Alex from Gamespresso gets his hands on the Day One Edition of the Xbox One! Join him as he explores controllers, headsets, QR codes, cable ports, and – of course – Microsoft’s latest console.
Update: First impressions of using the Xbox One.
The Xbox One runs smoothly and with absolutely no noise whatsoever, which is a relief because of the sizable fan and vents that surround the case. In terms of size, it fits nicely underneath my TV next to my Xbox 360, and the Kinect snugly on the top of my TV. The Kinect itself picks up voice commands well, and while a plethora of commands are at your disposal, the console will sometimes mistake one for another, which does get slightly annoying after trying multiple times. A necessary time delay between voice commands (for example, finishing a sentence and waiting a few seconds before saying “Xbox: go home”) ensures that you won’t accidentally turn off your console or send it somewhere you don’t want to in the middle of a conversation.
After the initial cold startup, which lasted approximately 30 seconds, it starts up very quickly, and when signing in, you only need to sit in front of Kinect for about 5 seconds before it matches your face to your gamertag and signs you in.
So far I have only tried Dead Rising 3 and Battlefield 4, but both of them installed quickly, and the gameplay suffered no visible frame or graphical issues. While a direct comparison may, and will, reveal that they don’t look quite as sharp as some PlayStation 4 titles, the difference in resolution was the last thing on my mind when I was in the middle of the game. Not once did I think “I wish this looked better”, because, frankly, they both look stunning and play even better.
The controller is leagues ahead of the Xbox 360 controller. Holding it feels smooth, as if it’s an extension of your hands rather than a controller, and the buttons are as responsive as they need to be. The rumble in the triggers provides a slight level of immersion in-game, which is quite enjoyable when experiencing different levels of kickback on different rifles in Battlefield.
Stay tuned! As I play more of the console, I will update this page.