Hey Geeks, today we’re talking about the Xbox One which releases this Friday, November 22nd. I, for one, like many of you have my Xbox One pre-ordered and cannot wait to get my hands on this new beautiful console.
I have read a lot about PS4 vs. Xbox One and I haven’t seen anything that can convince me other wise that the two power systems aren’t pretty much the same; with the Xbox One having a few more bells and whistles to it. First off are the Specs for the Xbox One which you can see here.
Processor : 8-core x86 processor. Games will also be able to use the cloud processing power as well.
Video Processor: AMD DirectX 11.1 based GPU, 32 MB ESRAM Memory. Should be good for PC game developers as this is a familiar chipset they will be working on including the processors..
Ram: 8 GB of DDR3
CD/Physical Media Reader: Blu Ray Drive ( Cinavia Enabled ) – We mention Cinavia as because Blu Ray requires this feature built into all Blu Ray players to protect against piracy. So if you plan on streaming or playing any movies not acquired legally…those days are over. Unless of course you disconnect your ether net cable and play the video without an internet connection as many PS3 users do currently.
USB 3.0 – 2 Ports.
HDMI In/Out – Support for video passthrough for digital cable box. I personally think this was a stupid move, especially since many users are cutting the cord to cable providers. What I see most users doing is hooking up their PC’S or some other type of device. Such as the new Google Chrome Cast, or hooking up a smaller device like Roku. When we get our hands on the Xbox One we will have a tutorial on how to setup something like that. We will even show you how to use the PC through the pass through as well.
OS – Triple Operating system working in conjunction. To keep the explanation simple, think of it like virtual machines that share resources. It is a combination of the Windows 8 kernel, the Xbox One proprietary system and a interlinking system for the two systems to talk to each other.
Secondary Screen – The Xbox One will treat some devices as a secondary screen as well. This will most likely be through the Smart Glass System.
Ram – 8GB Ram/3GB to be used by the swapping system used to maintain background processes. A concern is made that the PS4 will outweigh the system in this aspect as the PS4 has the full 8GB associated to the system. As this maybe true in some instances most developers games don’t ever actually push the full ram capabilities as this would be a bad practice. If all 8GB’s were used the system would have to start relying on writing information to the hard disk. Expect that 5GB will be extremely sufficient for meeting quality standards.
Internet – Hard Wire (ethernet) and Wireless N Standard. Needless to say lag in your connection speed will fall on your internet provider as there is no reason for bottlenecks on the new system.
Kinect – Brand new kinect system that will detect more joint points and provide more accuracy. 1080P camera with advanced microphone technology built in.
Controller – Similar to the older controller but a little smaller. They removed the Start and Select buttons and have been replaced with the Switch Screen and Menu buttons. Ergonomics have also been slightly improved.
Now this is some serious power. In a recent twitter conversation I had with xbox.com/support the system will not launch with Blu-Ray 3D support but may be available in future updates. That doesn’t surprise me. This is Microsoft’s first go with a Blu-Ray drive and with the decline in 3D Blu-Ray sales it doesn’t make the best sense to have that addition right away. But other than that small set back the system is looking amazing. Here is a list of things that the Xbox One has or can do that the PS4 can not.
Now this is just a list of things that Xbox One has over the PS4 but none of it is a deal breaker on which system is better. That’s completely up to you the Gamers.
1. It comes with a 1080p HD Kinect 2. This is one of the main reasons the system is at a price point of $499.99.
2. You can have 8 controllers simultaneously connected at once.
3. It will support External storage PS4 will not.
4. Wi-Fi Direct (for Device Connection)
5. NFL APP. Paid Access to Application Via Xbox Live Gold Subscription
Below is the list of game to be launched with the Xbox One this Friday:
Okay, now which games are worth your money?
Now for the games that my make or break this launch.
Crimson Dragon, Ryse: Son of Rome, Need for Speed Rivals and Fighter Within.
How about causal games you ask well there are 3 games that I can say will be huge hits with the Casual and core gamers alike. Lego Marvel Superheros, Skylanders: Swap Force and Just Dance 2014.
Now which games will you be buying? Myself I will be getting on launch day Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV and Killer Instinct.
Now here are my 5 reasons why I think the system is worth it’s
Price point. First is the system it is packed with power and technology.
Second the games look and play amazing everything that I have played at E3 or SDCC were amazing and looked gorgeous.
Third the amazing line up of APP’s the system will launch with and are planned for the future.
Fourth the Kinect and the amazing thing it can do. NFL fantasy football smack talk through skype, Skype itself and the voice activation.
Fifth, and not least, these game may not be hitting at launch but these games are worth having the system at the get go:Halo 5 and Titanfall.
Oh and lets not forget Halo the television series. So Geeks there you have it! What is your top five reasons why you need a Xbox One ? Let us know in the comments section.
Guest Blogger: Shane Holly/obiwon2296