So a few posts ago I mentioned that I was going to purchase the Xbox One over the Playstation 4. I can say that I did purchase it in December of 2013. Let me first say that the Xbox shouldn’t have been released when it was. The OS could have baked a little bit longer and been in better shape for its initial offering. That being said, it’s come a long way since then. Microsoft is releasing near monthly updates and listening to user feedback to put in what it has been sorely missing. Since I purchased it the following features have been added:
- Twitch broadcasting
- Friends online notifications
- Battery usage icon
- Hard drive usage icon
- Party chat improvements (chat on by default, cross game chat)
- Stereo headset and adapter support
- USB Keyboard support
Some of these may look like they should have been there at launch and honestly, they should have but Microsoft has shown they’ve learned from their missteps and are listening to their users now. Another thing I think Xbox has shown to have over its competition is games. I have read and know of people that have PS4s that aren’t using them because there’s no games to play. The launch titles and release since then give Xbox the advantage. Several of those titles being Ryse, Forza 5, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty Ghosts, Titanfall, Peggle 2, Trials Fusion and Killer Instinct. There are a few things that are a bit irritating though. One is navigating party chat when you’re in a game. Typically it ‘snaps’ (puts it on the right side of the screen) the chat while your game runs in 75% of the screen on the left. I sometimes have trouble making the game go full screen and it’s not quite clear how to do that. Another thing that is frustrating is the price of digital releases. One decision I’ve made with this console is to go all digital. I don’t want to be swapping discs in and out to play games. However, there have been only 1 or 2 sales on digital releases and then they go back to full price. Why can I buy a new game at $20-30 cheaper on a disc when the digital is full price?
Overall I’m pretty happy with my Xbox One. I’ve found I only use the Kinect for voice navigation since I’m in a room that is too small to play Kinect games. The integration into the TV is nice as well to be able to turn on my Xbox and my TV at the same time with my voice. I look forward to what Microsoft has to show at E3 as far as games.