Playing with my new toy, the Xbox One, along with my purchase a Legend of Zelda: Link Between Worlds for the 3DS (review coming soon), I have been in gamer heaven.
Last Friday morning, I was one of the many waiting in line at midnight for a brand new Xbox One. I took it home, then set it up and installed the day one update. After it installed, the “Xbox One” green screen was on my TV for a couple (longest) minutes (of my gaming life). I panicked. I thought it was broken or I had done something wrong. All in one moment, I felt I possibly made the biggest gaming purchase mistake of my life! Then, just like that, the user interface popped up and the Xbox One was ready to serve my commands.
I started with playing Forza 5 and had a blast. Little by little, over the course of the next few days, I explored the Xbox One and its features and discovered this system has a lot to offer. During the week, I participated in a Skype call with my cousins who live in San Diego, uploaded a Battlefield 4 game clip to my Youtube using Upload Studio, played Killer Instinct, Ryse, and Crimson Dragon, and I even watched a Lakers/Warriors game while Ryse installed. Besides long game installation times (which can be a pain in the butt), the Xbox One has really impressed me.
The Xbox One User Interface (UI) is definitely the most impressive part. Some call it gimmick, some call it the future but there is something about walking into my living room and having my Xbox One pop up the notification “Hello Ericutz4thewin!,” that puts a smile on my face. At one point, I caught myself saying “Hello!” back. It’s ability to recognize when I enter the room, bring up “my stuff” in an instant, follow the directions of my voice commands, and keep me updated with all of my friends sounded so….unnecessary when Microsoft first showed off the Xbox One earlier this year. However, now that I’ve used it, I am completely in love with it.
Kinect 2.0 has put an end to all of my doubts as well. I too, was in the crowd of complaining about spending an extra $100 for something I did not want included with my system. But after using Fitness, Skype, Upload Studio, and all of the voice commands, I am now on board. It was interesting how Fitness workouts would not start until I stood up, showing that I’m “ready.” Kinect 2.0 puts the first Kinect to shame with that alone, which is funny when you think about it. It just goes to show how premature the first Kinect was. Kinect 2.0 is what the first Kinect should have been.
There are some websites who reviewed Xbox One (and PS4) and say to wait, that these systems are not ready yet. The reason for that, I feel, is probably because when it comes to the UI’s and games for the Xbox One and PS4, they both have great potential. Especially when it comes to the Xbox One UI, I can imagine how much more Microsoft can do with it. And the games? There are great games for both the Xbox One and PS4, there just isn’t a lot of them yet. So waiting for either or both, is definitely a choice I wouldn’t criticize anyone of making. However, I am glad I made the choice to get the Xbox One.
This whole week has been nothing but a thrill as a gamer! It feels so good to want to make time for gaming again because I’ll be honest, I was getting worn out of last generation and was ready for something new. And after spending the last two weeks experiencing the PS4 and the last week experiencing the Xbox One, it feels so refreshing to fall in love with gaming all over again.