Xbox One Launch Thread


Recommended Posts

trooper11

Well the reviews seem pretty good so far.

It seems like both consoles are starting out on the same foot. Both have features missing at launch a lot of talk about being incomplete for both consoles) and both are only worth buying at launch if you find launch titles you want or are just a tech enthusiast.

Its nice to hear that the console runs quiet and that the ui seems to perform smoothly throughout.

Its also clear that Kinect offers a ton of little additions to the general usage of the system in and out of games that cannot be summed up in a sentence. It may not have Kinect only games to point to, but its now an integrated feature of the console. Its good to hear that it actually works well for all of those features as well.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
trooper11

Another point I have noticed is that people are really liking the voice commands, but its not a perfect system yet, with many reporting that commands sometimes require more than one attempt, suggesting something like a 80% success rate.

I'm eager to see how well this holds up when its actually in my room. Its clearly another software features that can be improved over time, but since it sounds like a great feature when its working, I'd like it to be as reliable as possible.

Link to post
Share on other sites
trooper11

Here is another review:

http://www.shacknews.com/article/82098/xbox-one-review-all-in

Some interesting notes from this one:

The reviewer stated clearly that he was running his ps4 through the hdmi-input on the X1 for his entire review of that console and noticed no lag at all. That's pretty cool. I definitely want to do this with my setup.

It also makes clear that game dvr function is more robust and flexible than the ps4 even if its not as easy to access since you simply press the share button on the ps4. I've played around with it on my ps4, but I'm just not interested in uploading to facebook. I'm glad the X1 is different in that respect.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
vcfan

xbox 360 through xbox one through xbox one :laugh:

 

  

   
  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
Razorwing

I still haven't decided on which console. lol. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
trooper11

Another theme I see is that the apps are apparently running smooth and loading quickly. That's been an issue for me on the ps4 so far. Slow loading and unstable in operation.

Also, the polygon review mentioned that the day one patch is over 1GB. I thought it was smaller than that?

Link to post
Share on other sites
vcfan

heres a 20 something minute xbox one raw and uncut video. real world usage

http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/11/19/xbox-one-uncut-demo

he seems to have a few misses with Kinect,but most of them are because he uses the wrong commands, or his Kinect is not setup properly, or some people are running different firmwares.

look how awesome and accurate gizmodos experience is.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Matthew S.

I still haven't decided on which console. lol. 

us cool kids are gettin the once(those among your friends i'm referring to :P) plus forza 5 mr drift king :P

Link to post
Share on other sites
blerk

Well the XB1 reviews validate the strategy of wait and see.

Reviews all say that when it works its pretty amazing and is the most definite glimpse of the future, but there are a fair few medium sized hurdles that it needs to sort out before it truly attains greatness. Quite a lot of YMMV but generally software updates should fix these,no glaring hardware issues

Controller - good, rumble triggers quite nice.
Kinect - needs work, bit too picky, much better than PS4 + eye but not quite justifying $100 quite yet
HDMI - YMMV - Eurogamer had lag, others didn't when putting consoles through it
Games - Buy the big titles. Avoid lococycle at all cost
Multitasking - neat but needs apps
Console - big, black, silent. No hardware issues with review units unlike ps4.

Smart glass - All the right improvements were made, now needs more dev support

Internet explorer - surprisingly competent

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
dipsylalapo

Good to see that the battery life is about the same. Only a couple more days left until I get hands on. Can't wait. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
0nyX

The speech recognition looks really responsive.

 

I hear from many people in here that its mostly software related so if that's the case should we expect some kind of update for speech recognition for Windows which is currently nowhere near to the one in Kinect?

Link to post
Share on other sites
ff1999

Instead of buying games at amazon maybe you'd rather try target or walmart where you get a free $10 Target giftcard for purchase of any XBox One game - 

Link to post
Share on other sites
SnoopZ

My X1 is enroute from tesco UK!

