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.
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!
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.
Sup guys? As the day of Halo 4′s release draws near, any news that’s released concerning the beginning of the “Reclaimer Trilogy” will be taken with great excitement. And here’s some awesome news. The achievement list for Halo 4 has been released!! And here it is!
Dawn – Complete Mission 1 on any difficulty (10 points)
Requiem – Complete Mission 2 on any difficulty (10 points)
Forerunner – Complete Mission 3 on any difficulty (10 points)
Infinity – Complete Mission 4 on any difficulty (10 points)
Reclaimer – Complete Mission 5 on any difficulty (10 points)
Shutdown – Complete Mission 6 on any difficulty (10 points)
Composer – Complete Mission 7 on any difficulty (10 points)
Midnight – Complete Mission 8 on any difficulty (10 points)
Wake up John – Complete the Campaign on Normal or harder (20 points)
I Need a Hero – Complete the Campaign on Heroic or harder (40 points)
The Legend of 117 – Complete the Campaign on Legendary difficulty (70 points)
Lone Wolf Legend – Complete the Campaign solo on Legendary difficulty (90 points)
Skullduggery – Complete any Campaign mission with 3 or more Skulls on Heroic or harder (15 points)
Bropocalypse – Complete any Campaign mission co-operatively on Heroic or harder (10 points)
Bromageddon – Complete the Campaign co-operatively on Heroic or harder (40 points)
Contact the Domain – Find a Terminal in the Campaign (10 points)
Terminus – Find all of the Terminals in the Campaign (50 points)
Digging up the Past – In Mission 1, find and access Chief’s record (20 points)
Midnight Launch – In Mission 2, get significant air in the Warthog at midnight (20 points)
This is my Rifle, this is my Gun – In Mission 3, carry a UNSC weapon all the way through on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Bros to the Close – Make it through Mission 4 without one preventable Marine death on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Mortardom – In Mission 5, hijack a Wraith and use it to kill at least four enemy Wraiths on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Explore the Floor – In Mission 6, trick or force a Hunter to fall to his demise (20 points)
Give Him the Stick – In Mission 7 in solo Campaign, take out both Hunters using only the Sticky Detonator (20 points)
Chief, Smash! – In Mission 8, kill 3 Crawlers in one hit with the Gravity Hammer (20 points)
Not Some Recruit Anymore – Rank up your Spartan-IV to SR-5 (15 points)
Movin’ on Up – Rank up your Spartan-IV to SR-20 (30 points)
I ♥ Red vs Blue – Win 5 War Games matchmaking matches (10 points)
The Dongblainer – Win 20 War Games matchmaking matches (30 points)
Operation Completion – Complete a Spartan Ops Mission on any difficulty (15 points)
A Legendary Episode – Complete all chapters in Spartan Ops Episode 1 on Legendary difficulty (40 points)
Dedicated to Crimson – Complete all chapters in the first 5 episodes of Spartan Ops on any difficulty (80 points)
Crimson Alone – Complete a Spartan Ops chapter solo on Legendary (20 points)
Roses vs Violets – Find one of the RvB Easter Eggs in Spartan Ops (20 points)
Rescue Ranger – Save at least one Marine in Chapter 3 of Episode 2 of Spartan Ops on Heroic or harder (20 points)
Knight in White Assassination – Assassinate a Knight in any Spartan Ops mission (20 points)
What Power Outage? – Complete Chapter 4, Episode 5 of Spartan Ops without losing a generator on Heroic or harder (20 points)
No Easy Way Out – In Ch 1, Ep 5 of Spartan Ops survive all enemy waves during the defense on Normal or harder (20 points)
The Challenged – Complete a Challenge (10 points)
The Challenger – Complete 25 Challenges (20 points)
Armorer – Change your Spartan’s armor in the Spartan Armor card (5 points)
Badge – Change your Emblem in the Spartan ID card (5 points)
PWND – Change your Service Tag in the Spartan ID card (5 points)
What a Poser! – Change your Spartan’s pose in the Spartan ID card (5 points)
The Cartographer – Create and save a Custom Map in Forge (5 points)
Game Changer – Create and save a Custom Game type in War Games (5 points)
Snapshot! – Save a Screenshot from the Theater (5 points)
The Director – Save a Film Clip from the Theater (5 points)
Sharing is Caring – Upload a File to your File Share (5 points)
Awesome! I gotta say, it’s pretty that there are two Red vs Blue themed achievements in Halo 4, not just a Red vs Blue easter egg, but also the achievement called, “I
Like I said, everything that’s been coming out about the game is just getting me more and more excited.
Remember! Halo 4 comes out November, 6 2012 on the XBox 360!