elizabeth looks like she will take on a role of a femme fatale.
The story will include a new weapon, instead of vigors, plasmids are coming back, and best of all, Big Daddy’s will be making a return! C’mon, you can’t be running around Rapture without encountering some Big Daddys.
Like I said before, “Burial at Sea,” will be split into two parts. In part one, you will be playing as Booker Dewitt, and in part two you will actually take on the role of Elizabeth for the first time. It hasn’t been revealed what her gameplay will be like.
I personally can’t wait for “Burial at Sea.” I’m anxious to see if they’re gonna tie the short time Booker and Elizabeth were in Rapture at the end of the Infinite campaign into that story or if they are just doing a new story in the same universe. Each part will be $14.99, but no released date has been set. Check out the trailers for “Clash in Clouds,” and “Burial at Sea.”
So here’s what went down on day one of RTX 2013. We pretty much took this first day to look around the exhibit hall and get a feel for everything. Met some people, looked at some cool games and got to check out a couple of panels. The highlights of the day were definitely the RWBY panel, which you can find Micheal’s impression of pretty soon, and our visit to The Behemoth booth where we got a great interview with Aaron about the game and then got some great footage of Bea and myself playing Battleblock Theatre. We hope to be able to get that up ASAP! Then, of course, Jake, Bea and myself had to drop by the Rooster Teeth Store and pick up some merch.
Friday was a lot of fun, but Saturday is the day to work. Lots of panels and interviews to get done, so stay tuned!
If there’s one thing that is a constant, it’s that Internet outrage always produces results, and after Microsoft’s press conference at this years E3, the Internet once again made their voices heard, and once again, the Internet has won.
After the backlash from consumers about Microsoft’s DRM, always online, and used game policy that was revealed at E3, Microsoft has released a statement stating that they have changed those policies for the XBox One.
You will now be able to play disc based games without having to be connected to the Internet, where before, you were required to have you console connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. Microsoft’s statement said that you will only need to have you XBO connected for a system setup and then there is no need to be connected again. Now does this mean you need to connect your console when you insert a new game for the first time or just your system when you first plug it in? I’m not sure.
As far as the DRM issue is concerned, they are getting rid of it.
Now, probably the biggest point of outrage about the XBO, used games. You WILL be able to sell, trade, lend and rent XBox One games without having to pay any type of fee.
So basically, the XBox One will follow the same policies on DRM, Internet connectivity and used games as the XBox 360.
I pre-ordered my XBOX One last week before Microsoft backtracked on these policies. I was cool with the controversy surrounding the system. I felt Microsoft was getting the gaming community ready for the future of gaming. Eventually there won’t be a disc drive on your console and you will need to be connected to the Internet at all times to play, but I see why Microsoft has decided to make these changes though.
Congrats Internet, you’ve won yet again.
As you may remember, I did an interview with Jeremy from GAME.minder back in March. In April, he let the community know that GAME.minder was in danger of shutting down due to financial troubles.
After massive amounts of feedback from the community the guys at GAME.minder has started an Indie GoGo campaign to raise money to make GAME.minder subscription based. Go to their campaign page on Indiegogo and check out what their need are!
GAME.minder is a great service if you are a gamer. Help make sure it keeps going!
Hey guys, so we have ourselves a new trailer for next installment of Ubisofts cash cow franchise, Assassn’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. Take a look.
Now, an Assassin’s Creed game wouldn’t be what it is without it giving it’s fans a little bit of a history lesson, and Black Flag seems to be no different.
I really like what they did with this trailer by giving the history of piracy, and what had happened to these British privateers that made them revert to becoming ruthless pirates and playing by their own rules.
Since the announcement trailer we knew that Blackbeard would be a major character in the game, but now we know that other notable pirates like Calico Jack and Charles Vane will play a part as well, which is pretty cool. Everybody knows who Blackbeard is, some may not know about any others like that, but that’s what the AC franchise does well with basing their games during real historical events.
What do you guys think about the AC history lesson? Cool? Not Cool?
Well, this past Sunday during the season finale of ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” we finally got a sneak peek at the upcoming Joss Whedon created series, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The big buzz about this show is the fact that it takes place after the events of The Avengers, but Agent Coulson is alive, and how they were going to explain him still being alive. Well, the sneak peek didn’t explain anything. Then today, we got a full three minute trailer for the series. It still didn’t explain Coulson being alive, but we DID get an idea as to what the series will be about. Take a look for yourself.
On Monday’s episode, Tim said that he wished that they don’t turn it into a Fringe type show. According to this trailer, it seems that might be the way they are going, but I’m going to be optimistic. I think it’ll be good, it’s Joss Whedon, it’s his usual team, so I’m gonna wait until the first episode to judge.
What do you guys think about the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. trailer? Let us know!