Why you need an Xbox one

November 2013 saw the global launch of the Xbox One, with stores staked out by ardent gamers hoping to be one of the first owners of the next generation of consoles. In our guide we’ll tell you all you need to know about Microsoft’s latest release and you’ll be able to judge whether the Xbox One matches the hype and really is, as described, an ‘all in one entertainment system’

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Gaming Experience

The Xbox One does not disappoint on this front, it features sophisticated artificial intelligence that adapts to you as a player and impressive face recognition software for signing into Xbox live. In terms of games, Microsoft has landed some pretty impressive titles to showcase their seriously cool graphics rendering, such as: Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Loco Cycle, Zoo Tycoon, Forza Motor Sport 5 and Power Star Golf to name but a few.

It also comes with a range of new multi-player features such as Smart Match which uses complex algorithms to find challengers from the millions of players worldwide who fit your skills and style. Lobby waiting time is eradicated as the Xbox One allows you to either keep playing, watch TV, or surf the web while the matchmaking is going on behind the scenes. Best of all a new reputation system helps keep annoying players out of your games.

An Entertainment Hub

Microsoft set out with the aim of turning the Xbox into a home’s only device that its TV needed. It has done this by allowing your cable or satellite box to run through it and be controlled via Kinect. A picture in picture view that you can control with your voice and integrates TV use and gaming interfaces seamlessly.

Other features enable you to personalise the home screen, quickly switch from TV to a movie to a game and then snap them side by side to do two things simultaneously, access your favourite apps like Netflix and Amazon Instant, Skype chat while you watch TV and discover which TV shows and films are popular with your friends find out which are trending in where you are.

Updated Kinect

Kinect has been developed Real Vision has been expanded for a greater line of sight and an all new active infrared camera enables it to see in the dark. Real Motion tracks even the slightest gestures for more precise control over a game or app. Real Voice can now pick you out in even in a crowded room thanks multi-microphone technology. For the first time you can launch any Xbox One experience from anywhere in the system, so you can move quickly from one thing to another.

Sales

Despite being priced higher than Sony’s rival PlayStation 4 (£429-£349*) within the first 24 hours the Xbox One had sold over one million copies, meaning it breezed past the 360 to become the fastest ever selling Microsoft console. Recent figures (November 2014) show that Microsoft has shipped almost 10 million consoles to retailers worldwide. * Prices when launched

The Verdict

The Xbox One does not disappoint. It goes one step beyond being simply a console and moves to an effective all round entertainment system.

Your Questions Answered

Will my current Xbox Gold Membership work with Xbox One or will I have to buy a new one? Mehar M. Dover
No, your current membership will work on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Can I use my current Gamertag on Xbox One and will my Gamerscore and Achievements transfer? Peter P. New Cross
Yes, you can bring you Xbox Live Gamertag and Gamerscore with you to Xbox One. Your Gamerscore will automatically be updated once you have connected to Xbox Live.

Does Xbox One always require an ‘always on’ internet connection? Nick K. Cardiff
No, it doesn’t always have to be connected. But Xbox One does require a connection to the internet. Microsoft has designed the Xbox One to be an all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. They have also designed it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection.

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