Kinect-less Xbox One is a better deal for most gamers
6 June 2014
Summary: The cheaper, no-Kinect version of the Xbox One gives buyers a better deal by eliminating the one part of the console they probably didn't want to begin with -- but the PS4 remains a compelling alternative.
Pros: This more affordable Xbox One bundle drops the Kinect and matches the price of the PS4. Microsoft has also killed the paid Xbox Live Gold requirement to access entertainment apps.
Cons: The Xbox One's dashboard is still confusing at times and the PS4 generally delivers slightly better graphics and performance on multiplatform games so far. Selection of must-have titles is still weak compared to that of previous generation consoles.
Excerpt: Microsoft wants to take over the living room. OK, maybe that premise isn’t exactly new. About 10 years ago, tech pundits used the same words when discussing the Windows Media Center PC, an all-in-one solution that combined computing and home entertainment in a big, ungainly box. You don’t hear much about Microsoft’s Media Center PC ambitions anymore. What you do hear about is the Xbox One, the latest version of the company’s successful game console.
Xbox One : faut-il craquer pour la console de jeu de Microsoft ? Nos impressions
28 March 2014
Conclusion: Les tarifs 500€ sans jeu (530€ avec un jeu) - c’est 100€ de plus que la Sony PS4 -, des jeux dont les tarifs oscillent entre 60€ et 70€, un second contrôleur facturé à 55€ : qu'on se le dise, la Xbox One n'est pas forcément à la portée de toutes les bourses . Conclusion Microsoft a mis les petits plats dans les grands pour proposer une console/boîtier multimédia bourrée de fonctionnalités. Cette console de salon joue donc sur tous les terrains.
Summary: Experts say the new user interface is confusing at first, and learning to navigate through the layers of menus is unintuitive, so expect a fairly steep learning curve. The learning curve is even higher if you'll be relying on voice commands, as reviewers say it's trial and error when it comes to learning what the Kinect will and will not understand.
Pros: Powerful gaming, Live TV integration, Kinect included
Cons: Spotty Kinect voice control, Pay wall for most online features, Large size, power brick
Excerpt: It’s been a long time coming but we finally have our review wrapped up for Microsoft’s new Xbox One. I had to stop myself short there from calling it a “video game system” because Microsoft has a grand vision for their not-so-little black box. The Xbox One is now going to be the hub of your entertainment world, the core of your family room, the center of your universe…if you believe the hype.
Xbox One review: The game console that would rule your living room (but shouldn't quite yet)
14 January 2014
Summary: Its high price and imperfect voice control and TV integration keep the Xbox One short of must-have territory, but the inclusion of Titanfall for free (for new purchases) helps Microsoft's console hold the line against Sony's compelling PS4.
Pros: Microsoft's Xbox One integrates live TV in an innovative fashion and can control your cable or satellite cable box, TV, and receiver. Most games present noticeably improved graphics over those on the Xbox 360. The One has a slightly better roster of exclusive games compared with the PS4's. Titanfall available with new Xbox Ones at no charge (as of March 11).
Cons: It costs $100 more than the PS4, and the additional Xbox Live Gold membership fee is required to use nearly every cool feature. The live TV integration is fraught with frustrations: Kinect voice commands don't always work, the new dashboard is more confusing than it needs to be, and the system lacks full DVR integration. PS4 generally delivers slightly better graphics and performance on cross-platform games so far.
Excerpt: Many game consoles aspire to be more than just a game console, but Xbox One really means it. Xbox One wants to be your everything and run your TV, your Blu-rays, your streaming, your music and, oh, sure, your videogames too. It wants to do it all with Kinect, the camera controller that’s included in every box, letting you use voice commands to control everything. And sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.
Pros: Plays games, but also adds useful functionality to your cable TV setup. Improved voice commands, multitasking between games, movies, TV, et cetera.
Cons: Voice input still hit-or-miss. Does live TV but does not let you control your DVR. No broadcasting gameplay (yet). Rechargeable controller batteries an expensive add-on, not standard.
Xbox One review: a fast and powerful work in progress
20 November 2013
Conclusion: The Xbox One is quick, quiet and capable of handling live TV and gorgeous games, all at the sound of your voice. $500 is a lot to ask, but it's much more than just a gaming console. The Xbox One's controller is mostly a refined version of the last-gen gamepad, with the new shoulder buttons being the only real step backward.
Pros: Wake-on-voice is very impressive, Excellent multitasking experience, Games are beautiful; console runs quietly, Great battery life, The best analog sticks on any gamepad, Rumble triggers!
Cons: The most expensive console available, Limited selection of exclusive titles worth playing, Missing key promised functionality at launch, Shoulder buttons are cumbersome, Requires AA batteries
Conclusion: The Xbox One is an outstanding step forward for Microsoft’s gaming brand, even if it’s not an entirely perfect machine at launch. That’s the beauty of the new Xbox though: It’s built to be flexible. This was the big lesson of the last hardware generation. There’s no way to fully plan for what’s to come. The Xbox One works right out of the box, and it works well, but it’s just a foundation.
Pros: Powerful OS is user-friendly and built for seamless multitasking, Kinect v2's well-implemented voice recognition is a new "button" for your controller, Improved internal hardware translates to smooth game performance, Cable box interconnectivity is great for TV watchers
Cons: Limited, occasionally non-intuitive voice commands, Bulky, hefty form factor, Snap same-screen multitasking is debatably useful