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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TECH - Mike Wil­cox XBOX ONE CON­SOLE RRP: $ 599 Email mike@ hy­per­ac­tiveg­ames. com

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.

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