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A fast and powerful work in progress

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The Xbox One may not be exactly what Microsoft thinks it is, but it's still a strong start for a powerful game console. Its sheer speed, versatility, horsepower and its ability to turn on and off with words make it a relatively seamless entry into our already crowded media center. What determines whether it stays there is the next 12 months: Exclusives like Titanfall and Quantum Break will help, as will gaining feature parity with the competition (we're looking at you, game broadcasting!). For broader success beyond just the early adopter's living room, the NFL crowd must buy in to Microsoft's $500 box. But will they? That remains to be seen. What's there so far is a very competent game box with an expensive camera and only a few exclusive games differentiating it from the competition.

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Critic reviews

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36 reviews
  • Game library
    7.2
  • Graphics
    8.7
  • Controller(s)
    8.2
  • Design and form factor
    6.4
  • Other features (media, online, etc.)
    7.9
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8.2
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8.0
Engadget Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One is quick, quiet and capable of handling live television and gorgeous games, all at the sound of your voice. At $500, it's a steep investment, but it's much more than just a gaming console.

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9.0
PC Mag Nov 20, 2013

Microsoft didn't just make a new game system with the Xbox One, it made a comprehensive gaming and home-entertainment hub you can control with your voice. Be prepared to pay a lot for all of these features, but it's money well spent.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 20, 2013

If you already have a 360 and aren’t absolutely dying for any of the launch titles, I wouldn’t say you need it right this second. Give developers a bit of time to figure out the console’s inner workings ... If your 360 is on its last leg ... it’s a solid buy as is.

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8.0
Joystiq Nov 20, 2013

It has unique, recommendable features: Kinect feels additive rather than obstructive, and its strong suit of software and games live alongside one another in a way they don't on other platforms.

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8.0
Gizmodo Nov 20, 2013

For now, the Xbox One is one impressive living room box machine—and it more than justifies its $500 dollar price with the inclusion of at least $100-worth of set-top boxitude—but you're going to be better off waiting for a little while to see how things shake out.

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8.0
Tom's Guide Nov 19, 2013

The $499 price tag on the Xbox One is justifiable, considering its one-box-to rule-them-all approach. When combined with a cable or satellite TV connection, the One feels like the more exciting and innovative console you’ll be using well into the next decade.

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8.0
Sound+Vision May 27, 2014

The console’s Blu-ray performance is solid, games designed for it look hyperrealistic, and the Xbox Music service turns out to be surprisingly good. I don’t imagine that the Xbox One is the right solution for every living room, but it’s more than welcome in mine.

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7.0
Wired Nov 20, 2013

It does a lot of things, and in a way that you may find extremely helpful, but you’ll need to take the time to learn how to do them — and learn by trial and error when it’s best to just stop trying.

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7.0
Ars Technica Nov 20, 2013

In short, buy an Xbox One if and when there are enough exclusive games to convince you it's worth the expense. At that point, the extra media features that the Xbox One brings to the table will be nice fringe benefits, and these options may be more stable and usable than they are right now.

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7.0
CNET Nov 19, 2013

The Xbox One goes beyond gaming with its ambitious live TV integration, but at launch it can't deliver a knockout blow to the PS4 due to a higher price and uneven voice control. We suggest you wait for improvements, but for now, the Xbox One is better suited to forgiving early adopters.

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7.0
Tom's Hardware Nov 20, 2013

The extra $100 for Microsoft's Xbox One buys you more than just the Kinect camera. It also comes with Microsoft's promise to reinvent the way you enjoy content on your TV, and that's a very compelling pitch.

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7.0
Popular Science Nov 20, 2013

No. Wait. You don't need something to hook up through your TV right now, unless it has games to accompany it, and the Xbox One, as cool as some of its features are, has a dearth of games. You can wait. How long? That's up to you.

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7.0
AllThingsD Nov 26, 2013

Though the Xbox One is still geared toward gamers, it will appeal to a broader audience with its variety of apps and ways of watching TV. Just be ready for a potentially frustrating experience when you try talking to the Xbox One.

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10
Pocket-Lint Nov 20, 2013

Xbox isn't just a gamers' console: it's a gateway to a multitude of home entertainment, pulling all the strands into one interlinked experience. The future is here and we love it.

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8.0
Polygon Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One is an impressive marriage of software and hardware that raises the bar in terms of what we expect from a living room machine. Looking forward more than it looks back, the Xbox One feels like it's from the future.

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8.0
Kotaku Nov 20, 2013

I admire what Microsoft is trying to do with the Xbox One, and I'm rooting for them to give their console that final push to get it to where it needs to be. The whole thing is almost there.

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8.0
TechHive Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One smartly integrates TV, streaming video, and games. It has a few kinks to iron out, but it’s already a welcome addition to any living room.

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8.0
ABC News Nov 20, 2013

It might not be perfect right now, but the new Xbox, like the Xbox 360 introduced seven years ago, is certainly the one to carry Microsoft into the future of the living room.

