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.
Summary: The Microsoft Xbox One is a top video game console, giving your family a complete media hub and excellent gaming opportunities. Microsoft listens to gamers, and many of the console's changes reflect what consumers want. At this point, cloud computing is still nothing more than a gimmick, but the Xbox One has a large list of amazing games coming in the next few years.
Pros: The Microsoft Xbox One becomes your all-in-one media hub, able to play excellent games, access Skype and record cable TV.
Cons: Despite promises that cloud computing would make the Xbox One the most powerful console, few games utilize the tool in any way.
Excerpt: Simply put, the arrival of the Xbox One couldn’t have come at a better time for users. Though people don’t yet know it, the nature of entertainment has changed. Now more than ever, users have a complicated set of tasks that they expect their devices to do.
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.
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
Excerpt: The Xbox One is built using an impressive set of technology to provide next-generation gaming, while also promising to be at the centre of the home entertainment experience in your living room.