84
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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.

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The Xbox One revisited: Microsoft's console has gotten better with age

In the two and a half years since the Xbox One first came out, it’s become a fundamentally better product, thanks to last year’s Windows 10 update which made the UI faster and easier to use. That said, the console is still saddled with various quirks it’s had since day one.

Pros
  • Windows 10 makes the console more responsive and easier to navigate
  • Most backward-compatible Xbox 360 games run well on Xbox One
  • Now costs less than the PlayStation 4
Cons
  • Kinect voice commands still don’t work reliably
  • Navigating the console remains sluggish compared to the PS4
  • Still missing features from the Xbox 360 like system-wide game defaults
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Model
Standard

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (Proprietary)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
1080p, 720p

Media

Audio playback
yes
Video playback
yes
Photo viewer
yes

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
GPU speed
853 MHz
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Day One Edition

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (USB)
Controllers (max)
8
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in
Other peripherals
Arcade stick, Racing wheel, Headset / mic, Camera

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Video formats
2160p [4K UHDTV], 1080p, 720p
Audio outputs
via HDMI, TOSLINK (optical)

Media

Audio playback
yes (CD audio) (MP3, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (DVD video)
Photo viewer
yes

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU speed
1.6 GHz
CPU cores
8
GPU speed
853 MHz
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0 (3 ports)

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
without Kinect

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (Proprietary)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
1080p, 720p

Media

Audio playback
yes
Video playback
yes
Photo viewer
yes

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
GPU speed
853 MHz
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
1TB

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (Proprietary)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
1080p, 720p

Media

Audio playback
yes
Video playback
yes
Photo viewer
yes

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
GPU speed
853 MHz
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Halo 5 Guardians

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (Proprietary)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
1080p, 720p

Media

Audio playback
yes
Video playback
yes
Photo viewer
yes

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
GPU speed
853 MHz
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
Elite

Key Specs

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable
Backward compatible
no
Controller type
Wired, Wireless
Motion controls
yes
Video outputs
HDMI

General

Game format
Optical disc, Downloadable (Slot loading)
Backward compatible
no

Controllers / accessories

Controller type
Wired, Wireless (RF / radio) (AA) (Proprietary)
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)
Motion controls
yes (Camera / optical)
Rumble support
Built-in

Audio / video

Video outputs
HDMI
Video formats
1080p, 720p

Media

Audio playback
yes
Video playback
yes
Photo viewer
yes

Networking / online service

Internet connectivity
yes (yes) (10/100/1000 [Gigabit]) (None) (Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser) (yes) (yes) (yes)

Storage

System storage
yes (Hard drive)

Hardware

CPU cores
8
GPU speed
853 MHz
System RAM
8 GB
USB
3.0

Power

Power adapter
External