In a few days from now, Microsoft’s next installment for the Xbox video game series will be releasing worldwide on November 22nd.
Unlike the last generation of consoles where Xbox 360 hit the market first to get an early lead on Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, the Xbox One releases last and will have initial ground to easily gain this year having the strongest launch lineup; along with some exclusive timed-DLC this winter.
The console’s been heavily upgraded from 8-year old technology (maybe 12-years in some cases), and will be what original Xbox 360 owners hoped for a console jump in technology back in 2005. The Xbox 360’s had some of the best gaming experience we’ve ever had, and with hardware finally being stable, we expect that trend to continue for its life-cycle.
When the console launches, there will be a few top-tier titles exclusive on the console; but we’re wondering if the Microsoft can keep up with Sony’s big lineup of 2014 in the coming months. With a day-one cloud service implemented into all games, gamers will find out what the next-generation is all about this Friday. After the jump, you can view our buyer’s guide similar to the PlayStation 4 and find out whether we’ll be purchasing day one or waiting for the 2nd wave of games out this spring and summer.

The Console
Although the Xbox One isn’t as powerful as the PlayStation 4 from a technical specifications standpoint, gamers will still have one of the most impressive experiences and possibly the best this holiday. The liquid black Xbox One finish console includes an 4K-ready HDMI cable, power supply, 500GB hard drive, slot load Blu-ray drive (first time for Microsoft), three USB 3.0 Super Speed ports, a chat headset and of course the Xbox One controller among other things. The new Xbox One Kinect is also included with the console, which is why it will be the most expensive gaming machine on the market this holiday season at $499. The XB1 Kinect is the main selling point from Microsoft this holiday season due to the updated dashboard for instant switching having no lag or wait time between programs and apps within the system. The Red Ring Of Death and overheating issues have finally been resolved after nearly a decade of worries whether imminent console failure will occur before a major release happens.

The most talked about story for next-generation is obviously the games. Microsoft has moved on from focusing on competitors like Nintendo and Sony to invade living rooms and be a legitimate competitor to satellite companies and more in particular Apple (for the distant future). With so many titles being delayed on the PlayStation 4 to increase their impressive gaming portfolio in 2014, Xbox One will be the console ironically with the best games for holiday 2013.
From Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Killer Instinct, and the wildcard release in Ryse: Son of Rome; Microsoft’s improved this time around in comparison to the their predecessor that was highlighted by horrendous ports. Dead Rising 3 is the consoles biggest release this year, which will be one of the main reason gamers will make their decision whether to jump into the next-generation or wait until next Spring when the first wave of AAA titles see light. Both Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 will also have exclusive timed DLC map packs first on the Xbox One consoles this winter, which could also be a Trojan horse into driving sales even more for the future.
Microsoft lacks a first person shooter heading into their launch in a few days from now, but they will have the most intriguing exclusive of 2014 being Titanfall. Whether the console will be creating more IP’s in comparison to the PlayStation 4 remains to be seen, but from our experience with Titanfall thus far, it’s the sole Killer-App title that we can vouch for in 2014.
First Party Exclusives
  • Crimson Dragon
  • Dead Rising 3
  • Forza Motorsport 5
  • Killer Instinct
  • Powerstar Golf
  • Project Spark
  • Ryse: Son of Rome
Third-Party Titles
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
  • Battlefield 4
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • FIFA 14
  • Just Dance 2014
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes
  • LocoCycle
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • NBA Live 14
  • NBA 2K14
  • Skylanders: Swap Force
  • The Fighter Within
Indie Titles
  • Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  • Peggle 2
  • Zoo Tycoon
  • Zumba Fitness: World Party
  • Xbox Fitness
Much like the PlayStation 4, Day one Xbox Consoles will see a limited amount of accessories largely due in part to Microsoft not wanting non-first party accessories on the market in 2013. So if you want to get a new TurtleBeach, Mad Catz or our personal preference of the Tritton brand, you’ll have to wait to well into February of next year for expansions. In comparison to its predecessor Xbox 360, all Xbox One’s will include an heavily upgraded Kinect system we were expecting back in 2010 when it first released on direct voice command and control perfection.
A cheaper non-kinect console would’ve been in Microsoft’s best interest this holiday, but they’re emphasis this year is to push the Kinect integration for gaming and multi-media entertainment. The Xbox One controller and headset peripherals are matched the same as before at $49.99 and $24.99; but should have a move durable lasting effect this time around. We can’t count on two hands how many controllers and headsets (and even a Kinect, true story) we’ve ran through due to traveling or large gameplay sessions from throwing temper tantrums at opponents when things didn’t go right. Unless you’re playing with friends in person, we wouldn’t suggest you get an extra controller on common sense; but to those of you who have lots of people in and your house, the Xbox One supports up to 8 controllers at once (4 more than the PS4).

