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Frederick (“Freddy”) Cloud has had a passion for all things electronic since he “accidently” caused the class Commodore PET to malfunction in 8th grade. “I swear. I didn’t do it on purpose” He was quoted as saying to a very unhappy computer teacher... Read his full bio

Return Volley: Microsoft’s Xbox One


November 22nd will go down in the annals of history as the day Microsoft launched the successor to its extremely popular Xbox 360, and named it the Xbox One.

Yeah, I’m not feeling the name, either.

Nevertheless, we aren’t here to discuss nomenclatures of technology companies. We’re here to talk game systems. And Microsoft has unleashed quite the beast. It, too, has sold over a million units in 24 hours. That seems to be a theme with everyone but Nintendo as of late (BURN!!), but as with every system, the Xbox One has its pluses and minuses. So just as I did with the PS4, I’m going to list a few reasons why I think (this is my opinion, of course. Yours may differ) you may want to consider the Xbox over the PS4 this holiday season despite its $100 price difference:

1) It’s an Xbox. Microsoft had arguably won the last console war, you’d expect it to keeps it momentum with this generation. Say Titanfall and Halo to any hardcore gamer and you’ll have their undivided attention.

2) Xbox Live. If you’re an on-line player, Xbox Live is the way to go.

3) Interface. The Xbox One’s interface is much cleaner and easier to get around. It reminds you of Windows 8, although you may not have pleasant feelings about that.

4) It’s more than a gaming system; well, at least it tries to be. You cable or satellite service can interface with the Xbox One, so you can do cool things like control your viewing experience using your voice, and watch TV while using Skype at the same time on the same screen.

5) The PS4 has an improved controller, but the Xbox controller has always been my favorite.

6) The new Kinect is a pretty nice piece of kit. Skype on my 60” LED? Sure, why not.

This time more so than the last, both systems are very comparable. To be honest, unless there are certain exclusives you want to play, you can’t go wrong with either. A lot of the big hits, like Madden, NBA Live and Call of Duty will be available for both. My plan will be to eventually get both (no surprise there), but for right now, I’m not planning on getting either. Surprised? Don’t be. I’ll explain why in an upcoming post …

Talk to you soon!

Freddy C.


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