Microsoft Xbox One

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By David Pierce, Sean Hollister, Ross Miller, Andrew Webster, and Nilay PatelMicrosoft didn't mean to take over your living room. When it launched in 2005, the Xbox 360 was just a device for games — "the Holy Grail of gaming," in the immortal words of MTV's Sway. It would show your pictures if you plugged in a thumb drive, but it was designed to be the best way ever for gamers to play.Slowly but surely, the emphasis changed. The 360 kept getting more and better games, but it also got Netflix,...

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Basic Specs

Codename Durango
Audio / Video playback DVD, Blu-ray
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
External memory USB mass storage
Game media Disc

Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Codename Durango

Hardware

Width 13.1 inches
Depth 10.8 inches
Height 3.1 inches
Color Black / Silver
Exterior surface Glossy

Performance

CPU brand AMD
CPU cores 8
GPU brand AMD
RAM 8 GB

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Cable box pass-through Yes
IR Yes

Audio / Video

Supported resolutions 1080p, 720p
Audio / Video playback DVD, Blu-ray

Ports

Audio / Video output Proprietary, HDMI, Digital optical
Controller connection Wireless, Wired
Wireless connection type Proprietary
USB 3
Ethernet Yes

Storage

Internal storage 500 GB
User upgradeable Yes
External memory USB mass storage

Software

Game media Disc
Online multiplayer Yes
Online store Yes

Power

Power supply External
9.4

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    Reviewed by alihamze (Currently owns)

    In my opinion, the Xbox One is a great console. It does games really well and has the added benefit that I can watch TV directly from it. While I mainly use my Xbox for gaming, I will admit that I also watch all my favorite shows on it. While it may not have the 1080p graphics of the PS4, I still enjoy the games I play. I don't play games for their graphics (although it is always a nice benefit), I play them because I enjoy the game itself. One thing I have noticed about the Xbox however, is that apps seem to take forever to launch. This has been getting better with each update and hopefully all apps will launch really fast soon. I don't even hear my Xbox while I am gaming or watching TV. I am not saying this just because I am biased towards Xbox, I have owned a PS1 and a PS2 and played on the PS3 before deciding to go with the Xbox 360. While I obviously didn't get to try either the PS4 or the Xbox One before purchasing (I pre-ordered), I stuck with the Xbox because I had already loved my 360. Now that I have had the chance to try both, I'm sticking by my initial choice.

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    Reviewed by SpiroM (Currently owns)

    I have had xbox since day 1 and the console has improved tremendously since then. it is 7/29/14 and i get updates a few times a month. If they keep this up the system will be a lot better in its 12th month. I still am dissapointed at the resolution and performance of some games. I am also not crazy about the new controller. The old one was more comfortable and put less stress on my hand. I plan on buying a PS4 so i can have a taste of both consoles. I am very impressed by the rock solid performance by sony but their UI cant even compare to xbox and the kinect. It feels good telling my xbox to turn on and turn off. Theres still a lot of bugs to fix but they are doing a good job. I cant speak of PS4 since i dont own one yet but im assuming there arent as many bugs since it doesnt do as many things as the xbox can do

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    Reviewed by DaTurkeyslayer (Currently owns)

    This unit is really amazing. I really don't see how PS can compete with xbox anymore. The main reason it could before was free online play, but that doesn't exist anymore! The user interface (with TV integration, game recording, smart learning AI, all the best TV apps, much faster matchmaking, multitasking, ect.) Really put the the PS4 WAAAAY behind.

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    Reviewed by djoshi (Currently owns)

    Perfect living room entertainment device. Gamer recognition feature is superb. Need more games, but it will come with time.

    Windows 8 style snapping is great, Skype works very smooth. No drag at any point. Need one more feature to turn-off the Skype ring in all other device if I have attended the call on one device.

    But all in all best console out there. Sure Buy...

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    Reviewed by streetsports (Currently owns)

    One awesome console....don't listen to all of the doing/PC fan boys out there...ms is king and sony has an 80% chance of bankruptcy in the next 2 years...and zero good games besides resogun (an indie game lmao). And definitely don't listen to these moronic site Adkins and so called journalists....they rated the x1 under 8 while users rate it at 9.5...they all just read each others articles and rewrite them...

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    Reviewed by zanemikel (Currently owns)

    Pros: Fast, voice recognition, facial recognition, Skype, television, Bluray, Kinect, good performance, games look great, better controller than the 360's, and the Snap feature.

    Cons: Have to install games which takes some time, Xbox Live is pricey, not very many games out at launch, loss of features (such as controller battery life indicator, eject disk option, and less customization).

    Overall, a very good console for the living room and will be even better as more games and apps come out.

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    Reviewed by dre.onedon (Currently owns)

    Best console I love that its all in one and not just a game box I came from ps3 I think the Xbox is a class above Sony ps4 just by turning it on the what you see on your tv is nothing short of beautiful love the live tiles like the windows 8.1 its just perfect. I think only people who only play video games will choose the ps3 but if you want to do more nothing can beat the Xbone

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    Reviewed by kingraven24 (Currently owns)

    I'm admittedly a huge Xbox fan. So I love the Xbox brand and mainstay franchises like Gears of War, Fable, Halo, Forza, and others. That being said, for all the potential the Xbox One has, I felt like it wasn't all there with the first 2 days using the console. I've spent most of my time on Ghosts and Battlefield 4, but have dabble in Forza 4 and Killer Instinct. I want to hit a few other launch titles, sadly it's such a huge investment that it's not going to happen for a bit. I say all of this so whoever reading this knows where I'm coming from.

    Xbox One games so well. Games look great and the fact that you can back out of our game window to watch TV or mess with settings is so cool - it's the PC experience finally on consoles. Snap works pretty well, but I feel like Internet Explorer and Party apps aren't very well primed for snap modes. Sometimes the chat features or gaming with friends doesn't work at all. It CAN be frustrating. However...

    When it all lands, it's awesome. I know the Xbox team are all working to bring software updates to iron out the kinks. The 360 OS was crazy good and well thought out and I can see where the One OS is going to shine bright, it just needs a little time to get there. Same with the games. The obvious monster waiting on the wings is TitanFall - Call of Duty on Battlefield-like steroids and MMORPG always-on world. I could go on to talk about a hundred different things, but I'll simplify the major aspects:

    Kinect is great but needs some tweaks. Games are great but the console-movers are still en route. The controller is fantastic. Xbox Live is faster than before. Game discs don't make any sense - digital downloads are the way to go if you have a reasonable internet connection. TV integration works. Multitasking is legit. Smartglass is drastically better and so fun to use.

    I love Xbox One, but I'm over the moon for what it will become. The software is a touch or two away from being untouchable. The games to end all games are nearing. I can't imagine getting this experience on any other console. This machine feels more like the future than the past. Isn't that the point?

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