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Besides being a musician, I'm also an avid gamer. Here's some info on the latest games I'm currently playing.

Xbox One Review

Written: December 3rd, 2013.

Why The One?

As you know from previous reviews, yearly shovel-ware franchises like Call of Duty, Assassins Creed, and Battlefield don't really interest me enough to purchase them so I went with which console had the most launch titles I wanted to play. I got a Xbox one for Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5 launch titles plus for future XBox exclusive titles like Halo. I will post reviews of both titles shortly.

Pros:

The Xbox one has a lot going for it as an entertainment center in addition to being a game console. You get an HDMI in for TV watching (multi-tasking in sidebar), it runs very quiet, Killer Instinct (1 character free), a dozen or so apps at launch, Xbox Fitness subscription is included with your yearly Xbox Live Gold membership for use with Kinect, and includes game clip recording/editing tools for up to 5 minute clips.

Cons:

Kinect is a mandatory $100 device making it a steep purchase at $500, Kinect voice commands are spotty even after calibration/tutorials, the Xbox One must be on to use HDMI in for TV watching instead also working as a pass through when off, Killer Instinct (only 1 character free the rest have to be purchased), older TVs with 1080i max resolution are limited to 720p resolution.

Verdict

So far after 100 hours of use it has a 0.2 hour of usage per dollar spent ratio after getting one on 11/22. I expect that to break even fairly quickly when used as an entertainment center rather than just for games. If you want to play some of the Xbox exclusive games buy one whenever those games are available.

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