From The Forums: Neowin readers offer their Xbox One impressions

The launch of the Xbox One happened just over a week ago and, as always, Neowin community members are eager to give their own hands-on impressions of Microsoft's newest game console. Forum member "trooper11" started the "Xbox One Owner Impressions" thread around the same time to give everyone a chance to speak their peace.

For his part, "trooper11" offered some very lengthy thoughts on the Xbox One in his own thread. While he stated he's "happy so far" with the console, he also says many people might want to wait a while longer before buying it as the Xbox One is still waiting for several features to be added, such as live streaming of games, external storage support and more. He adds:

Unless you are just a tech enthusiast or really want to play the launch titles, you wont miss anything by waiting say a year, when the library is going to be much larger and varied. Also, both MS and Sony will be hammering away at improving the OSs with new features, bug fixes, and other tweaks that will result in a much better experience this time next year most likely.

Neowin forum member "LightEco" said he had a "bumpy weekend" last week with his Xbox One. He was particularly critical of the console's dashboard experience, and questioned the lack of certain features. He said:

I can't wait to see what the system can do once a few patches have hit, but for now, it's really quite a disaster on the dashboard. The worst thing is that we had some things that worked super great on the Xbox 360 and when implementing it on the Xbox One, they either took a step back or lost features in the process. I'm not saying I even expected it to be perfect or on par with where the 360 was after 8 years, but the whole experience just feels like a tech preview to me. No polish or final features that a RTM release should have.

Community member "IceBreakerG" listed some of the things he liked about the Xbox One in his mini-review, like the dashboard and the Kinect features, along with things he didn't like such as navigating through the use interface. He says, "Overall, I'm happy with the system.  It's not perfect by any means, but all the issues I have with it can be fixed through software updates later on."

Any Neowin readers interested in getting more hands-on impressions should also check out the lengthy "Xbox One Launch Thread" message board post, which included some thoughts about the Xbox One's launch game lineup. Neowin will post our own official review of the console soon.

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The only complaint I have is the noisy drive and that's about all. Other than that, this is my first ever console and I don't regret buying one. I pre-ordered mine and thank god that I had the common sense to do so because they sold out very quickly. I can't wait for Tom Clancy's The Division. The best console I have ever played on.

The biggest thing about this generation of consoles always seems to be "... you wont miss much if you wait a year to buy."

How disappointing.

Paying to be beta testers...no thanks. I was on the verge of getting one just to keep up with my friends that won't build a PC. Needless to say after hearing their reviews I didn't even consider it for purchase. I'll be waiting a year or two

Spicoli said,
What specifically did you have issue with?

Obviously nothing, since he clearly states he didn't buy one, so thus his opinion is null.

xendrome said,

Obviously nothing, since he clearly states he didn't buy one, so thus his opinion is null.

In your opinion It's null, in others it's completely valid (like the clients that my business has that ask me). I'm sorry that I don't want to go drop $800 on a console, games and accessories to validate my opinion. I've got enough friends that bought them and all said wait due to above issues.

That's like saying that I should go to the dealership and buy a 2014 model knowing that it's going to have 30% of features removed from the 2013 model and may leave me stranded/aggravated. Makes sense doesn't it?

1) Voice commands not working properly all the time
2) Gestures broken
3) Party chat, have to join the party chat after joining the party
4) Squad join on games like BF4
5) No recent players list to add people you played with
6) No sub-menu when pressing the xbox button, brings you home. Added more steps in checking things
7) No ability to check storage content
8) Snap feature is nice, but doesn't always work as intended
9) HDMI in has issues with lag/judder because it's a pass through.
10) VOIP not the greatest in new games, lots of drop out.
11) Headsets don't work from last console, not sure why this was dropped.

That's all I can think of off the top of my head real fast, I'll sit down and get a bigger list together

I'm sorry, but are you calling my friends that bought the Xbox One liars? I don't know what you think they expect to gain from this considering they are adults.... I love how you feel that you opinion is just the end all to everything and that nothing else matters.

