I picked up an Xbox One for my son and myself on Black Friday, 2014. I purchased the Assassin’s Creed $329 version of the unit from BestBuy.com. I’m a dedicated sci-fi fan so I have no interest in Assassin’s Creed and that game did not entice me to purchase the unit. My purchase was based on only 2 factors:
- My son wanted an Xbox One and I wanted to be on the same gaming platform that he was on.
- Price, since I had to buy two units, I wanted to limit the damage.
I haven’t bought any new hardware in years and the Xbox 360 was doing me fine. So what does the Xbox One bring me?
- A new menu structure that is arcane
- Superior graphics for sure
- Continued availability of Bungie’s Destiny
- Master Chief Collection
The Xbox One runs fine, not like the early 360’s that had so many heat and performance issues. While the unit is larger, it isn’t massive and comfortably rests on little shelf from Offi.com (no longer available, sorry).
I use a wired connection for my Xbox One. It’s ethernet cable plugs right to my Airport Extreme. My NAT is now OPEN and performance seems solid on a Comcast 20MBPS download 6MBPS upload “Performance” connection. The unit comes with a wireless controller. I’ve added the Microsoft controller adapter and plugged my Astro A30 directly into the controller adapter, losing the 2012 Astro Mixamp in the process. This setup reduces the number of cords on my desk significantly and I like that.
The Xbox One UI seems wedded to the idea that you would communicate with the unit via Kinect; that is, via voice control. I do not have or want an Xbox Kinect. So, given that I have to use a game controller to interface with a set of boxes, representing menu choices, it is understandably clunky. Some players complain about the clunky UI and I don’t blame them. Simple actions like inviting your entire party to a game is hard to find. Initially, I had a hard time finding my game invites but fellow gamers helped out there. There’s a tiny box in the upper left that if you highlight and press ‘A’ gives you a stream view of your invites. The Xbox One tutorial is quite useless.
There are transitional load pauses in Destiny when crossing areas such as from ‘The Divide’ to the ‘Rocket Yard’ that I did not experience on the 360. This seems odd since the Xbox One specs are so much higher than the 360.
Master Chief Collection
I’m one of those players that prefers to play agains the AI rather than human players, although I do both. So I’ve only played Spartan Ops on this game so far. One of the reasons for not playing humans yet is that the controls and the visual depth of field seems so different from the Xbox 360 version. I’m still getting used to it after about 8 episodes. My son, 18, has no such issues and has dived right into matchmaking.
If you’re an Xbox 360 gamer your upgrade path will lead to the Xbox One at some point. To enjoy your games you don’t have to purchase this hardware. But it is the next generation console so it’s only a matter of time. And the graphics are noticeably better, so why not?