Link to post
Share on other sites
Brewzzin

Received my amazon email asking me to verify my pre-order payment method.  Since I have Prime, I'm expecting the status to be updated today.   :woot:

Link to post
Share on other sites
JonnyLH

I'm going to be collecting mine from my Game on my lunch break at work, having the X1 next to me for the rest of the afternoon is going to drag.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
+Audioboxer

Jealous, wish the PS4 launched in the UK this Friday. Enjoy your boxes!

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
Scazza

Had my dispatch email from Zavvi this morning informing me that my DOE Xbox One has been dispatched. Unfortunately I was also informed that it has been dispatched with Yodel.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
BajiRav

 Looks like Xbox will keep the best controller crown again? :)

 

Really loving this bit...

One of the most exciting additions to the controller is actually behind that unusually long battery life. The controller works in coordination with Kinect to monitor its use. When you put the controller down to watch a movie, it enters a low-power state. It?s a smart way of extending the utility of Kinect in a practical way.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
SnoopZ

Do we know if it is safe to turn on and connect to Xbox Live if we get our consoles delivered on the 21st?

Link to post
Share on other sites
BajiRav

Skype can not be snapped? That is highly disappointing. :/

Link to post
Share on other sites
George P

Skype can not be snapped? That is highly disappointing. :/

 

Thought they'd have that one ready but it looks like it's not ready yet.   We'll have to wait and see how long it takes them to push out updates to apps and the OS itself.

Link to post
Share on other sites
HardyRexion

I know it isn't designed to be stood on it's end but can anyone confirm if it's impossible?

 

My set up realy needs it on its end, not lay flat.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Martog

I know it isn't designed to be stood on it's end but can anyone confirm if it's impossible?

 

My set up realy needs it on its end, not lay flat.

 

Microsoft does not support it standing on end due to the optical drive not being designed for that.

Link to post
Share on other sites
FiB3R

Just got a text from game.co.uk regarding my Xbox One pre-order.

Got excited, but turns out they are just "reminding" me to buy more games for it.

 

Thanks, Game. :hmmm:

Link to post
Share on other sites
This topic is now closed to further replies.
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Asher Madan
      Xbox Deals with Gold feature Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and more
      by Asher Madan



      Every week, Microsoft and select publishers discount a number of titles for a weekly Deals with Gold sale. This week, games from the Assassin's Creed, Far Cry, and other franchises are available for substantially less. Below, you'll find the Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games with their respective discounts. The deals and games marked with an asterisk are only valid for Xbox Live Gold members, so you'll need an active paid subscription for the additional discount.

      Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One
      Xbox 360
      Many of the games are also backward compatible so you can play them on your Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One. There's also a lot going on this week on Xbox 360. So, if you only have that console, you're in luck!

      Which titles are you interested in? Did you buy any up? Let us know in the comments below.

    • By hellowalkman
      These monitors will truly enhance the way you game on the latest Xbox, says company
      by Sayan Sen

      Last year in September, Microsoft launched its "Designed for Xbox" program which, as the name says, certifies products and accessories that have been designed to work with the Xbox to give customers the best experience. Today the company is expanding that program to include monitors that it believes will work best when paired with an Xbox Series X|S.

      In its blog post, the company has really stressed the capabilities of monitors that can take full advantage of new consoles' powers. In particular, HDMI 2.1 seems to really be the focus of this program and it's easy to why because the HDMI 2.1 standard is capable of up to 48Gbps bandwidth which is enough to push 8K60, 4K120, and even 10K.

      HDMI 2.1 also has several gaming-centric features like Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) support, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). So users with a monitor that has HDMI 2.1 input would be able to take advantage of these features on their Xbox Series X|S.

      The HDMI 2.1 also has a few other features too which include:

      Dynamic HDR support, eARC connectivity, Quick Media Switching (QMS). In terms of products, a few Designed for Xbox displays have also been announced. They are:

      Philips Momentum 559M1RYV 55” (video promo above) ASUS Strix Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XG43UQ 43” Acer Xbox Edition Gaming Monitor XV282K KV 28” A feature common in all these monitors is support for FreeSync Premium Pro. For those who don't know, FreeSync Premium Pro is the highest tier for FreeSync monitors designed for taking advantage of HDR content, high refresh rates (>120Hz), and also has low framerate compensation (LFC).