Get over yourself sir...

One reason to bite now would be the speed with which you can go from TV, to Music, to Games to Netflix. It makes the other one look pretty bad in that department.

The voice works great in my Living Room but I brought it over to my sisters to test it out, and the voice didn't fair so well, I think the crowded living room made a difference and maybe the ir blaster wasn't able to pickup signals for whatever reason. So I can see how one persons voice experience could be great while another's could suck unless tuned properly, and depending on the room characteristics.

I was having a bit of trouble with voice stuff the other day during a storm. So I re-ran the Kinect tuner with the storm noise in full force in the background, and then everything worked great again. I can be blasting a movie very loud, and say in a very low voice "Xbox mute" and it actually works.

They need to do a lot of work on how the system responds to voice, but the overall capability is outstanding. I wish I could walk into a room and say Xbox On, and then immediately bark out a playlist for example, but you have to wait till it powers up etc. First world problems I suppose.

My biggest complaint is the gestures. I really expected gesture support to be on par with the amazing improvement in voice, but it's the opposite for me. I don't know if there is something wrong, but gestures are really bad on mine. Unusable.

Overall the potential of this things is incredible.

I must agree that the gestures are terrible. It's laggy, and not at all "Minority Report".

However, the user recognition is very good, and saying Xbox On or Xbox Turn Off is fantastic. I love how it turns on my TV and AV equipment, and as you say, the multitasking is awesome. It IS amazing how it can pick up "Xbox mute" or "Xbox Go Home" even in a tiny voice while a movie or game cranked.

I love "xbox mute" when some annoying commercial comes on. Ironically I've been telling it to shut up when that ridiculously long Dragon Naturally Speaking commercial comes on, and I'm pretty sure the Xbox voice software is from Nuance.

I have not been able to get "Xbox On" to work reliably for some reason. There's a number of posts about it on the support site. Once on it works great.

I've had mine since launch night and believe its a wonderful piece of tech. I bought a Samsung 65inch 8 series Smart TV to go along with it and games are beautiful. However, I may return it and re-purchase in a few months. I am just not sure the $750 I spent is worth it at this time. I am also not sold on the dashboard. Overtime I'm sure that the Xbox One will improve three-fold.

JHBrown said,
I've had mine since launch night and believe its a wonderful piece of tech. I bought a Samsung 65inch 8 series Smart TV to go along with it and games are beautiful. However, I may return it and re-purchase in a few months. I am just not sure the $750 I spent is worth it at this time. I am also not sold on the dashboard. Overtime I'm sure that the Xbox One will improve three-fold.
$750 is the total from games and accessories. As for the dashboard, it's all personal preference. I loved the dashboard on the 360. I'm sure I'd get use to it after a while. With my schedule, I've only had about 6-8 hours of hands on experience with everything.

I really like the console, and also feel that the issues I have will be fixed through software updates (which hopefully will be fast and frequent)...

The three biggest right now:

1. The Dashboard, which overall I like, has some issues. For instance, sometimes it appears to lose its localization settings, so text (and the associated voice commands) change from useful text to 'item 1', 'item 2', etc. This needs fixing.

2. With the Apps, if you open an app like the Store, then try to reopen it later, it resumes and 'go back', rather than take you to the start screen of the app, takes you back to the dashboard. This makes it impossible to browse the store for instance if you left it on a game previously as you can't go back. Going back to the dashboard does not fix this either (if The Store is showing as a tile. The Store tab works, but is also unselectable if it is also showing as a tile. It should be one or the other).

3. For a console that is pushing digital (and wanted to much more), there are no game demos available? Really? Just bizarre...

But I do like the console and can't wait for Microsoft to fine tune the software. But I don't think either console was near ready.

The "Item X" thing isn't a bug. When you say something that seems to match multiple items, it switches to yellow and asks you to clarify which one.

