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XBOX One Impressions

I have had my time to play the XBOX ONE and really dig into the settings and Game play. I’m going to share some of my thoughts with you.

Setup-

This setup was easy to configure but the learning curve was pretty big. I used the Kinect with my 360 but not to the extent that the voice could completely control my system let alone the TV and any other game. I spent 3 full days retraining myself to become accustom to the Kinect 2.0 system. The training is something that I would compare to the iPhone when it first debut Siri. Its something you like having but don’t feel cool using it all the time. Once you begin to understand how to utilize the hardware you noticed navigating between menus is rather quick when using voice support.

IPV6-

This was touted by Major Nelson and other before the launch informing you that to get the best performance from your system you will want to have IPv6 provided by your ISP and or internal router. Knowing this and being an pro IPv6 guy. I went out and got a new beefy AC1700 router. Once I got the Xbox One  and noticed no IPv6 controls and no support for AC wireless spectrum. Microsoft has to understand that to really bring in technology on these new consoles the first think that will be tested is speed of the network. You dont want your console to be the bottleneck for slow performance. Microsoft has noted that a software update can allow the system to utilize AC wireless speeds.

Updates-

This was something Microsoft has had tons of experience with so to see how they handled the game updates and system updates was rather disappointing. I wanted the system to improve upon the update system from the x360 where the updates come through and don’t request you to accept it. They did remove the update request that causes you to have to disconnect from Xbox live and download and install the update but new game updates are downloaded prior to playing the game. This slows down your process of opening a new game and playing it immediately.

Game Installs- 

Microsoft dropped the ball on this one. They were highly touted for having the fasted start game and play setup on the x360. Now with this new blue-ray drive you have to wait about 10-20 mins before you can start playing the full game. Also the fast start only allows you to play campaign modes first during the installation process this if with the downloaded titles. (Note with a future update they will give you the ability to choose the multi player or campaign to install first.

Performance-

The performance of the system is great. People have some thoughts on the PlayStation’s GPU and Memory performance and give it the trophy for best performing system. But think about how the XBOX One has integrated TV, Voice, and Snap features. This device is clearly more next gen than the PS4. Currently the Xbox is getting crap for games performing at native resolution of 900p while delivering 60 fps. When you look at a release game like Forza that is delivering both 1080p resolution and 60fps why are other games having trouble with this. I  believe right now the coding for these games is more cram than polish once they start to understand how to best maximize the hardware this 1080p issue will disappear leaving only the features that will separate the two consoles and truthfully you can just do more on the X1.

Questions on design-

These are my unanswered questions on the design of the X1.

  • Why did they move to a Kinect featured interface? (Makes me think they put to much though into the kinect the addition of good voice recognition is good enough Gesture is over rated)
  • Why did they move away from changeable internal hard drives? (The games are bigger, 500gb is not enough to last through to the next iteration) They have to give us the ability to upgrade the harddrive I have a hybrid SSD 2TB drive that would be great.
  • What prompted them to not improve upon the Party chat? (Instead they broke it hopefully they will have this fixed with the march update. I was expecting a full featured chat menu with the ability to break the party into groups for versus.)
  • DRM removal? This was something that I felt could have been a big game changer. I wanted the ability to share games with friends and borrow. This to me would have been better than trading in used games for less than the value to criminals like game stop.

 

 

 

Uncharted 3 Drakes Deception

This is a pretty late review of the game but I have to write it after playing 13+ chapters of the best game I have played since God of War 3. This game is great. I’m going to break down the ratings on this games strong points.

Graphics: This game is only available on the PS3 and it probably could only be played on this console because the amount of space needed on disk and the processing power needed exceeds the Xbox 360. The amount of detail that went into this game is astonishing.  From close ups on characters to distant villages and mountain views. This game displays amazing touch and give you the personal feeling that you are no longer playing the game and just experiencing an adventure. If you knew you could get this kind of quality from the games you purchased I would have no problem paying 75 bucks on this game.

Game play: This is were it gets tricky. The game does some great things with the controls and it does some horrible things. The aiming system needs work, manually aiming at closing enemies is a tough task and evading enemies in fight sequences can almost be an instant death sentence. That said Climbing, Button mashing melee’s, Sneak attacks, and the mixture of all them I think the engineers couldn’t have done a better job. The games ability to make you think and solve problems on the fly with enough action and suspense to cause a heart attack is phenomenal. This may be the only title since God of War that improves on the game each year and makes you want more. My wife and I play this game as a team because once you start you attempt to beat the game in one sitting. The game/movie is intense with drama, love, betrayal and Action.

My Rating: 9.7