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Microsoft Xbox One, The Full ReviewThe Xbox One is more than just a game console. We know that may be blatantly obvious to many of you, but we want to drive that point home from the get-go. The gaming, home entertainment, and mobile/computing industries are vastly different than they were when the previous-gen Xbox 360 launched in late 2005. Since then, there’s been unprecedented intermingling, consolidation and integration across these markets and Microsoft took it all into consideration in the design of the Xbox One.

Of course, the Xbox One plays games—really well, actually. With its updated hardware, more refined controllers, new Kinect sensor, and a wealth of developer support, the Xbox One is an excellent gaming platform. But Microsoft’s incorporation of a hypervisor that allows the Xbox One to run the Xbox OS and Windows 8 kernel simultaneously opens up a world of additional possibilities. Couple the new hardware, innovative software implementation, and capabilities of the included Kinect sensor and you’ve got a device that’s equally as adept at running a cutting edge game as it is playing back HD video, browsing the web, or video conferencing...

Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review
Xbox One with Kinect Sensor and Wireless Controller


Does it play blu-rays?

Marco C

Yes. From the top of page 2, "The front of the Xbox One is simplistic and utilitarian. It’s completely flat, with a matte finish on the left and a glossy finish on the right. The left side houses the console’s slot-loading Blu-ray drive—which will also play standard DVDs, but not 3D Blu-Ray movies."


Great review. Cant wait to get mine on Friday!


Oops, even though it will play Blu-rays it won't play 3D Blu-rays. A serious omission.


so I've been thinking since the Xbox One is not backwards compatible would it be possible through the HDMI input for the tv to hook the your 360 up through that? Albeit it would not be true backwards compatibility it might work though for those of us who have a plethora of 360 games we have yet to finish and/or start and still want the dual functionality to watch Netflix or youtube alongside the game. I do realize you would then not be able to hook up your cable or satallite box to the Xbox One but mine doesn't have an HDMI output and the tv thing doesn't really interest me anyhow. Of course Microsoft may have already foresaw people trying to this and put stop gap measures in place to keep it from happening which is most likely the case. If I've thought of then somebody else must have thought it as well


Sometimes, I wish I weren't such a PC snob, because a lot of what the Xbox One brings to the table looks quite nice. I just can't get over the poor graphics and poor performance capabilities in general (again, I'm a PC snob), and appreciate too much the unparalleled flexibility of the PC. Back when the X360 and PS3 launched (both of which I purchased at launch), I didn't feel like the PC was vastly superior at the time. This time around, the delta is enormous. But - so is the power draw, to be fair.

That all said, I am jealous of those who will be playing Forza and Killer Instinct. And while I am not sure I'd put it to much use personally, the new Kinect is unbelievable - Microsoft -really- did nice work there.

"The new consoles may be getting the lion’s share of buzz as of late, but rest assured their arrival is a good thing for the PC."

It's a little unfortunate that it takes a new console generation to make this happen, but I'll take it. Oh, and once the Xbox One gamepad becomes available for the PC, I'm picking that bad boy up. Yet another benefit for PC gamers.

Fantastic look, Marco.


Neither system supports 3D Blu-Ray, but considering how poorly the 3D home market ended up, I think it was more a choice than an omission.


What happens when your Skype partner says "Xbox Off"? Hehehe...


Waaay cool... I'm a pc guy but I like what I see.


Ha! I should have tried that! I wonder... :)


We'll be adding an in-game screenshots gallery soon, so watch this space! :)

Marco C

@Rob - I think you should let go of the idea of "poor performance" and "poor graphics". In all honestly, I'm a PC snob as well, but I was genuinely impressed with the responsiveness of the console itself, just tooling around the OS and running apps. As for the graphics, I've got my test rig with a pair of GTX 780 Tis connected to 4K display right next to me, and I was still slack-jawed at how a couple of the games looked on the Xbox One. Of course, those were the two games that are still under embargo. Forza and Ryse look awesome. If you play those games as they're supposed to be played (large screen HDTV, sitting a few feet away, there is no way you won't be impressed. The facial animation is Ryse may be the best I've ever seen. And the models in Forza are as good as they get. Yes, you can get up close and nit pick the aliasing or texture quality in spots, but if you just sit in and play, like most poeple will, they're awesome. I can't wait for the weekend so I veg out with Ryse...