Ever since the Xbox One and the Play Station 4 have been announced, constant warfare has consumed the fanbase as gaming fans of both sides attack the other, slandering the other console and belittling its achievements. The truth is that the Xbox one has some good things to offer, as well as some inhibitors.
First off, the Xbox One uses an eight-core processor. The console is coming out with 8 GB of RAM and 500 GB on the hard drive. For most computer experts, this isn’t the best on the market by far, but it is certainly far more than the Xbox 360 has offered. The Xbox One has proven to outperform the 360 in every way, and there are many innovations that turn this console into a full entertainment system. The console finally has Blu-Ray player capability, and the Kinect has been rebuilt from the ground up.
According to Microsoft, it will be able to detect much more subtle movements, and the Kinect will be much more effective in watching the player’s actions and implementing that into gameplay. The Kinect will also eliminate all audio distortions so you will sound on the Kinect exactly as you do in real life, and it can now see in the dark, so you can get a better atmosphere for horror games. The Kinect also has the ability to eliminate background noise and only accept vocal feedback from one person, and can now be used to switch instantly from watching movies to playing games with a few words. These are honestly improvements long in coming, but they are not enough to sell the console just yet.
Microsoft has removed its attempts to limit used games, and it has removed the need for the console to access the Internet every 24 hours, so it is clear that Microsoft is listening to its consumers and adjusting accordingly. Whether they will attempt to reincorporate these practices later in the system’s life remains to be seen.
The games announced so far for the Xbox One include Dead Rising 3, which seems to be designed perfectly to mesh well with the console, Forza Motorsport 5, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and some other interesting new releases. So far the list of games for the console are few, but impressive, although it’s certainly nowhere near over considering that Sony constantly puts out amazing exclusives like The Last of Us, and the Play Station store has huge amounts of downloadable games in addition to the games native to the console.
So games, not Microsoft’s strong suit. What they have revamped much more efficiently, however, is their multiplayer capabilities. Microsoft is renowned for having great multiplayer exclusives like Halo and Gears of War, and it’s clear they know this, and have dedicated many resources to perfecting Xbox Live.
Multiplayer matches are now giving much more control to players with who they play with, using more advanced algorithms. Players can now select others to play with for much more criteria, like skill level with the game, which the console will record based on how well the player plays the game in question, and more. An extensive new reputation system is underway, so that cheaters will be matched with other cheaters, and gamers who play fairly and are respectful will be matched with like-minded gamers. Advanced AI capabilities now allows for your friends to battle your shadow when you’re not even around. The AI of the games themselves will adapt based on how you play, meaning there will constantly be new challenges and experiences to be had.
Even Achievements are being changed. Now, achievements will be able to tell you how you earned the achievement, giving much more information related to it. Plus, getting achievements on a game for the 360 and again on the One do stack, so you can garner the same achievements twice.
Updates now install in the background so you are not taken out of the experience, and you can now watch television as you wait for the lobby to fill up and immediately switch back almost instantly.
Entertainment overall has been worked on for this new console, which features Internet Explorer, full Skype integration, and the ability to customize your Home screen, though the extent is not yet certain. More apps than ever before have been presented to expand the entertainment value of the console, making for a much larger experience than just gaming.
For those hardcore gamers who want the most immersive and powerful gaming experience possible, the Xbox One may not be for you. While the console certainly beats its predecessor by far, it seems geared to attract people who want to casually play games and watch television. Many of the new innovations are unique and interesting, but most of them are a bit gimmicky and don’t focus on why most people buy consoles: The games. When it is released, Microsoft may prove us all wrong, and the console might be the greatest on the market. As it stands for now, however, it seems to be appealing to non-gamers too hard as this all-in-one entertainment system, and I believe that detracts from its original consumers, the gamers. If you want a casual and smooth experience, the Xbox One might be a good investment. Otherwise, you may want to weigh your options. All of the information provided here is on Microsoft’s website, and these are their claims being summarized. Whether they can live up to these promises remains to be seen, but I for one, am hopeful towards a brighter gaming future.