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Xbox One launches to generally positive reviews

Xbox One launches to generally positive reviews

The Xbox One launch event in Leicester Square.

The Xbox One has hit shop shelves - or pre-order customers' doorsteps - around the world today, with the console generally receiving positive critical responses.

Beset by a number of controversies throughout the build up to its launch, there was a period where it looked like Microsoft had seriously slipped up and handed the next-gen console battle straight to the Sony PS4. But, with a change of heart over key issues such as not allowing the resale of secondhand games, it seems Microsoft has turned things around.

Reactions to the console have been generally positive with The Verge giving it 7.8/10, TrustedReviews marking it 8/10 and Cnet giving it 7/10. However the Guardian did only mark it 6/10, saying "something about PS4 feels fresher, more seductive, and Sony ended this generation with one of the true great games, The Last of Us. The momentum is there."

Generally reviews praised a number of future-facing aspects of the console, such as Kinect 2, SmartGlass and its potential for Windows apps. However, the integration of TV control was generally seen as a clunky and unnecessary extra and game load times are slow, much slower than the PS4. The performance and fidelity advantage of the PS4, however, was generally seen as not making a huge difference in the heat of battle.

The reaction to much of the console's launch lineup has been a bit lacklustre, though no more so than that of the PS4. The fantastic looking Ryse: Son of Rome, developed using the Crytek engine, received just 5/10 from Eurogamer as the gameplay simple didn't match up to the stunning visuals. Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 scored a middling 7/10 while Crimson Dragon got only 6/10. So, as with the PS4, the big hitters are actually the cross-platform titles, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Need for Speed: Rivals.

Large Xbox One launch events took place around the globe to mark the occasion, with the likes of Leicester Square in London hosting a lavish party with guests such as Plan B., Jonathan Ross and England footballer Andros Townsend. In stark contrast the launch of the PS4 was relatively modest, though of course that console only launched in the US initially, with Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil getting the console next week.

Despite only launching in America, the PS4 sold over a million units in 24 hours. The PS3, in contrast, sold just 197,000 units in its first two weeks of availability in the US, suggesting Sony may have been right to target that key market first, where for a long time it struggled to compete with the Xbox brand.

Did you pick up an Xbox One? What have you made of it so far?

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cjoyce1980 22nd November 2013, 09:56 Quote
I waiting till games like titan fall will actually make the purchase worth it.

Can't ready justify higher res textures and resolution boost when games like AC4, BF4, etc... offer the same on 360/PS3
WarrenJ 22nd November 2013, 10:03 Quote
I'll buy the halo special edition.
sandys 22nd November 2013, 10:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I waiting till games like titan fall will actually make the purchase worth it.

Can't ready justify higher res textures and resolution boost when games like AC4, BF4, etc... offer the same on 360/PS3

There is also a decent boost in the framerate which is much more useful than Image Quality.
rollo 22nd November 2013, 11:34 Quote
more intrested to know if Microsofts console can outsell sonys. Sony only launched in USA so surely with multiple regions Microsoft is looking at the 2mil plus in sales id imagine.

The reviews look alot like the ps4 reviews good hardware poor launch lineup.

Anyword on when all the tv stuff thats on USA console will get released in the UK or other parts of the world yet?
sandys 22nd November 2013, 11:43 Quote
US reviews seem to state that if you have cut the cord the TV stuff is limited to just putting a show on, which was apparently helpful whilst reviewing boring launch games :D Can't see it being that useful in the UK unless they do some sort of sports tie up with Sky, time will tell.

I think it would be a cool feature generally though, I would use it for some stuff, depending on game.

The X1 line up looks marginally better to me but then I would enjoy a game of Forza seeing as my Xboxes are only PGR/Forza players although they also do kinect dance games for my daughter :D
Stelph 22nd November 2013, 12:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by sandys
US reviews seem to state that if you have cut the cord the TV stuff is limited to just putting a show on, which was apparently helpful whilst reviewing boring launch games :D Can't see it being that useful in the UK unless they do some sort of sports tie up with Sky, time will tell.

I think it would be a cool feature generally though, I would use it for some stuff, depending on game.

It would be excellent if they fully implemented the PVR functionality so you could plug a TV box into the Xbox, and use the xbox to set recordings and control the channel (even using the tablet app to browse listing and set recordings), however I cant really see that happening as Sky would be properly annoyed and do whatever they could to block that functionality
Vittorio 22nd November 2013, 12:42 Quote
Everyone is going on about how they want the XBone to do this and that, but whats is the point? Its a games console that is there to play games on, why would you want to talk to it? Its not going to have a conversation with you, for a new console to use out of date tech inside seems to be a bit of a sideways step. Why put DDR 3 into it? Its was not a cost saving exercise, why not make the HDD accessible to the user to upgrade and replace?

End of the day it is going to be down to what people want a PS4 or a XBone they will make the decision. I will own both but the XBone will sit in the box and never get opened as I dont want to have to pay for a game and then pay again to play it online with others.

