Did you get an Xbox One? Tell us what you think!

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Earlier this week, the Xbox One was finally released here in South Africa after 10 months of waiting. That was risky on Microsoft’s part. Sony’s PlayStation 4 was released here less than a month after it was available in larger markets – so many had already chosen a side in the new generation of consoles. Of course, like any brand, Xbox has its die-hard loyalists; the people who waited despite bad news and a lengthy wait. Was the wait worth it?

For the first time since the PlayStation 1’s release in SA, I didn’t get a brand new console on release. I suffer from the worst case of technolust. Right now though, I’m okay with the fact that I don’t have one. I just don’t see the need for having both of the new consoles at the moment – and I’m currently packing a PS4, a Wii U and a PC, along with all the handhelds so my gaming needs are pretty sated.

That said, I’ll very much need one in the future – not just because I do this stuff for a living, but because I need Quantum Break and the next Gears of War in my life. Enough about me though; tell us what you think of your shiny new Xbox Ones – good or bad -  if you happened to get one on Tuesday.

If you picked one up, let us know of your general experiences; setting the thing up, how you’re gaming’s going. that sort of thing. If you’re the fortunate owner of both new-gen systems, let us know what you think of the differences betwixt the two. And of course, if you’re an adherent of the master race, feel free to continue to tell us how much consoles suck.

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As a not so subtle reminder: We’re giving an Xbox One away.

Last Updated: September 25, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’ll tell you what I think as soon as I “win” the “competition”.

    • JJ the Reus

      You have a pc, you’ve already won. ;P

      • Hammersteyn

        He want’s to One.

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Just One’s in my life.

    • “Competition” HAHAHAHAH

  • Admiral Chief 0

    I’m quite happy with mine.


    • You bought one? Or you just trolling 😛

      • FoxOneZA

        Shhhh 😛

      • Admiral Chief 0

        I acquired One, yes

        • Why? I thought you were PC yadda yadda…

          • Spathi

            You’re asking the wrong questions Rince.

            Admiral, did you purchase a Xbox One console for yourself?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I think he still believes he has a chance of winning my competition.

        • Spaffy

          Acquired. As in you hit the 13yr old over the head as he came out the store, and ran away with his xbox?

        • HvR

          Xbox One or a male midget stripper called One/Juan

  • Admiral Chief 0
  • eXpZA

    Didn’t get one, however I do plan on doing so in a few years time. Last gen, there were dozens of reasons to dual own. At the moment, most games are multi-plat and the good exclusives are currently all on PS4. When (not if, when) the powerhouse MS exclusives start to build up, I’ll get a One just for them.

    Ultimately, at the end of the day, my console is used for gaming and I live in South Africa. Those two factors alone limit the additional features the One offers, and as a gaming platform the PS4 is the better choice.

    • Jonah Cash

      I will also buy a slim Bone when it releases…. Wait what????

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Is the slim Bone connected to the hip Bone?

  • Karl Roomaney

    My budget don’t allow me as yet to buy one

  • FoxOneZA

    I unexpectedly ended up purchasing the Xbox One. The console isn’t as large as one would think it is and it actually looks neater than the PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii U in my display stand. The first update takes about an hour to download on a 2mbps line but thereafter it’s a dream to access any content whether it’s on Xbox Live or on your consoles hard drive.

    So far I gave Killer Instinct, Forza 5, Super Time Force, Pinball FX2 and Panzer Dragoon a go. Forza 5 is a virtual epic motor encyclopedia that has the perfect sim experience whereas Killer Instinct is a button mashing fighter that gives MK and SF a run when it comes to pulling of combos.

    The conroller has to be the best bit of kit this gen. It’s solid and sturdy. The even more finite control offered this time round makes the DS3 controller feel like an old NES joystick but it’s one of those things that you have to experience first “hand”.

    • Sageville

      Did you get the one with or without the kinetic?

      • FoxOneZA

        Without the kinect. R8k and to support a gaming PC would be too much 😛

    • CAE9872

      I am jealous! I actually went out yesterday and saw one in the flesh and was also amazed at how “small” it is. I was expecting this massive hunk but it ultra sleek.

      I am like Geoff, this is the first console, bar WiiU, that I do not now own on day one in last 15 years or so…and it hurts so bad! Arrrgggghhhhh!!!!

    • L337J1MB0B

      Your boner is actually smaller than one might expect huh?

    • Aussious

      This gen we are on oppsite sides of the fence.

  • Anon A Mouse

    I haven’t been notified that I’ve won yet. I can’t comment on something that I don’t own yet.

  • JHN

    Got mine on day one and have to say im loving it, their is a bit of a learning curve with the new dashboard but once you have that down you are good to go.
    playing Diablo 3 ROS and between that and the one its a winner

  • GooseZA

    I got mine on Tuesday. Love it. Analog sticks could be a bit stiffer on the controller but it’s still amazing.

  • Hammersteyn

    Will buy one eventually. Halo 5, Quantum Break and Gears of War demands it.

  • Anon A Mouse

    I do however hear that the One hasn’t sold out as the PS4 did. But without any figures behind the PS4 and One release that probably isn’t saying much.

    • xdvd

      PS4 sold out due to limited quatities. Much more stock of Xbox One available.

