Here’s what we think about the Xbox One

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So last night Xbox revealed the future of the Xbox brand and the new name, which took us by  surprise. The new Xbox is going to be called the Xbox One and this is what we think about it.

Gavin’s take on the Xbox One

The Good

The updated Kinect looks like it really works and we are finally getting the early promises of Kinect delivered. Whether it will be used for anything more than talking to my console is still to be seen but it’s a big leap in technology and that’s always good.

They announced 15 new exclusives that will be revealed at E3 2013 with 8 of them being brand new titles. That’s a big deal and the biggest complaint we’ve had recently over the Xbox brand is that it really hasn’t had any good exclusives recently.

EA Sports joining the Microsoft camp, over the last few years EA has very much been in the PlayStation camp and porting to the Xbox but it seems like they are taken with the new Xbox One and will now work the other way. This isn’t good for us multi-platform fans but it is a good sign that the Xbox One is a solid piece of machinery.

The Bad

There was an over emphasis on American entertainment for a worldwide reveal. I’m really starting to believe that the guys and girls in the Xbox department really don’t know that there is a whole wide world out there. A world that couldn’t care less about the NFL and ESPN.

We’d rather be watching Rugby, Cricket, Premier League and watching decent sporting channels like Super Sport or Sky Sports.

NFL Fantasy league… really? That’s one of your big announcements? How’s that for a move directed solely at the dude-bro’s of American college?

Skype, it’s not new or ground breaking and yet it took up around 10% of the event and included that absolutely awful staged video chat. We know you spent a fortune on buying Skype but not many people care.

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The Ugly

wtfWe didn’t hear anything about Xbox Live going free, or online multiplayer being added to Xbox Silver.

That console…last night at the press event many people were saying how they loved the look of it but I have to be honest and say I really really don’t. Maybe things will change when I see it in real life but right now it looks exactly like my old Betamax.

And just like that old Betamax the Xbox One can only be used horizontally, this is apparently due to the Blu-Ray drive which is the worst excuse I’ve ever seen. If Sony can make it work so should you Microsoft.

New Xbox One hardware is sleek and modern and complements any décor. The console is shaped in the 16:9 aspect ratio and employs a horizontal orientation optimized for its high-speed Blu-ray disc player. It is molded [sic] in a deep and rich liquid black color [sic] and includes a distinctive beveled [sic] edge.

Three typos in one paragraph in a press release… kills me.

The Unknown

The snap ability could be useful, but it could also be totally useless. I use Windows 8 and the only time I use snap is when I accidently drag something to the wrong space.

Movie controls by hand can be useful, or your idiotic brother could keep ruining your movie.

Smart Match sounds awesome

· A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates waiting in lobbies by estimating wait times and finding people you want to play with while you are enjoying other activities — reputation fundamentally matters and helps find best matches.

But is this just an admittance that matchmaking is always going to be slow on the Xbox and they are rather going to work around it instead of fixing it?

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Last Updated: May 22, 2013

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