Pros 1080p gaming, Azure-powered Xbox Live, fast boot-up thanks to always-on capability, smart and fast matchmaking, real multitasking, Kinect 2 is legit, worthy exclusive games, works with accessories like keyboards and external hard drives
Cons Not as good of a launch lineup as originally hoped (though better than the competition), still waiting for developers to fully embrace cloud computing, Kinect 2 stumbles at times with voice recognition (a software patch is supposedly in the works)
Summary Xbox One is the gaming console that everyone needs to consider. Its games and entertainment packages far outweigh that of its rival console, the PlayStation 4. Where Sony has dropped the ball in multimedia content support and partnerships through mediums like the NFL and TV integration, Microsoft has succeeded. It is essentially toe-to-toe with the PlayStation 4 in terms of graphics and computing prowess, so multiplatform titles will typically look identical. It will be the exclusives that Sony seems to not have anymore where the PlayStation 4 COULD show just a hint of superiority, but only in the visuals - nothing more.I'm playing games on my Xbox One, a few that you can't play on the PS4 because they're exclusive. Also, Son'ys PS4 caps at 176GB/s memory bandwidth, but the ESRAM and DDR3 memory set with the silicon they run can offer 192GB/s or more, though the pre-production consoles didn't run at that, and day-one was estimated to run around 133GB/s. Also, the ESRAM was designed to handle a lot of those shader computations and that ESRAM runs around 204GB/s according to a couple reports benchmarking the typical ESRAM capabilities.
Because of the Xbox One's cloud computing solution, powered by the mighty and worldwide Azure platform (a Microsoft service which already powers Skydrive and other enterprise cloud spaces, including the well known iCloud), Microsoft has the long term play in mind. Their bet is that as cloud computing rises, which is inevitable, so to will their ability to play host to better looking and more content-rich game worlds. This will be in part because those internet-connected computers can be used to render CERTAIN visual elements, reducing the stress on the console itself, leaving more power to be available locally. On top of that, cloud services from Azure promise to deliver the fastest matchmaking experience possible.
Xbox One will carry over much, if not all, of the apps and content available from Xbox 360. But because it shares a common core with Windows 8, there's the potential for a vast app marketplace (though likely carefully guarded) on the One where other consoles will easily fall far behind on. Add the exciting exclusives coming from Microsoft, including blockbuster hits like Fable, Halo, Forza, and new beginnings from the likes of TitanFall, Ryse, Quantum Break, and a handful of new exclusives produced by as-yet-unrevealed studios internally, and it all adds up to the "one console to rule them all". Fanboys will argue that the PlayStation 4 is the gamers choice, but the PlayStation 3 aggressively counters that argument since the competitive gaming leagues opted to stay away from the PS3 and push the Xbox 360 instead. Not to say that the PlayStation brand is dead, but in the US, Microsoft is king, and its quickly growing platform is about to explode.
The only question that really remains is the one Microsoft makes an argument for: can this console really survive 10 years? Soon, 2K & 4K resolutions will be the norm and digital TV providers could push content in that direction. While the Xbox One is said to support 4K content, it seems impossible that a game like Battlefield 4 or Halo 5 could run smoothly on 4K resolutions with the current hardware, seeing how even the mighty Nvidia Titan graphics cards, which retail for $999 at this time, can't push current PC games into 4K territory without compromising on important details like lighting and anti-aliasing. This is the territory that games need to find their way to sooner than later, and that's the one gripe I have about these new consoles - it's their lack of raw power that could be their greatest drawback in the next 3-5 years. That's barely 1/2 of the consoles lifecycle. Perhaps Microsoft intends to refresh this console before we hit 2020?
Updated on Jan 18, 2014
As a game machine it's great, as a multimedia machine it's great. Read up on how Microsoft intends to build out the Xbox One and its content offering. They have a freaking Halo TV show coming out for crying out loud.
After nearly 2 months with my XB1 I have had zero lock ups and zero crashes software-wise. A couple games have bugs but that's on the developers not the console. So far, so good for me. Sorry if anyone else has had a different experience.
Pros TV integration,
Kinect voice commands are great!
Cons None really
Pros The Xbox One's pros are thanks in part to Microsoft. One word: Azure. The Xbox One has access to 300,000 dedicated servers for things such as Xbox Live. What the Xbox One lacks in hardware, it makes up for in the possibilities of offloading to Azure.
Cons While Azure is good and all, the Xbox One still has outdated RAM, using the DDR3 as opposed to the much faster GDDR5.
Kinect integration was foreseen, but at times the Kinect's inability to recognize soft spoken commands gets tiring.
Summary When Microsoft created the Xbox One, it had one thing in mind: the future. The Xbox One has 4K support as well as 3D. It has a pioneered HDMI in port, something previously unheard of in gaming platforms. While the Xbox One is still a work in progress, it is a great investment.
Pros 100 million new features. Love every one.
Cons There are some bugs that need to be worked out.
Pros Power, Controller, Gesture, Voice recognition, IR blaster, Skype, Interface and Xbox live.
Cons The look of the console.
Summary It's actually it's quite amazing for a "Day one" console. I didn't experience any lag or bug so far ! One of the thing I would actually be negative about is that this console has so much potential but there's so little fonctions available right now. The Voice recognition is nice but there's still a little of work to do on it.
First I was not really excited about the IR blaster but it's quite cool to say "Xbox On" and "Xbox Turn Off" and all your entertainment system is actually following !
Now another thing I'm not quite satisfied it's the fact that the "cable provider" is not available for us (I live in Canada) so all the nice fonctions like the "interactive guide" are not available.
Anyways I'm aware that I'm one of the "First adopter" of it.
I have to go back to Ryse (I have to say it's quite fun!!! even tho the reviews are not so good)