So Microsoft announced the arrival of their new iteration of the Xbox and it seems it has garnered mixed reviews. The Seattle giant is building on the multifunction of the Xbox and are adding features which will be a gamechanger (pardon the pun).
First things first the console comes with 8gb of ram (might sound small in PC terms, but in terms of consoles- its pretty huge), a 500gb Hard Drive and a Blu-Ray player. The inclusion of a Blu Ray player can only be a good thing as I like uniformity in my films…
You will need to use the Kinect 2.0 all the time which will mean Big Brother will be watching, however usability will be more versatile as the Xbox One will directly interface with you TV allowing remote control-free usage. But if you’ve got nothing to hide- who cares…
Your Xbox has to connect to the internet once a day to verify your games. To be honest piracy is rife which is causing publishers to lose out so in my opinion its a necessary evil. 2nd hand games may also be a thing of the past thanks to restrictions or fees being put on the functionality of a 2nd hand game.
Your Xbox will probably be the hub of your media setup as Microsoft are heavily investing into this aspect integrating Skype and a whole host of other features into the console. This can also be seen via the console’s aesthetic design, it looks very similar to a DVD player (or VHS for that matter), but it looks modern and would integrate into anyone’s multimedia setup with pride.
The new Xbox joypad looks more ergonomic (why change a great design) with snappy looking buttons and it also comes with tactile feedback – but does that simply mean a rumble pack?
But the most important aspect is the games and Microsoft are preaching the fact that never have so many titles been in development as they have now for their up and coming console. One thing is for sure, the tech war is just beginning- rumours are abound that the PS4 is more powerful thanks to DDR5 ram in comparison to the Xbox One’s DDR3, however it’s all about the games and I can’t wait to see what’s coming on both platforms.
Just take a look at Activision’s new Call Of Duty, monickered “Ghosts”- looks great and im looking forward to getting shot in the back already.
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