Welcome to our Xbox One review; our first impressions of Microsoft’s new kid on the block. At first look the Xbox One hardly looks inspiring, and certainly lives up to its name in that it has a very ‘boxy’ feel. Despite this, the neatly polished black and gray chassis is also rather sleek, or at least as sleek as a plastic box can be. On the front you will find the power button and a slot for loading discs, incorporating compatibility for Blu-Ray.
On the back you will find numerous ports to suit all your connectivity needs, including a HDMI in port. This ties in with Microsoft’s plan that the Xbox One will act as a central entertainment hub, allowing you to switch between gaming and watching TV without having reach for your TV remote to switch ports. This is achieved by connecting your cable or satellite box to the Xbox rather than directly into the TV (providing it uses HDMI).
The Xbox 360 controller became the standard by which all controllers would be set, with its neat design which fitted nicely into the hand. With the Xbox One, Microsoft have decided that if it isn’t broke, why fix it. The new controller does have a few subtle changes, such as the smaller analogue sticks with micro-texture for improved grip. You can also use a Microsoft rechargeable battery pack which charges up when connected to the console, as well as standard disposable batteries.
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The new Xbox Kinect comes bundled together with the console, partially justifying The Xbox One’s higher price tag over the PS4. Microsoft have made a number of boasts as to what their new 1080p camera can do. Claims vary from the ability to recognise up to six skeletons, to being able to read your heartbeat. You will also be able to use the Kinect camera to connect with Skype over the Internet.
The improved graphical capabilities of the Xbox One are evident in a raft of titles already announced and set for release. Microsoft have also incorporated cloud processing into their new console, meaning the software giant’s own cloud computers will take some of the processing strain away from the console. Some of the familiar names you will find returning with new titles on the new Xbox include Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Fifa 14, Call Of Duty: Ghosts, and Need For Speed: Rivals to name but a few.
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Microsoft have made no secret that their vision for the new Xbox is for it to serve as a central entertainment hub. Rather than switching between TV and gaming through your TV remote, they are hoping people will decide that doing everything via their games console is a much easier option. It remains to be seen how things will pan out in that respect. However, as a gaming console at least, the super smooth rendering of ulta-impressive graphics already showcased means it is unlikely to disappoint Xbox fans. Thanks for reading our Xbox One review.