Microsoft has announced that 18 days since it was released, the next-gen Xbox One console has sold over 2 million units. Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, stated that “demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched and we are sold out at retailers around the world.” Microsoft also released an interesting infographic to celebrate the launch of the Xbox One highlighting the achievements in some of the first party titles released on the system.
With the Xbox One set to launch in only a few days (November 22, 2013), it’s time to take a deeper look at what the console offers at launch and whether its initial wave of features and games makes an immediate Xbox One upgrade right for you or if you should hold off for a while until the console’s feature set and game library has grown. To do so, XBLAFans will look at what the console will have to offer on November 22 and attempt to determine whether or not that launch offering makes sense for you.
Do you consider yourself a tech trendsetter?
Are you one of those people who always have to have the newest tech? Do you constantly upgrade your phone to the latest version in order to stay up to date with ever-changing technology? If so, then the Xbox One is for you. After eight long years with the 360, the next generation of living room gaming is truly about to commence (sorry, Wii U, we still love you for what you are) and you shouldn’t let yourself get left behind. If the console’s recently updated specs weren’t enough to convince you, then the new UI walkthrough might be the final push you need. The video will show you how the Xbox One will change not just your gaming experience, but your overall home entertainment experience for years to come.
Microsoft has done with the Xbox One and Kinect what no other console has been able to achieve: it has solved the problem of navigating a UI on a TV from the comfort of a couch. From the very inception of consoles, it was evident that a mouse and keyboard were awkward to use while sitting on a couch, which led to the introduction of the controller. For many years the controller was a brilliant way to game, and it’s still an integral part of today’s gaming experience. However, as consoles have grown from pure gaming systems into entertainment hubs, current-gen console UIs have grown clunky, their menus becoming unmanageable. With the Xbox One, all of that clunkiness is gone; you can switch from app to game to TV to Skype within seconds all with the power of your voice. Nothing about Microsoft’s incoming console says next-gen more than its new UI.
When Achievements first appeared on the Xbox 360, they started to change the way people played. No longer was finishing a game enough, Achievements encouraged gamers to experiment with aspects of games that they normally wouldn’t have been exposed to and to compete with other gamers for coveted Gamerscore points. Achievements added longevity to games and were incredibly addicting, eventually inspiring trophies for PlayStation games and Steam Achievements for PC titles available on Valve’s distribution platform. Even mobile platforms, like Google Play Games on Android, have added achievements.