Microsoft sat in an unfamiliar position as they approached this new generation. The Xbox 360 was a resounding success, and by many accounts bested Sony in areas like third-party support and online functionality. The 360 – along with Xbox Live – was a symbol that Microsoft belonged in the home console space, even if they were the relative newcomer.
But since the announcement of the Xbox One in May, Microsoft’s ascension into the next generation has been a stumble, replete with convoluted – and constantly changing – messaging, a major executive departure, and the general sense that Microsoft was abandoning that which gave them so much success: the hardcore gamer. Now, here we are – the Xbox One releases later this week with a unique port, a higher price tag, and by some accounts a less powerful spec.
We’ve had about a week and a half with the device, so does the Xbox One signal a final gasp in Microsoft’s foray into the home console market, or is it an ambitious vision of what television and entertainment should be?The first thing you’ll notice about the Xbox One is that it’s big. Big, and depending onyour design preferences, somewhat ugly. But its biggest fault is that the Xbox buttonon the front is capacitive, meaning it doesn’t depress and is sensitive to touch, just likethe 360 slim. Due to its unfortunate positioning on the right front side of the console, weaccidentally turned the device on and off several times as we adjusted cables and movedthe console, although that’s likely an issue that you won’t encounter too much once it’shooked up in your home. Aesthetically, the Xbox One doesn’t make a great first impression.