NOW in its third generation, Microsoft’s Xbox home- gaming consoles need no introduction. Eight long years after the launch of popular Xbox 360, an heir has arrived.
To look at, the Xbox One is about as bland as shiny black boxes come, which does mean it’s unlikely to look out of place amongst your home hi- fi .
The unique Kinect sensor, which was an optional add- on for the last console, now comes bundled and has been updated with improved accuracy of both voice and gesture commands.
Aside from the added memory, storage, and computing power under the Xbox One’s hood, another welcome new feature is the option to plug in a digital TV set- top box, such as a TiVo. This allows you to watch free- to- air TV.
While TV program guide information is available in other countries, this feature is not supported locally.
It’s also worth noting the new game controller has seen some improvement, with enhanced rumble capabilities, and refi nements to the action buttons, D- pad, and analogue sticks.
The Xbox One’s redesigned main menu feels foreign at fi rst, and shares much in common with Windows 8 for PC. The main home page is for accessing your game library, messaging friends, editing your game avatar and changing settings.
Then to the left of this is an area you can place frequently used apps and on the right of the home page is the online store. The new snap feature works well, allowing you to run two applications side- by- side on the screen.
The Xbox One launched with just over 20 games available. Sadly though, the most hyped titles are not expected until next year.