      These monitors should become available this summer says Xbox and more such Designed for Xbox monitors are also planned for later. You can read more about it here.

    • By Sszecret
      Microsoft Weekly: A round of Windows leaks, Xbox mini fridges, and hybrid work
      by Florin Bodnarescu



      In the last seven days we’ve seen the set of E3 2021 announcements from Microsoft – including the Xbox Mini Fridge -, the leaking of a Windows 11 ISO, and a number of other bits of news. You can find info about that, as well as much more below, in your Microsoft digest for the week of June 13 - 19.

      A round of Windows leaks


      The week started in what the Redmond firm could call not ideal conditions, since screenshots of the yet-to-be announced Windows 11 emerged. A little later that same day, the situation got even more interesting as an ISO of build 21996.1 made its way onto the web.

      Naturally, we got our hands on it and have chosen to highlight a number of the OS’s new features – like the Windows 10X-esque centered taskbar icons, rounded corners, or the translucent UI (in some places) – via either screenshots of the desktop UI, the OOBE, the new window snapping UI, the new set of wallpapers, and more.

      It does seem that out of all, the Home version requires an internet connection to complete setup, but luckily there’s a workaround. In case you want to test this out yourself, you might want to be quick as Microsoft is already issuing DMCA complaints to take down the leaked ISO.

      We won’t have long to wait until an official announcement though, with the dedicated set of events scheduled for June 24 at 11AM ET and June 24 at 3PM ET (the latter of which is aimed at developers). On that day we might also see the performance boots that the OS brings, especially for big.LITTLE x86 CPUs – as shown in a set of tests.

      Xbox mini fridges


      As is tradition, Microsoft held its annual E3 event on the Sunday just before the event’s kickoff, and on this occasion, it was joined by the Bethesda folks (the parent company of which it finalized the acquisition of this year).

      To further emphasize the above, the showcase even started with Starfield, Bethesda’s first new IP in years. Powered by the Creation Engine 2, the title showcased an in-game cinematic sequence and perhaps more surprisingly, a release date as well.

      The sci-fi game is coming November 11, 2022 (exactly 11 years after the release of Skyrim) and yes, it will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

      While we’re on the subject of Bethesda, there was also some new ESO and Fallout 76 content announced, along with the fact that Game Pass is getting a number of the missing titles from the publisher, alongside titles like the entire Yakuza series, and even Turtle Rock’s Back 4 Blood on day one. Also in the Bethesda camp was a new IP from Arkane Austin, dubbed Redfall. The co-op vampire hunting game is coming summer 2022, unsurprisingly also to Game Pass day one.

      We’ll touch on the fact that Injustice: Gods Among Us and Shadows Awakening are now free to claim, and that there’s in fact a rather good selection of Deals with Gold to peruse, while also mentioning that game stories is now a supported feature in the Xbox app and that the June update for the console has brought party chat accessibility options, among other things.

      Speaking of other things, Battlefield 2042 gameplay was shown off during the game showcase, as was an interspersed story / gameplay trailer for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (which lands April 28 next year, also in Game Pass), a cinematic announce trailer for co-op Xbox exclusive Contraband from Avalanche Studios, a cheeky meta cinematic announce trailer for The Outer Worlds 2, and more.

      Alternate-universe sci-fi RPG Atomic Heart got yet another trailer at the event – sans release date -, Diablo II: Resurrected made an appearance too – showcasing its launch day of September 23 -, and Age of Empires IV got its long overdue launch date of October 28, available across PC and Game Pass.

      In additional unexpected news, Sea of Thieves got a Pirates of the Caribbean crossover, bringing Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones and crew to the game thanks to a new original story dubbed A Pirate’s Life, which is coming for free to the tile on June 22.

