Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review - HotHardware

Microsoft Xbox One, The Full Review

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The original Kinect was a huge success for Microsoft and proved to be as versatile as it was useful, even for applications not even remotely connected to gaming. The number of research projects spurred on by the original Kinect sensor was impressive to say the least. And the new Kinect sensor included with the Xbox One is better in a number of ways.

Gestures Available On The Xbox One With Kinect
Gestures Available On The Xbox One With Kinect

As we mentioned earlier, the new Kinect sensor does not have any motors or moving parts. The 1080p camera in the device has a wide field of view and has active infra-red sensors, which essentially enable the Kinect to see in the dark. The new Kinect sensor also features a faster, more accurate time-of-flight camera, which vastly reduces motion blur. Time-of-flight cameras act somewhat like range-finders, and can resolve distance based on light measurements. The ToF camera in the new Kinect has a shutter speed of 14ms, which is a big improvement over the original’s 65ms.

Kinect 2.0 also has a more accurate Microphone array, with better noise isolation.

In practice, we found the new Kinect sensor to react to gestures and motions much faster and more accurately than the original Kinect. Simply reaching your hand out and “grabbing” something on-screen is infinitely better on the Xbox One than it was on the Xbox 360. There is simply no comparison.

Voice Commands Available On The Xbox One With Kinect
A List Of Voice Commands Available On The Xbox One With Kinect

The Kinect 2.0 enables a wide array of system commands, which can be invoked via voice control. The chart above lists all of the commands available, which include simple things like powering the Xbox One on or off, launching or snapping apps, invoking the Game DVR function, and simple navigation (scrolling up, down, etc.). There are also app-specific voice controls for things like Skype and the TV app, and we presume as new apps are released for the Xbox One, they too will offer similar controls.
 

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Does it play blu-rays?

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By RCone on Nov 20, 2013 "Does it play blu-rays?"

100% compatibility with non-3D titles. 3D might be supported later, but regular blurays are perfectly watchable on the device!

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Yes. From the top of page 2, "The front of the Xbox One is simplistic and utilitarian. It’s completely flat, with a matte finish on the left and a glossy finish on the right. The left side houses the console’s slot-loading Blu-ray drive—which will also play standard DVDs, but not 3D Blu-Ray movies."

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Great review. Cant wait to get mine on Friday!

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Yep

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Cool

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Oops, even though it will play Blu-rays it won't play 3D Blu-rays. A serious omission.

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so I've been thinking since the Xbox One is not backwards compatible would it be possible through the HDMI input for the tv to hook the your 360 up through that? Albeit it would not be true backwards compatibility it might work though for those of us who have a plethora of 360 games we have yet to finish and/or start and still want the dual functionality to watch Netflix or youtube alongside the game. I do realize you would then not be able to hook up your cable or satallite box to the Xbox One but mine doesn't have an HDMI output and the tv thing doesn't really interest me anyhow. Of course Microsoft may have already foresaw people trying to this and put stop gap measures in place to keep it from happening which is most likely the case. If I've thought of then somebody else must have thought it as well

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@Josh - You could technically plug in whatever you like into the HDMI input on the Xbox One, and when you switch to that input, whatever is being displayed will be shown on screen. That's really no different than simply plugging the Xbox 360 into a different input on your television and just switching to it though.

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Sometimes, I wish I weren't such a PC snob, because a lot of what the Xbox One brings to the table looks quite nice. I just can't get over the poor graphics and poor performance capabilities in general (again, I'm a PC snob), and appreciate too much the unparalleled flexibility of the PC. Back when the X360 and PS3 launched (both of which I purchased at launch), I didn't feel like the PC was vastly superior at the time. This time around, the delta is enormous. But - so is the power draw, to be fair.

That all said, I am jealous of those who will be playing Forza and Killer Instinct. And while I am not sure I'd put it to much use personally, the new Kinect is unbelievable - Microsoft -really- did nice work there.

"The new consoles may be getting the lion’s share of buzz as of late, but rest assured their arrival is a good thing for the PC."

It's a little unfortunate that it takes a new console generation to make this happen, but I'll take it. Oh, and once the Xbox One gamepad becomes available for the PC, I'm picking that bad boy up. Yet another benefit for PC gamers.

Fantastic look, Marco.

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