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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2013-11-25 05:38:47
Xbox One Launch
The Xbone appears to have its own "problems within the expected range for a new product introduction": a small percentage of users report a malfunctioning Blu-Ray drive. Luckily, mine is nice and quiet.
The Xbox One is an impressive machine. The PS4 has a small advantage in visuals, but Microsoft has designed an impressive user interface. They probably need a better tutorial about "pinning" and "snapping", but I'm digging it. Watching NFL Red Zone pumped from from my cable box with the NFL app integrating fantasy football snapped in was football nirvana.
However, there are a few hitches in the oneness of its media capabilities. My cable box doesn't play nice with my Xbone, (the XB1 couldn't control it) so I'll see about swapping it, and will report on that later. The console also only recognizes Windows 8, so I need to investigate an alternate means of pumping video from my computer.
The controller is quite satisfying. The d-pad, although clicky, actually works as desired. (Previous Xbox d-pads were uniformly awful.) I thought the rumble in the triggers would be gimmicky, but they are TREMENDOUS in Forza Motorsport 5.
I don't think you can go wrong with either next-gen console. I'm quite taken with both of them.
Now Playing: Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4) and Forza Motorsport 5 (XB1)