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on Nov 29, 2013 in Gaming
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It’s been a good week, I took a few days off work before the Christmas madness and had time to chill out and do some gaming on my new Xbox One. Here’s what I think so far:
I’m not going to lie, the Xbox One is big, it’s about 30% bigger than my Xbox 360 Elite but that’s a good thing if it helps to cool the unit down after the red ring of death debacle of the last generation.
The size aside, the console looks great with its two tone black finish and multiple air vents and the unit seems really well built. The Kinect sensor is also bigger than the original but is still small enough to be unobtrusive when situated under your TV.
The controller has the same two tone black finish as the console and although not a massive departure from the Xbox 360 version, the little tweaks make it feel a lot better in the hand and the impulse triggers give you another level of feedback adding to the experience.
At the moment I only have Fifa 14 and Battlefield 4, but I will be adding a lot more over the coming years. It is amazing the difference between the Xbox 360 versions of the games and the Xbox One especially Battlefield 4 which not only has better graphics, but also has more players (up to 64 in some game modes), and more details such as trees, buildings and vehicles. I’m also sure that there is more destruction, but it might just be because it looks so much better.
Having been an adopter of the original Kinect which in all honesty never really met its full potential, I can safely say that the new Kinect sensor is a vast improvement. I used the Xbox Fitness app for the first time yesterday and it was really great. The sensor records all of your movements down to each muscle and shows you if you are doing the exercise wrong or not, it can also read your heart rate through tiny fluctuations in the skin on your face.
Not having any Kinect games to try means that I can’t comment on them, but the first impressions of what the sensor can do are great.
Voice commands are also a lot better than the previous versions and you can control almost anything from the internet to video and music playback. No longer will you be shouting ‘Xbox’ for 20 minutes until it recognises you, the new sensor picks your voice up straight away, but if you don’t want it to you can always say ‘stop listening’ and the sensor will turn its microphone off.
As you would expect from a new system the apps are a bit sparse, the usual ones are there like Netflix and Love Film, but mostly it’s just American TV apps at the moment. Expect there to be an avalanche of new apps over the coming months as developers get to grips with the new system.
Am I happy with my purchase? Absolutely. The Xbox One is a great bit of kit and although isn’t without its glitches (Battlefield 4 crashes all the time, but it is a developer issue on all platforms rather than a console issue) it really does have the potential to become the greatest gaming/all-in-one console ever made.