      Another game that got a release date was Flight Simulator, which lands on Series X|S consoles on July 27 – and has just gotten its World Update V, with a free Top Gun expansion coming this fall -, as well as Forza Horizon 5. The latter is set in Mexico and rather unexpectedly, lands on November 9 this year.

      Of course, after the advent of Craig memes from last year, it was expected that 343 would show an updated look at Halo Infinite, complete with Joseph Staten on stage, a highlight of the game’s story and multiplayer, and an announcement that they will launch together this holiday. Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer is also adding personal AIs for players, among other things.

      Finally, the option to make your controllers more personal is now back, as Microsoft has relaunched the Xbox Design Lab with support for the new controller. That said, it’s not the only hardware announcement that the company made at this event.

      After rumors of a streaming stick started circulating, folks assumed that the ‘one more thing’ at the end would be this. However, the Redmond giant leaned heavily into the memes and has announced it’ll make an Xbox Mini Fridge (shaped like the Series X).

      Yes, it’s real, and yes, it’s coming holiday 2021 – even outside the United States.

      Hybrid work


      Slotting just between the Xbox E3 showcase and the Windows event next week was a virtual presentation focused on hybrid work.

      At this event, Microsoft has announced new Teams Rooms features like a “front row” layout for meetings, improved video layouts across multiple screens, new Together Mode scenes on the Surface Hub, and much, much more. Naturally, these features will be rolled out to Insiders first.

      On the subject of Teams, the firm has additionally integrated Headspace for mindfulness exercises and to boost personal wellbeing in remote work situations. Worthy of mention is also the fact that inline chat message translation is now available for Teams on Android.

      Last but not least, Whiteboard has received a redesign, which aims to help folks collaborate better in hybrid environments.

      Dev channel
      Edge Dev build 93.0.916.1 is now out, with a number of bug fixes. Better sharing and file picking were among the enhancements that arrived to OneDrive in May. Microsoft has elected Satya Nadella as chairman of its board of directors. Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1 is now available for Windows. Logging off
      We end with a bit of an interesting bug related to the newly added News and Interests taskbar widget.



      For folks running one of the various flavors of Windows 10 that have this feature, (1909 and up), there are instances in which the News and Interests text and icon appear blurry.

      The issue has now been acknowledged by the firm as occurring on “certain display configurations”. Of course, which ones these are is set to remain a mystery. What’s also going to remain a mystery is when Microsoft plans to fix it, as the only time frame indication given was that it’ll happen in an “upcoming release”.

      If you couldn’t care less about the widget, it can thankfully be turned off.

      Missed any of the previous columns? Be sure to have a look right here.



      If you’d like to get a daily digest of news from Neowin, we now have a Newsletter you can sign up to either via the ‘Get our newsletter’ widget in the sidebar, or this link.

    • By Jay Bonggolto
      Microsoft announces game stories in the Xbox app
      by Jay Bonggolto

      Microsoft announced today a new feature in the Xbox app for Android and iOS that's inspired by a popular feature from various social networking apps. The Xbox app is adding stories from various game brands such as Forza, Halo, and Sea of Thieves.

      The new stories feature has been showcased on Xbox's official Twitter account, and it has a similar interface that you can find on social networking platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. Unlike stories from those services, however, the Xbox app's version displays the buttons for likes, shares, and comments at the bottom of the screen as well as their corresponding numbers.

      Stories can be found below the cards of game titles and are labeled "official posts from games" instead of "stories". This means the content you will see are coming only from game brands you follow instead of from your friends like you can with most social media apps. There's no word on whether Microsoft will give users the ability to post stories on the app.

      The new experience should be a welcome development for those who want to receive updates from their favorite game brands or studios. It also expands the app's capabilities after Microsoft added support for remote play last year along with a new UI that debuted on Xbox consoles with the October 2020 update.

    • By George P
      Now that we're getting Windows 11 and things are starting to change up more than the past few years with Windows 10, I un-pinned the old Windows 10 thread and started this one.
       
      With the leaked build and the event coming on the 24th things are getting interesting once more.