I'll have to try #2.

Yea, I was wondering about the lack of demos too. Maybe those will come with new releases.

Spicoli said,
The "Item X" thing isn't a bug. When you say something that seems to match multiple items, it switches to yellow and asks you to clarify which one.

I'll have to try #2.

Yea, I was wondering about the lack of demos too. Maybe those will come with new releases.


The Item X thing would be an odd 'feature'. I see what you're saying, but it appears to happen at random times and to items that are drastically different.

Yeah, try 2. That one drives me nuts. If there is already a command to go to the dashboard, go back should take you back to the beginning of that app.

And I'm glad I'm not alone about demos. I was hoping this generation we would get more, not less. LOL

Watch which ones it selects. Once I understood what it was doing when switching to yellow and doing a kind of "thunk" sound effect it made sense. I don't know if it was in the tutorial or not as I skipped reading the instructions.

I couldn't get #2 to happen. Maybe I'm not understanding. I did this:

Go to store
Go down a couple levels
Watch TV
Go to store again (goes back to a few levels down)
Go back

At that point it moved up one level in the store app.

M_Lyons10 said,

The Item X thing would be an odd 'feature'. I see what you're saying, but it appears to happen at random times and to items that are drastically different.

Yeah, try 2. That one drives me nuts. If there is already a command to go to the dashboard, go back should take you back to the beginning of that app.

And I'm glad I'm not alone about demos. I was hoping this generation we would get more, not less. LOL

I heard if you say, "Xbox go to demos" it will bring up the demo page. Something like that.

No IE for non-gold members and voice controls are rubbish.

This and I'm in canada so I can't have access to tv content via the xbox.

...and 720p titles. What are we in 2007? That is totally unacceptable.

Mouettus said,
No IE for non-gold members and voice controls are rubbish.

This and I'm in canada so I can't have access to tv content via the xbox.

...and 720p titles. What are we in 2007? That is totally unacceptable.

OH Please STFU with 720p. I'd rather have a couple 720p launch titles that run at a stable framerate than 1080p with horrible frame drops

Mouettus said,
No IE for non-gold members and voice controls are rubbish.

This and I'm in canada so I can't have access to tv content via the xbox.

...and 720p titles. What are we in 2007? That is totally unacceptable.

Other than OneGuide, TV works just fine in Canada. Here's a setup page from my Canadian cable provider to install XB1:

https://community.shaw.ca/docs/DOC-2365

If it's OneGuide you're griping about, I wouldn't bother with it. It doesn't work with most DVR functions, so you can't do things like set a recording or series recording, or play back a recording, or swap between multiple DVR receivers (as opposed to changing channels and losing the pause/rewind functions).

Both PS4 and XB1 are highly crippled without subscription -- as is XB360 -- because you can't play multiplayer without it. I bought both consoles, and the PS4's browser is so awful that it's not worth using.

Graphics: BF4 looks very similar on the two consoles on a Panasonic 60" plasma, so much so that I couldn't tell the difference. However, my PC blows them both totally out of the water.

The sad thing is that I've now bought BF4 three times, none of the versions are stable, and it's only $30 on EA now

It's really thoughtless how MS ignored the DVR. It's the most used feature of any TV setup and they're not taking advantage of it. It would make the TV integration a lot more attractive and useful to consumers.

What do you mean by ignored? You can pause/rewind/forward and such with the voice commands. Controlling other functions using an IR blaster would be problematic because it can't determine state of the other device.

Having had the chance to spend a lot of time with the PS4 and the Xbox One I will say they are both great consoles and at the moment there is nothing better about one or the other it just depends on the launch titles you want really. You can't really go wrong with either one in all honesty. Will be great to see how things play out over the next few years

I love the voice features, but not enough to trust MS with a live mic and camera in my living room 24/7. My hope is they'll have to address at some point because privacy issues aside, it's pretty damned nice to have.