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.
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.
That’s right! We have a release date for Halo 4!! But instead of me telling you, how about we we let our good friends from Roosterteeth share the good news, and give you a good look at the Spartan IV’s that you’ll play as in the Halo 4 multiplayer universe!