Xbox One: One Week On

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Its been a little over a week since the Xbox One launched and I wanted to post a little bit of a more in-depth opinion on the current state of the console.

I had the pleasure of picking my console up on launch day and it’s safe to say its been on ever since. If I take away the Monday to Friday grind and necessary sleep the rest of my time has been spent with the (large) black box.

After two days use I attempted to start up a game stored on the hard drive and it wouldn’t boot. After such a great and enjoyable weekend with the new toy alarm bells started ringing. Why wasn’t the game booting? I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried again, still no response. I was worried that Microsoft may have just been subject to another faulty launch following the Xbox 360 launch many moons ago. Luckily I managed to find the problem, RAM. The consoles RAM is used up by simply having the machine on and therein lays the problem. When you shut the console down by saying ‘XBOX off’ or by the home button on the controller, you don’t actually shut the machine down. These commands only put the machine into standby, where it’s still using that all important RAM. So after 72 hours of ‘up’ time that RAM is starting to chug and this prevents heavy RAM intense applications from launching. To solve the issue all that is required is a hardware reset by holding the XBOX on switch for ten seconds or removing the power brick for 30 seconds.

So with everything back up and running and continued ploughing through my launch titles and utilising the TV streaming service and to say that everything was problem free from here on out is a little bit of an understatement. Everything else has worked flawlessly and even the controller now feels more natural. I expected the controller to take some time to get use to as I have moved back to XBOX from Playstation but Microsoft really have made an already perfect controller even more perfect.

What does surprise me is unlike the 360’s Kinect this new iteration hasn’t worn like a novelty. I still use it every single time I sit in front of the console, but again it is still early days.

Graphically I can’t express enough how grateful I am that the generation has come now. Having played this years FIFA and Call of Duty on the PS3 i notice such a difference in fidelity which is to be expected, but I can’t believe we lasted with the last generation of technology for so long.

The console needs just one thing, a library or at least access to XBOX live arcade games and more apps, but its new hardware and those things will come in time. YouTube’s App could do with an overhaul as it’s currently the same as the version running on PS3 and Xbox 360 and the integration of flash into the internet explorer browser would go a long way to truly making the XBOX One the One device i need in my living room.

Safe to say one week on I am a fairly happy camper, yes I had a hiccup midweek with the RAM issue but it’s not too much of an issue and rumour is that Microsoft will patch this in the coming weeks. Hardly machine breaking stuff like some of the other issues affecting other next-gen consoles. (can we even say next-gen anymore?)

 

On a side note I would also like to take the opportunity to say R.I.P to Paul Walker, a beloved actor who sadly passed away in a car crash in the last 24 hours, aged 40. As someone who has brought hours of endless entertainment with the Fast and Furious franchise it was shocking to learn of his demise. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all of the writers here in sending our deepest and most heart felt wishes to his family, friends and colleagues in this sad time.

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