Features (Instant Switching, SkyDrive & More)
The newly updated dashboard set up has instant switching from movie watching, music listening, online gaming sessions, web browsing and Live TV to name a few will be one of newest innovations to next-generation gaming. The NFL on XBOX One, HBO Go (coming shortly after the launch), ESPN, and Verizon FiOS TV are some of the services you’ll be seeing after the console hits retailers.
Sadly, there’s no NBA Gametime App at launch for the console in case you’re sharing a league pass account with a few buddies; but along with NHL Center and MLB Extra Innings, we should see those surface before the top of next year. Xbox Fitness (which is also a game) is one of the more popular apps for the collection that will be the Microsoft equivalent to Nintendo Wii Fitness that has been popular among the casual install base.
The social experience on Xbox One will be highlighted by SkyDrive, which will be used for a larger scale of viewing photos, using music or watching video all simultaneously within the Windows-8 like interface. Internet Explorer, Upload and Skype (free for unlimited calls in a trial period) will also be some of the popular apps the console will see in the big day one update. The SmartGlass app which hasn’t seen a major boost in promotion from Microsoft has been one of the underground tools gamers have been using as a remote play companion through Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOS and Android devices among others. On launch day, you’ll be able to control every app within the Xbox One U.I. as well as Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, and Ryse: Son of Rome to name a few.

Should You Buy The Xbox One Day 1?
The Xbox 360 has been the most tiring console (or device) we’ve ever seen. From constant console failures, disc scratching within the console and cheap accessories; nobody is more than ready to put their console in the closet more than us, love you Gears of War 1. The Xbox One from an initial standpoint will have zero issues from freezing, overheating, lagging user interface and most of all the infamous red ring of death. We’ve never gave a company more passes more than Microsoft just due to how innovative and great the Xbox Live service for some of our most entertainment moments ever.
The launch line up is okay with Dead Rising, Forza and RYSE; but the system still lacks a major Killer-App and first person shooter. This is now our console of choice to purchase for the present due to initial launch line ups having titles delayed on the competition. What holds this system back is the $500 price in a worsened economy than previously before. The PlayStation 3 launched at $600 and $500 back in 2006, which held them from contention with the Wii and Xbox 360 for many years.
While Nintendo has already sealed their fate trying to join the hardcore lane, in comparison to keeping things simple that helped them win last generation; the console wars will be just Microsoft and Sony this time around. Microsoft is very lucky some users have decided to hold off initial PlayStation 4 purchasing, but will have to match the strong exclusive line-up Sony has to offer in 2014. If you’re in desperate need of jump to next-generation for games like NBA LIVE, NBA 2K (biggest graphical leap of the bunch), FIFA, Madden, Call of Duty, and Battlefield among other mainstream titles; then purchasing an Xbox One would be something you would like to invest in.
Microsoft’s main focus has been pushing the entertainment aspect of the console highlight by having the most apps ready for day one, but now with the most games ready (exclusive that is), we’ll be picking up Xbox One day 1.

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