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8.0
Mashable Nov 19, 2013

Even though all the pieces haven't fallen into place at launch, the Xbox One is the console that will bridge the entertainment and gaming gap best this generation.

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8.0
NotebookReview Dec 5, 2013

As of right now the system is an impressive game console that affords an astounding number of features. But with some fine-tuning and continued support from contend developers, the Xbox One could be the multi-media centerpiece that Microsoft envisioned.

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8.0
Huffington Post Nov 20, 2013

Although the One has its flaws, it's important to remember where the Xbox 360 was when it started, and how far it's come. Microsoft will surely get feedback from owners and mold the One into a more perfect version of an all-in-one entertainment system. What they've got now is a nice foundation.

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8.0
Fortune Nov 20, 2013

If Microsoft can iron out some performance quirks around voice recognition and Snap, the decision won't be too hard: it's far easier to glimpse the future potential in the Xbox One, starting with 10 seconds of time and the simple two-word voice command: "Xbox on."

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8.0
T3 Nov 20, 2013

Like its nearest and dearest rival, the Xbox One is absolutely loaded with potential, which is mostly unrealized at the time of its release.

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8.0
Boing Boing Nov 20, 2013

It's clear to me that Microsoft's new console is a great piece of technology and, in all likelihood, a very safe bet for your living room over the next few years.

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8.0
The Verge Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One is here for a decade. If Microsoft can deliver on all its promises in that time, it will have built a console truly worthy of Input One — but that's a big if.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Nov 21, 2013

Buying Xbox One is a gamble – and an expensive one at that – but it feels like the console of the future, and if Microsoft can deliver on its promises that gamble will pay off.

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8.0
TechRadar Feb 25, 2014

While the media integration features need polish and Kinect could use a grammar lesson, the most important things are there: good games, a solid interface and reliable servers for hours and hours of online gaming.

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7.0
NBC News Nov 20, 2013

How does it all add up? Like the legions of gamers that flocked to pick up the PlayStation 4 last week, I admired Sony's new console because of its incredible promise. Microsoft, on the other hand, has already begun to deliver on the promises it made with the Xbox One.

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8.0
The Next Web Nov 20, 2013

I had high expectations for the Xbox One, and it largely lived up to them. The main disappointment was that it doesn’t work as an all-in-one system for me because of my coaxial TV setup, but the feature should work great for most up-to-date cable and satellite customers.

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8.0
HotHardware Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One is here today and it’s an impressive piece of gaming and general entertainment gear. We may have access to all of the latest cutting edge PC technology around here, but we’ll be glued to this Xbox One for a while, and that’s saying something.

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8.0
Destructoid Nov 19, 2013

The way we see it, gamers likely have a good all-in-one gaming/media box now with the Xbox 360. If you're dying to add voice-controlled television channel surfing to the mix, the Xbox One will definitely get you there.

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8.0
Digital Trends Nov 19, 2013

More powerful hardware, a flexible multimedia operating system, and functional voice commands via Kinect combine to firmly establish Microsoft's Xbox One within the next-gen.

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8.0
Expert Reviews Nov 26, 2013

Potentially the home entertainment hub we've always dreamed of but it's missing key features at launch and the games available don't justify the outlay at present.

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7.0
NY Daily News Nov 20, 2013

No console has ever aimed to do this much, but the Xbox One is as much work in progress as it is progress for the gaming industry.

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8.0
USA Today Nov 20, 2013

The Xbox One is a formidable video game console, particularly with its improvements to Kinect. The experience isn't consistent and some features need fine-tuning.

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First Looks

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Engadget May 21, 2013

The Xbox One is no "inhale" -- it looks like a little computer with a slot for discs. It's got a two-tone finish of alternating black matte and gloss, with a slot-loading Blu-ray disc drive and its power button greeting users out front. It's ... well, it's not such a looker. At least not thus far.

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Wired May 21, 2013

The Xbox One is a bit bigger than the 360 and as rectangular as it gets. It’s not without its flourishes, though. It’s a deep, glossy black that the industrial design team calls liquid black.

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Ars Technica Jun 11, 2013

The effect of the Xbox One's graphics updates are even more apparent when you are comparing them to pre-rendered sprites on '90s arcade hardware. The jump is similar to that of Street Fighter II to the full 3D characters of Street Fighter IV.

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Ars Technica Nov 8, 2013

Overall, my short time with the Xbox One's system interface made me eager to try the system out in my own home and see if its voice commands and multitasking features could actually make Xbox One the only input I need on my TV.

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Wired Nov 8, 2013

If Microsoft can get you to the point where you turn on your Xbox One every time you watch television, it’s getting a level of customer engagement that every other videogame platform only dreams about.

