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BLACK FRIDAY XBOX DEALS BUYING GUIDE 2017
The Xbox One is an all-in-one entertainment box. This is apparent from the moment you turn it on as the setup process is streamlined around getting you to the main Windows 8’s dashboard as soon as humanly possible.
The Microsoft’s Xbox One gamepad is excellent. It is comfortable, too nice-looking and it’s got two particularly nice new touches. Rumble in the triggers, what Microsoft’s calling impulse triggers and textured thumb sticks. Despite being gimmicky, the rumble triggers make a real difference. Exclusive launch game Forza Motorsport 5 provides a perfect example of what the trigger rumbling provides. Engaging a gear with one trigger, acting as a stand-in for a real-life clutch, you will have to get your hands on the triggers to truly understand, but the potential is obvious and immediate. If anything, they are not used enough in the launch titles. The ones thumb sticks remain significantly better than the competition. Beyond the textured top, they are a bit looser than the 360 equivalent, but still pretty precise. A rubberized centred depression offers the perfect spot for your thumbs. The apex the for standard face buttons are near identical with the controller’s predecessor and are just about the only unchanged aspect. The deep head is a major step up on the Xbox one but feels extremely digital. There is even an audible click when you push each direction. It is not quite as nice as the Dual Shock force, but it is such a step up from the 360 gamepad. The Menu button acts similarly to the start button of the past if you are on the dashboard it brings up a basic menu for jumping into a handful of settings. If you are in game, it pauses to access the menu. The new controller feels great: the shoulder buttons are a bit tougher to push than the last time around but it’s not a real issue. Not only does the controller feel great, it looks great.
Kinect 2.0 is the same bulky camera that launched to mass popularity on the Xbox 360. Visually it is a pretty thing, but it is also a rather large black box sitting in front of your television. The lengthy thick wire extending from it is not helping either. The new Kinect requires a powered USB: a measure of its onboard processor and beefed up internals. The new versions of the gamepad and Kinect proved that someone at Microsoft knows how to make a nice-looking piece of hardware that stands in direct contrast to the Xbox One console itself.
BLACK FRIDAY XBOX ONE CONSOLE
The Xbox One console is big heavy and kind of ugly, people joked back when it was unveiled, that it looks like a futuristic VCR and that remains accurate. The one looks like a device meant to be hidden away in a media centre and never touched after setup. Thankfully Microsoft’s designed the console around just that, after setting up one, you will rarely interact with it outside of the occasional Blu-ray or game disc swap. You probably will not want to interact with it either. In terms of fit and finish, looks only go so far when it comes to game consoles. What really matters is what it does. The Xbox one dashboard is cleaner than ever, you can jump between any of the panes very quickly. Loading recently used applications is as fast or faster than your smartphone. Like with the PlayStation 4, using the Xbox one feels like using a piece of modern electronics.
Pins operate the same way on Xbox one as they do on every other Windows product. Anything you’d like to stick to your home screen, from games to individual songs to applications. The home screen displays your five most recently used applications. It is where you will spend the majority of your time, quickly jumping in and out of it when swapping between the Xbox one with various features. Essentially, it is how you tell which applications can be quickly jumped between. Should you launch a new game, the last game you had running will shut down. Sadly, unlike the PlayStation 4 the one does not warn you. The one allows an array of non-game applications to run at once. The one is infinitely more competent than its competition as the speed of multitasking is truly impressive.
ORGANISATION AND STORAGE
On the flip side, the ones owned content organisation is terrible. The my games and apps folder is a disorganized hodgepodge of everything you have installed. Despite our best efforts to find it, there does not seem to be a way to monitor your console storage. The Xbox one will simply tell you when you’re running low. The store as ever, is too focused on what Microsoft chooses to feature, rather than optimized around organization. You are going to spend a lot of time using search though Microsoft. Things just aren’t organized enough in the store, for our liking. When you do find something you want, applications download quickly and even continue in the background. Should you download a game you only wait a few minutes before its front loaded enough data to start playing. The experience of course varies from game to game, based on file size your own internet speed and a variety of other factors.
The overall speed and cleanliness of the dashboard is commendable, jumping between games and apps is incredibly fast and you only really notice chugging when attempting to snap multiple apps on screen at once. We would love to tell you that there’s lots of good uses for the snap functionality but there simply aren’t. Yes, you can snap live TV or Skype or Netflix or whatever to the side, but, why would you? Both applications are smaller on-screen and it hurts both as a result.
The Xbox one handles your live TV, hooking it up is as simple as plugging in your cable boxes HDMI plug to the Xbox one. If you have connected your IR blaster to your television, you can also use your voice to command it to change channels, the volume or even turn the TV on and off. Take note that, unless specifically chosen in settings, the Xbox one won’t wake your television with the console or turn it off after selecting that option. Xbox worked without a hitch on a variety of televisions. All in all, combining one guide voice commands, an HDMI IN Xbox TV works great on the Xbox.
Xbox one is useful, it connects quickly, it works with a variety of games and applications and it’s legitimately neat. Unlike smart glass on Xbox 360, the response from smart glass input on Xbox one, is immediate. Smart glass is an actually viable input method for the one. As an entertainment device, the Xbox one claimed to do it all, and it nearly does. TV works well and set up is simplified for even the staunchest technophobe. Switching between applications games and the store is a snap, if not as quick as Microsoft originally claimed. Games are the most important aspect of Microsoft’s new game box, look and play great, though the selection is limited, at least for now.