The Xbox takes forever to install a game, at least 20 minutes for a game like BF4, and you can’t play it until it is installed. When I was installing Forza 5 it not only took forever but it also presented me a whole bunch of error messages for problems that didn’t exist… On top of the installation troubles I have found it is almost impossible to play Battlefield 4 multiplayer, whether this is an issue with the game or the Xbox I’ll let you decide but it constantly freezes and kicks me back out to the Xbox One home screen. If you manage to make it into a game be happy. And oh yea, that whole “we’ve got tons of servers” thing has got to be a lie. 64 player games still don’t work; it’s laggy and glitchy beyond belief. I have 150mbit internet so I can assure you it’s not me.
Ok, so those are the issues that my Xbox One has had that hopefully will be resolved. Now let’s move on to the other faults.
First off, the Xbox One cannot be stood up vertically (unlike the PS2, PS3, PS4 and Xbox 360 before it), Microsoft’s explanation is that it has something to do with the type of disc drive, pretty sure that’s a lie considering the PS3 and PS4 use the same disc slide-in methods as the Xbox One… This issue is near and dear to my heart because as I’m sure you’re well aware, the Xbox One is ginormous.
If you don’t have a lot of horizontal real estate near your TV (like myself) you had better think twice about getting the Xbox One, in some ways it is indeed bigger than the first-gen Xbox. Another of the many design flaws is that the Xbox One still has a power brick, what year is this again? 2005? I mean, if the PS3 could make a go of it without a power brick on their first try why on earth does the Xbox One still have a damn power brick? To sum it up, the Xbox One is HUGE and yes it also requires a power brick. Did I forget to mention the Kinect is also huge? I suppose Microsoft operated under the assumption that you would own no other device to connect to your TV and thusly you have ample space to store the bulk of the Xbox One and all its crap.
Now, on to the next annoyance. These controllers still require AA batteries (Microsoft was at least kind enough to supply you with the first two). To get a rechargeable controller you will have to spend another $25.00 to get the play n’ charge kit. This aside from the enormous size is my biggest complaint. A clear money grab from Microsoft, Sony has had rechargeable controllers since the PS3, and the worst part? The controllers cost the same. Sounds to me like the Xbox One controllers should be $25 cheaper since apparently that’s what Microsoft thinks a battery costs.
Those are the big issues I have with the Xbox One, so let’s get to the performance. Personally I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy the Xbox One unless there are some next-gen only titles you’re really looking forward to. The graphics in BF4 and Forza 5 are only marginally better than they were in BF3 and Forza 4 on the Xbox 360. I don’t even notice a difference, for $500 you will be very disappointed… On top of the graphics; as cool as the voice command functions are the Kinect is still a gimmick, head tracking is actually a detriment to anyone that plays online and if you use it you will do worse (it’s got plenty of glitches), meanwhile navigating the menus without a controller (although possible) isn’t seamless at all. Not to mention the UI is neither intuitive or well designed in my opinion.
Other than that the console is actually fairly quiet, still louder than the PS3 but way quieter than the Xbox 360. Some people were touting the Xbox One controllers as “the best ever”; honestly I don’t know what these people are talking about. These controllers are better than the PS3s, better than the PS4s, but definitely worse than the Xbox 360’s. I’m sure like all things it will just take some time getting used to it but it certainly is no magical controller.
Ok, I think that covers all the bad things, like everything there comes some good. For me the one glimmer of hope for the Xbox One is the ability to record game moments and upload/share them online. I don’t know if the PS4 does this but it’s a pretty neat feature, I can’t count how many times I wanted to record a moment on the Xbox 360. Like I said earlier the voice commands are also pretty neat.
The Xbox One comes with:
- Power Brick
- (2) AA Batteries
- HDMI Cable
- Wired Headset
I got the Xbox One “Day One” edition and there is no difference other than it says “day one 2013” on the controller and the box it came in is black. I also got a code for an achievement (that brought no gamerscore) for getting the Day One edition.
In the end, if you have the Xbox 360 or PS3 and there are no immediate “next-gen” exclusives you are really looking forward to I would stay away from the Xbox One and wait until they work out the kinks and/or they drop the price (and they will drop the price). If you skipped the last generation then I would certainly recommend the Xbox One if you’re ok with the things I mentioned, the graphics aren’t much better than the Xbox 360 or PS3 but they are worlds better than the first Xbox or PS2. Unless you have a reason to go Microsoft over Sony (mine was that my friends all chose the Xbox) I would seriously consider buying the PS4, it’s cheaper than the Xbox One and definitely provides more value. Plus I’ve got a feeling it’s a little better put together.
Click here to view my original Xbox One “Day One” Review as posted on Amazon.com: