If there's one thing Giant Bomb needs right now, it's another idiot opinion on the Xbox One. I always aim to please, so here we go.
I'll kick this off by saying I now have all 3 major systems (well, if you consider the Wii U major anyhow!) And I've essentially owned every major system since I got old and stopped being a poor punk working part time at Electronics Boutique. So there, you can't pigeonhole me in any particular "bucket" or camp. I want good video games, that's the extent of my philosophy.
With that out of the way, let's get to it. I picked up the PS4 on day one (mostly because of the $100 difference) but just completed the set 2 weeks ago with a $375 Titanfall Bundle. ($449 -10% off Mover's coupon - $50 reward cert.) I'm happy I got a killer deal. I'm just not all that happy with the system itself.
First, my minor pros:
- Design - I prefer it over the weird PS4 Trapezoid. Though I wish it weren't such a tank.
- Controller Battery Life - So far it's VERY good.
- Auto Sign In - I like that it says "hello" to me when I walk into the room. It doesn't feel TOO 1984 to me. I'm ok as long as it doesn't start singing Bicycle Built for Two.
- Achievements - Nothing new, but I still love achievements, and I like the implementation here.
My minor gripes:
- HDMI Pass through - On more than one occasion, this has caused issues. The Xbox tends to "lose" the TV signal. I'm also a bit miffed that the Xbox One has to be on any time I want to watch TV.
- UI - It's like they tried to streamline something that should't be streamlined. I much preferred the "pages" like setup of the current 360 UI. I'm also not a fan of the vertical blocks of icons with the ellipsis underneath. Maybe it's that I don't have Windows 8, but this UI sucks for a game system.
- Controller - The 360 controller was better. The PS4 controller is better. The rumble triggers are cute. And yes, I played Forza 5. I wasn't impressed with the triggers. And why is there still no internal battery? I'm not throwing away money on another Play and Don't Charge kit.
The Major Good Stuff:
- Titanfall - I'm not an FPS guy. CoD, Battlefield, none of them. Titanfall is the first game of its kind to really appeal to me. I think it's because I like to be able to run away, I'm not really sure. Great game, but I worry that it doesn't have staying power.
- Zoo Tycoon - This actually might be my favorite game on the system. One of the best things about it is it's a fantastic game for me to play with my young kids. I love the great graphics, solid strategy, and real educational value.
- Price - Well, the price I got it at anyway!
And here we come to the real problems I have. I can't think of any other "Major Good Stuff" about the Xbox One experience. There are a whole lot of things that would be incredible, if they only worked the way they are advertised.
Voice commands should be awesome. I really thought they would be next level, but maybe the next level isn't good enough yet. I'm tired of repeating myself, first of all. "Xbox, Watch TV." "XBOX, WATCH TV!" And then the understanding is so limited. "Xbox, Watch HGTV." "Xbox, I didn't say BET." Eventually I give up, and it's "Xbox, go Fuck yourself."
And gesture controls? Don't even get me started. Only once have I seen gesture controls of a UI that worked well, And that was in The fucking Minority Report. That shit wasn't real. In real life, I look like a frantic moron just trying to go to the next page.
Motion control with Kinect in games is still way too hit or miss. The hype was that the Kinect 2.0 could do stuff like measure your heart rate. Too bad it can only make out my kids about 50% of the time. They see something like the Kinect Sports Rivals demo and get all excited, but then they try to play it and their hopes are destroyed.
Maybe I'm old and crabby. But the fact is that I was sold on a bill of goods with the Xbox One (and especially the Kinect 2.0) and Microsoft has not delivered. I'm happy with the purchase, since I got it at such a great price, and I also have faith that it will be worth it in the long run. I'm fully covered on "exclusives" now, so I can enjoy all there is to enjoy in gaming. I just thought the Xbox Entertainment experience would blow me away. I thought I'd be slinging voice commands, I thought it would enhance my TV viewing experience in some way, and I thought maybe it could be the "One" box to fill all my needs. It just isn't cutting it - at least not yet.