After nearly two years and countless times saying that I would eventually do it, I’m finally the proud owner of an Xbox One. I knew the slate of games would overpower me and, thanks to Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and the recent announcement of backwards compatibility, that time has come. I’ve owned a PS4 since launch and played my Xbox 360 like a crazy person, so I’ll be comparing the Xbox One to both of those.
Without further adieu, here we go!
Overall, the console is certainly heavier than the PS4. It’s not quite as pretty to look at as the PS4 with it’s sleek and slanted design. The Xbox One looks a lot like a cable box which, since Microsoft is trying to colonize the living room, might be on purpose.
The Xbox One’s controller feels a bit heavier and is slightly larger than the Xbox 360’s controller. The new controller has a matte finish and overall, I like the design. The analog sticks are still recessed on top but have a nice dotted grip on the sides. The D-pad is about 100x better and has a satisfying click each time you hit a direction. LT and RT have outside edges rather than being traditional triggers, which should give them a little more lasting ability. The new controller also does away with the old start/back buttons, replacing them with the triple-line “menu” button on the right and the double-box “not-quite-sure-what-this-does-yet” button.
As far as migrating from my Xbox 360, it couldn’t have been much easier. I just had to sign in to my old account and boom, there’s my gamertag and all of my old achievements. The menus are all very clean and square with the Windows 10 everything-is-connected feel that Microsoft is going for. I like it. Speaking of achievements, a description pops up along with the score when you get one. That’s a nice touch, removing the need to constantly pause and go through the achievement list for a game to find what you just unlocked.
I’ve got Gears of War: Ultimate Edition and Halo: Master Chief Collection waiting to be consumed. I’ll report back with reviews in the coming weeks. Until then, if you have an Xbox One, maybe I’ll see you out there!