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PC Mag Nov 8, 2013

To keep up with the ever-evolving console market, Microsoft developed the Xbox One to let users switch from live TV to an HDMI-compatible cable or satellite box, simply by the sound of your voice. Additionally, users will receive game play invites while watching a movie or live TV.

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Pocket-Lint Aug 21, 2013

...just seeing the hardware outside of a Perspex case was a huge benefit to us. For one, we were able to see how it stacks up against our 360 ... and we formed an opinion that it's not too big either, in fact, it's not really any larger than the original 360 console.

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T3 May 21, 2013

It's big and boxy – or "boldly understated" as Microsoft puts it – but follows a modern design language that is a recognisable, vent-heavy evolution from the original Xbox and the Xbox 360 S.

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T3 Jun 10, 2013

The Xbox 360 successor looks thoroughly 2013, from its ‘80’s styled vents and boxy edges to its Samsung-esque glossy black fascia. Out go teen-friendly lights and aggressive curves, in comes a more restrained look that won’t scare off parents.

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TrustedReviews Jun 12, 2013

It certainly does a lot of stuff, and much of it very well, but the big question we're left with at this year's E3 is whether it's stuff that people really need or want, and whether a little of the focus has been lost on games.

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TechRadar Jun 13, 2013

Xbox One doesn't have that Halo 5 launch title as a killer app, but what it does boast is horsepower to make its game and entertainment experiences that much better.

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Penny Arcade Nov 20, 2013

I went from being skeptical of the new Kinect to not minding the little bugger sitting under my television, and now that I’m used to how it works and what it does I find it hard to live without it.

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MSN May 21, 2013

The Xbox One is chunky to say the least. Not ugly – we quite like the rugged “liquid black” design, but certainly a box that doesn’t go unnoticed. Weighing in at almost 3.2kg – it’s actually 10% bigger than the original Xbox that went on sale back in 2001.

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8.0
Saad Saad

I'm in love with my Xbox One. Everything from it's form and look to it's software and other features just screams next-gen. The thing is completely silent and you really can feel that it even exists in the middle of all the other boxes I have under my TV. The game library is still too little,...

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7.0
UXGeek UXGeek

I was so very pumped for this gaming machine based on the marketing and hype, and unfortunately a year later that zeal is gone. Don't get me wrong, it's a great gaming machine, but I was expecting it to be so much more. In retrospect i wish I would have gone with the pure gaming features of the...

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8.0
theraspiguy theraspiguy

The Xbox One is a great console, but honestly, I still regularly use my Xbox 360. In fact, I use it more than I do the One. I still prefer the Xbox 360 controller and its game library is amazing while the Xbox One is still building its library. I may use the Xbox One a little more with the new...

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9.0
RyTheGeneral RyTheGeneral

Let me begin with a disclaimer: I have always been partial to the Xbox over the Playstation. Now hold on a second - I know I just opened pandora's box here! Before the Xbox fanboys raise me up on their shoulders like some conquering hero or the PS fanboys sound the call for the lynchmob, trace my...

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9.0
nikolaskp nikolaskp

I've never played again so many video games in my life. Xbox One has become the centre of activity in our salon. With some very solid and varied AA titles (some exclusives), occasional light-hearted games often coming for free with Live Gold (we're loving playing Chariot with my girlfriend), VERY...

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5.0
JPASTENE JPASTENE

I have had Xbox One since December, 2013. I mainly got the xbox because I knew the Halo Master Chief collection would come out eventually, and I was immensley excited for it. I am not a hardcore gamer or anything, so I will play xbox for maybe and hour or two every week: not alot I know. There...

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8.0
thiel thiel

Even though XO games are available in number of countries around the world, the only market MS really cares about is US. Just compare number of launch events for US vs. the rest od the world, or compare number of US-only deals promoted by https://twitter.com/majornelson or...

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10
Willad2013 Willad2013

This new system really is better in leaps and bounds than the Xbox 360 ever has been, and also the kinect is as advanced as they have advertised it to be. I highly recommend this system over the ps4 and I feel very strongly that just like the xbox 360 had the edge over the ps3 that this system...

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6.0
sjunk2012 sjunk2012

Don't buy an xbox one if you only play games on your console and don't have a cable subscription. But if you do watch a lot of TV and media features are important to you, than xbox one is a great buy. And xbox one crushes PS4 in terms of motion and voice control. But I hate them. And I play my...

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9.0
TheChapman TheChapman

I am super happy with the XO so far, voice works as long as you say the key phrase. I'm sure it will improve over time. Super fast multi tasking, very convenient to have TV, a voice command away. Plus the wife loves Xbox Fitness, and I mean loves it. Skype works great to let the grandparents...

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9.0
cbcharlie cbcharlie

I love this thing, "XBOX ON" and my TV goes on, cable box goes on, and boots right to TV. As a media device its fantastic, not perfect, but getting there with every update. As for games, i'd say 90% of the games are also on the competitors console, and despite some resolution issues people...

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