So Microsoft have finally announced the 360’s successor and it’s to be the XBOX ONE. Here’s a few of my thoughts about it so far:
XBox ONE Console
I have to say I really like the looks of it, sleek and understated and will blend in well under the TV. I have never liked the funky design of the original 360 or the ‘George Forman’ style PS3 and have longed for something more along the lines of a Blu-ray player. Looks like I’ve finally go what I’ve been wishing for.
Have to say I’m not that interested in the Kinect 2.0 side of things for the time being. I have Kinect already and it only gets used occasionally when I’m in the mood.
Given game installation is mandatory I would have expected a 1TB HDD as standard rather than 500GB – the difference in price is negligible.
XBox ONE Controller
The controller is staying largely the same which is fantastic news as it’s hands down the best designed controller I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It now also offers some form of force feedback for the triggers which sounds really interesting – imagine the kick-back of a gun trigger or a brake pedal in Forza!
They will carry across! I should bloody well think so too! Sadly the same can’t be said for your games…
Very disappointed. I know Sony has already said the PS4 won’t support BC but I had hoped Microsoft would, especially given the effort they put into supporting original XBox games when the 360 came out. I have hundreds of games both physical and digital for the XBox and I’m not about to consign them to the bin! I guess I’m going to have to find room for yet another box under the TV.
Apparently you CAN bring across any films and music you’ve bought on 360 but as I have never bought anything, this is of little comfort. To me it is all about the games.
It also worries me that there is now a question mark hanging over my digital download games off the marketplace. How long will Microsoft support them? What if my HDD dies and I need to re-download them in a few years time? I want some re-assurances from Microsoft that they have this covered.
Always On & Second Hand Games
Info here is a bit thin on the ground. Microsoft have said that you do need an internet connection but it doesn’t need to be ‘always on’. They are also talking about a fee to install second-hand games… Doesn’t sound good but I’ll keep an open mind for now until I hear more.
DVR for Games
This looks cool, a built-in DVR facility for recording game footage. Can’t tell if it’ll give you full control or if it’s going to be limited to kicking in automatically to record key moments of your game. Hoping for the former but interesting all the same.
There was a bit too much emphasis on TV for my liking though. Not really interested in Spielberg making a Halo series – it’s been a long time since he’s produced anything stellar anyway. Forza 5 footage looked genuinely amazing. The difference between COD:MW3 graphics and COD:Ghosts was also very impressive and I really do like the idea of having the dog on my team – so long as he doesn’t get shot! Quantum Break looked interesting although not amazing graphically yet. Had zero interest in any of the EA sports games so guess I’ll have to wait until E3 to find out what else is in store.
Will I get One?
This was never really in doubt, I’m a sucker for new tech and besides, Forza 5 has been confirmed as a launch game and I love this franchise. Count me in!