I have owned an xbox one since its release, while my opinion on it not being too high in 2013, now in 2016 all I can say is that it has turned into an absolute blast! Impressive UI, great exclusives and one hell of a multiplayer platform. Ever since I bought it, constant monthly updates that make it an easier and more enjoyable feature, like Backwards Compatibility. Controller is the best on the market hands down, Kinect works like a charm, minor amounts of bugs, occasional game crashing but VERY rare to see. I can only see the Xbox One getting stronger and stronger throughout its lifeline, I can't wait to see the new updates and features. On a personal level though, Phil Spencer is without a doubt the guy that should run xbox, only greatness has came from him. 10/10 that is how you make a god damn console
This is my first non-Sony system and I'm very pleased. I purchased one of the bundles with Kinect. I like the OS, the controller feels great, and the game libraries are going to be comparable (used-to-be-Sony-exclusive series like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts are now going to be on Xbox One). Altogether, I don't have any complaints. I'm not saying that one system is better than another, but just that I'm perfectly satisfied and love the Xbox One.
The Xbox One is a good Microsoft product. Although, it has a few issues which are somehow annoying. First of all, almost all games are too expensive inside the app store. Any online shop offers better pricing in any case. This is a waste of potential: It would be nicer to have all games as downloads because there would be no need to carry all of the discs. Another show stopper are the slow updates: From time to time, updates are unbelievable slow. Downloading 600 MB could take a whole day instead of minutes. On other days, the Xbox One can load huge games with maximum speed.
The controller is great and the lifetime of the batteries is acceptable. Unfortunately, the wireless headphone option of the controller delivers not so good sound as it should. Games are running almost fine without frame drops and also the visual quality is perfectly excellent. The dashboard is just ok, not great. It is centered more about multiplayer and communities instead of strong game properties. For racing games, another show stopper is the leak of external music integrations. Thus, it is not possible to use e.g. Spotify. Final words about the standby mode: The console never goes down completely, unless the user switches off the power. This is great for updating the device overnight to accomplish the issue of slow updates. On the other side, this option continuously consumes power, and the cooling system makes some noticeable noise. Thus, switching the power off is the only doable option for the living room. Nevertheless, the Xbox One is a remarkable effort of Microsoft.
I feel pretty bummed for my brother who bought an Xbox One a few years ago. Around that same time I bought a ps4. I won't even address the systems technical shortcomings, but I will say that my brother has missed out on many of the great games of this console generation. Microsoft dropped the ball by not making games the focus of their console. They have paid hollow lip service time and time again to their commitment to games, and have left a long line of unreleased cancelled first-party games. My brother is left with a console that was initially purchased at a $100 premium [over the ps4] that provides what is arguably the weakest platform to experience cross-platform games on. I really hope he gets rid of the system soon and gets a new PC or ps4 pro.
Xbox One makes too many compromises for it to be a next generation gaming system. The specs are what I’d expect to see in a console from 5 years ago. Comparatively, games should look better on the Xbox One than they do on the 360. But the lack of cutting edge tech may mean the shelf life on the new generation of consoles is years shorter than their predecessors.
I was perfectly happy with the 360. The OS is mature and the ecosystem is robust. So I only purchased a One a few months ago because I was emailed a sizeable coupon. My first impression was not positive. The One’s interface is cluttered, sluggish, and unintuitive. Getting information and moving between apps and notifications is a hassle. It’s painfully obvious Microsoft was pushing the Kinect, because regular controller navigation is clunky. The Xbox button in the middle of the controller serves 3+ functions. If players want to read messages, they must hold the button a few seconds the instant notifications appear. Otherwise, they have to lightly tap the same button to go to the home screen, navigate to a tiny indicator at the top left of their screens, click on it, and then sift thru their messages. It’s so counterintuitive, that I witnessed a competitive gamer spend an hour trying to find his “lost” messages. Absolute fail.
But wait there’s more!! Quickly double tapping that same button brings up the “snap” menu. If players want to select an app to view in side-by-side mode, they can do it here. However, snapping apps is sluggish most of the time. And information is not always current. So not only does the One struggle to bring up the friends app in snap view, it then has to load the information. And sometimes, it will fail to do that!! And opening an app that has been recently snapped brings it back up in snapped mode along with the other app that was running, whether you want that other app or not.
The sluggishness is absolutely maddening, especially while playing fast-paced games. In COD matches, I’ve died multiple times before the snap menu would finally respond. The second problem with this layout is relying on a single button to perform all this functions. If players tap the Xbox button instead of holding it, or double tap instead of single tapping…..well, you get the idea. It’s just a big $%^ing mess.
The controller itself is junk. It uses Wifi on a 2.4ghz band which creates problems unique to Xbox One. Nearly anything interferes with the signal, and the range is incredible short. Routers, phones, laptops, and other electronics will force the controller to disconnect. And the only way to reconnect it is by completing shutting down the Xbox. Even at 8ft away, a chair or table can block the signal. If I put the controller in my lap, it loses signal. No joke. The controller loses signal in my lap. I’ve tested this on several units. Although Wifi has its advantages, its shortcomings are huge. The lack of a more reliable Bluetooth backup means the problem will persist unless players pickup usb cables (something MS owes to all One owners) and physically connect the controller to their consoles. Most of the time, I can’t power on the One with my controller. The controller flashes for a few seconds, then cuts off.
Social connectivity is another huge problem. Party chat works sometimes. My group now uses Skype because native communication is unreliable. Gamers with great connections have issues with NAT types being reported incorrectly. Players with moderate or strict NATs are absolutely screwed. Party chat won’t work. Game chat won’t work. A lot of stuff won’t work. I’ve never had so many issues connecting to people on any other platform.
I bought a 500gb unit, yet only 320gb is available for storage. WTF HAPPENED TO THE OTHER 180GB!! I understand the OS and apps need space, but the One is being sold on the grounds that 500gb will be available to load games. Nowadays games are huge, and One requires that games must be installed to play, so storage is at a premium. Yet, a huge chunk of the drive is inaccessible—enough to hold 10 or more games. Blatant misrepresentation at its finest. My premium gaming pc only uses 30gb for the OS and apps. Why does a dedicated console need 6x’s more space?
The Xbox One utilizes glorified laptop hardware, and it’s painfully apparent at all levels. Even worse, the operating system— Windows 8, which most people hate—has not been optimized for consoles. The interface is merely a conglomeration of apps. The One’s sluggish performance and connectivity problems speak poorly of MS’s quality control. The clunky, unintuitive OS reveals the company’s mixed goals with system. It wants to do everything, but it doesn’t do anything right. In fact, the One is a shining example of what not to do in a next gen console. Don’t believe me? Check out MS’s Xbox support site or respected vloggers. It was never ready for primetime.
I regret buying the Xbox One. If you’re happy with the 360, stick with it for now.
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