      • Anon A Mouse

        That’s why I say it probably isn’t saying much. However the cynic in me says that Microsoft over estimated the amount of consoles that will ship and therefore much more stock is available.

        I see they only shipped 1700 or so consoles in Japan in week three after launch, which is sad if it’s true.

    • FoxOneZA

      It’s a stupid time of year to launch any new product. The PS4 was launched at the right time and at the right price.

  • Spathi

    No. What I did spend my hard earned money on was a root canal. It wasn’t all that nice, and I won’t recommend it to anyone, except maybe psychopaths. Maybe even not to psychopaths. It’s your money though and you can do as you please.

    PS: I’ll ask the fucking dentist if he bough a Xbox One with my money and provide feedback in due time.

    • 🙁

      • Spathi

        The dentist only did one side of my mouth, so it was more like :/
        There were a lot of drool also on that side, but I’m not that clued up on how to show that. Maybe :/““ ?
        Damn you Coke!!!

        • Spaffy


        • Mossel

          hahaha!! Had a root canal about 3 months ago man…although not entirely pleasant, it wasn’t as bad as people made it out to be. Also, I hate that fucking grinder.

        • dawith

          Brushing ur teeth also saves money

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I know those feels. I could have upgraded my PC twice for what I’ve spent on dental bills the last few years.

  • ReaperOfSquirrels

    I’ll give feedback once I win ONE (or at least one) of the multiple competitions I’ve entered.

  • cywizz

    Mine got delivered day one at 8am…very exited until I opened the box and saw that Kalahari delivered the wrong bundle (without Kinect) but with all the Kinect bundle games! So I am still waiting for them to do the swop….its like buying a brand new car but the wheels are clamped!

  • CAE9872

    I have not yet purchased one but have seen it in the flesh! Dammit I want ONE!!!

    • FoxOneZA

      After playing with the One at Dion Wired I changed my mind about not getting the XBox One 🙂

      • CAE9872

        I wish I could ask you to be guinea pig but I wonder if it is possible to buy Titanfall and play it locally – I imagine its possible?

        PS – must stop talking to you…I am just going to go out and buy one and I promised myself not yet!!! Patience…

        • FoxOneZA

          LOL! Yes you can buy Titanfall. It’s in the local ZA store for R549 or you can get it for R449 from these guys http://www.prepaidgamer.com/titanfall-xbox-one/

          Be warned that after the launch period we may not be getting the console + 2 games deal anymore. I see places like Game are selling just the standalone console for R6299.

  • FoxOneZA

    One other feature I enjoyed is swapping between UK and US marketplace at the flick of a switch. No pesky region locking on profiles with the One.

    • Brady miaau

      that does sound good

    • CAE9872

      Now that is interesting…

  • Deano

    I own a PS4 and am happy with it, but after playing the Xbox one demo unit on Tuesday evening that controller is so much better than the flimsy Ps4 one. So will definatly pick a Xbox one up next year when some decent exclusives drop.

    • The controller is worlds apart.

      • The Jackal

        I must admit, I got a monster pc, and found that all tough the ps4 has slightly better graphics then the XONE, I feel that Microsoft has manage something with contrast to make games look better on the XONE than on the PS4.

        I bought one today purely for the fact that the xbox control is worlds apart from the ps4 controler. I mean it just makes sense pushing the left thump stick up that high. The ps4 remote actually hurts your hand after long hours of play.

        I also bought the console purely for the exclusives on it. Forza is worlds apart from anything ps4 can offer. I don’t even have to say anything about HALO.

        The funny thing is i hate Microsoft but have to give them credit for a great machine which i also didn’t want to buy, but touching it made me change my mind (that and the love for Forza).

  • Dark

    Enjoying the One, havn’t turned on my PC lately.

  • Skyblue

    So I plugged mine in and did the update. Every game I have needs huge updates or a huge download to install (40gb for Forza).

    The controllers are awesome and the interface is very slick but there is a lot of having to get used to where shit is. It also tends to decide on it’s own which downloads to prioritize and doesn’t give you proper information on how much data is still required to download once you’ve started them.

    The PS4 controllers impressed me a lot more than I thought they would because they looked so ugly but the Xbone controller is pure class.

    I’ll let you know how the games are when I finally get to play something and my Resogun addiction lets me play something else.

  • crizz1066

    No I got the more powerful ps4

  • mannam13

    I picked mine up the day after it released and I have to say, I love it! I’ve only ever had Sony consoles and I’ve almost exclusively got Sony devices in my home (slight fanboy). I’ve been weighing up which to get since last year and the Xbox tipped it for me. (I must be one of the few Sony to Microsoft converts of this gen…)

    I feel like the Xbox is a far more forward thinking overall device with so much to offer whereas the PS4 is mostly just a hardware upgrade on the PS3.

    I’m not a huge gamer so the Xbox One suits my needs far better and I’m damn happy with my choice! Though, if anyone wants to donate a PS4 I wouldn’t say no 😉

  • johanG

    Extremely happy with mine ! Traded in ps4 for it…dissapointing ps4 was. Ready for forza horizon 2 next week and sunset overdrive and halo ! Cant wait.

  • Tidycpc

    Love it!

  • GR1M

    I got myself a ABOX One via FNB. What an awesome console. Got it just for Forza 5.

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