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Microsoft Xbox One

Microsoft Xbox One

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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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

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Pros
  • Wake-on-voice is very impressive
  • Excellent multitasking experience
  • Games are beautiful; console runs quietly
Cons
  • The most expensive console available
  • Limited selection of exclusive titles worth playing
  • Missing key promised functionality at launch
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

50
Araczynski
Disappointed overall. If you're a gamer and only buy one console, this would...read more
10
Peter
Horrible shit system! I would not accept it even if I got it for free! - Forced...read more
80
shipcaptain
Parents with kids of all ages. Do your kids ever bug you or just tick you off?...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Wired
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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Engadget
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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T3
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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MSN
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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Ars Technica
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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T3
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
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
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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Pocket-Lint
...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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Ars Technica
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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