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Xbox One review | Xbox Live & Accessories

Published on: Thursday, November 21st 2013                   Written by: Ilse Jurrien - Photography by: Mark Peters

Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Online Network

Xbox Live is the network in which members of the Xbox-community are brought together. Xbox Live is an access port to thousands of games, music, TV series, films, and sports competitions. With the Living Games technology, game worlds can continue to evolve, even when you do not play. Xbox Live not only has access to entertainment, but also chatting with your friends on Skype, while you play a game or watch tv simultaneously. Since everything is included into one service, the Xbox Live Gold membership works with Xbox 360 as well as Xbox One. With the power of the cloud, Xbox One is continuously improved, by means of launching more games, TV series, films, music, and apps.

Xbox One game console

Xbox One game console

Internet Explorer & Xbox SmartGlass

It is also possible to surf the worldwide web on the Xbox One via Internet Explorer. You can easily browse the desired websites with the sound of your voice. You can also use Xbox SmartGlass. This makes your smartphone or tablet a second screen that can communicate intelligently with the Xbox One. By navigating via the touchscreen, you can pauze the video or playback, swipe, zoom, and tap to surf the internet. Moreover, you do not have to choose what you would rather do, because the Xbox One can also place several screens next to each other, in order to do two things at the same time, such as music and games, or Skype and live games.

 

Xbox One accessory

Xbox One accessory

Xbox One Play & Charge Kit

Microsoft also announced a number of optional accessories for the Xbox One. The Xbox One Play & Charge Kit includes a chargeable Li-Ion battery that fits into the Wireless Controller, as well as charging cable that the Controller connects to the console. The new Play & Charge Kit loads twice as fast as its Xbox 360 counterpart, and loads while playing or when the console is on standby. The Xbox One Chat Headset is also a must-have for fans. Once connected to the controller, you can hold long game sessions as well as clear voice chats. With a lightweight and comfortable new design, the mono chat headset is equipped with digital broadband audio and a directional microphone. Gamers will enjoy being able to leave their hands on the controller for the microphone’s mute switch and volume button.

Xbox One review

Xbox One review

Xbox One price & availability

The Xbox One is a successful combination of an advanced game console and all-round entertainment console. In order to achieve this, a gaming operating system has been brought together with a Windows operating system for the first time. The Xbox One also presents the right balance between power and performance, and the new game titles that were announced mean hours of game enjoyment, guaranteed..

Every Xbox One sold includes the new Xbox One console - with a 500 GB hard disk, a Blu-ray player, and built-in WiFi - Xbox One Wireless Controller, the new Kinect, and a 14-day free trial version of Xbox Live Gold for new members. The Xbox One is available now for the suggested retail price of € 499.00 / $499 USD / £429 GBP.

 
 

Our Rating!

Design
80%
User friendliness
85%
Features
90%
Performance
90%
Price / Quality ratio
80%
85%
Review rating
Microsoft Xbox One
 
 
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