The more important factor is going to be which one will be Hacked first to allow homebrew to run on it?
Gareth Halfacree 22nd November 2013, 12:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vittorio
End of the day it is going to be down to what people want a PS4 or a XBone they will make the decision. I will own both but the XBone will sit in the box and never get opened as I dont want to have to pay for a game and then pay again to play it online with others.
Got some bad news for you there, chap: the PS4 requires the player to have a paid PSN+ subscription for multiplayer online gaming, just like the Xbox 360/Xbox One require a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Good news: your PSN+ subscription will also get you free games! Bad news: so does Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold subscription, under the Games with Gold programme. Basically, one of the biggest reasons to opt for a PS3 over an Xbox 360 no longer applies to the PS4 and Xbox One.
sandys 22nd November 2013, 12:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Vittorio
Everyone is going on about how they want the XBone to do this and that, but whats is the point?

Its trying to be more than a games console, it is trying to tie into all things TV related and become your home entertainment hub, everyone from big companies like Sony, Samsung, Apple, Google, MS etc to Supermarkets like Tesco are vying for that position to try and get you to spend money through their portals and preferably theirs alone, MS is getting stuck right in there by taking in something that people spend many hours doing, watching their TV and offering overlays etc to augment the experience. I like the idea but it's going to take time.

Whilst it sorts itself out i'll be playing on a PS4, i'm already locked into to that ecosystem .
Cei 22nd November 2013, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
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Originally Posted by Vittorio
End of the day it is going to be down to what people want a PS4 or a XBone they will make the decision. I will own both but the XBone will sit in the box and never get opened as I dont want to have to pay for a game and then pay again to play it online with others.
Got some bad news for you there, chap: the PS4 requires the player to have a paid PSN+ subscription for multiplayer online gaming, just like the Xbox 360/Xbox One require a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Good news: your PSN+ subscription will also get you free games! Bad news: so does Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold subscription, under the Games with Gold programme. Basically, one of the biggest reasons to opt for a PS3 over an Xbox 360 no longer applies to the PS4 and Xbox One.

True. I'm disappointed that you now need PSN+ for full functionality, but PSN+ or even a barebones PS4 still has advantages over Microsoft's approach:
1) Media apps aren't behind the PSN+ paywall, unlike Gold.
2) Free-to-Play games aren't behind the PSN+ paywall (such as PlanetSide2).
3) PSN+ free game are ridiculously better than the ones offered by Gold.
Gareth Halfacree 22nd November 2013, 13:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
1) Media apps aren't behind the PSN+ paywall, unlike Gold.
The media apps that exist, anyway. Shame about DLNA, MP3, CD playback, innit? (Yes, yes, I know, support has been hinted - but only hinted - to be coming in the future. Still knocks about 50% of what I use my PS3 for out the water until that happens, though.)
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Originally Posted by Cei
3) PSN+ free game are ridiculously better than the ones offered by Gold.
True for the current generation, but Microsoft hasn't stated what games will be on offer for the Xbox One yet. Remember that the original Games With Gold was a stop-gap programme designed to keep current-gen buyers happy while the hype machine built up steam for the Xbox One launch; now it's been confirmed as being a permanent feature of a Gold subscription, I'd expect Microsoft to dramatically improve the quality of titles on offer simply to compete with Sony.

Disclaimer: I own a PS3 and an Xbox 360 (among other things), used to have a paid Gold subscription but no longer do, and have no intention of buying an Xbox One or a PS4 until at least the sales in January 2015.
Cei 22nd November 2013, 13:41 Quote
If Sony continue as they have, media apps (apparently the BBC iPlayer one is due) will remain outside the PSN+ paywall, ditto future functionality of DLNA etc. I think Sony got caught with their trousers down on that one and are scrambling to put those bits and bobs back in. It's similar to the PS3 in a way, as that also launched with very poor media functionality beyond the BD drive.

I hope MS improve their offerings on Games with Gold, because the current ones are terrible. Sony are kicking off the PS4 with Resogun, which is amazing...and nothing from MS.

Oh, here's a list of what Gold gets you:
Multiplayer gaming
Premium entertainment apps
Internet Explorer
Exclusive deals and special offers, including discounts
OneGuide
GameDVR
Skype
SmartMatch

Bit floored that SmartMatch, Internet Explorer and GameDVR are behind the paywall. Internet Explorer, really?


EDIT: For clarity, I also own a PS3 and 360. No longer have a Gold sub as it was a waste of money, but I do have PSN+. PS4 on order.
sandys 22nd November 2013, 14:37 Quote
Just had a disgruntled delivery guy come around the office moaning about all the Xbox he has to deliver today and can't believe so many people have the money to waste on these things, seems popular :D
aLtikal 22nd November 2013, 21:50 Quote
I think if you just want a console to play games on then the PS4 is the winner. Cheaper, slightly better hardware etc, but if you want a media player and games console then the XBone is better. It depends on your needs. The other key thing to consider is what your friends will be playing on because you don't want to buy a console and have to play online on your own all the time. And finally what exclusive titles are going to be available in the future that you're going to want to play?

All i want is a games console, I like the PS4 exclusive games and all my mates are getting PS4's too. So that's an easy decision for me....
Maki role 22nd November 2013, 22:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by WarrenJ
I'll buy the halo special edition.

I'm quite looking forward to doing that too actually. I've never been in the position where I've needed a new console at the time of the Halo special edition (and I can't justify just getting a new one because... needs). They'd better release an awesome version like the Halo 4 edition, because quite frankly I think the Xbox One looks like crap (not a fan of the PS4 either). Halo 5's looking to be a pretty expensive game...
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