XBox One Initial Impressions
Everything works, which is nice. It's a very pretty console. The Day One packaging is slick (I'm not a fan of the ugly green Standard packaging but once you get it out of the box, it's not really an ongoing concern). The evil camera/ microphone is... evil but also impressive. Voice commands are working pretty well. It's mistaken some of my words a few times and not picked up my voice once or twice but nothing like I saw in that IGN video. That thing concerned me but so far it's been pretty responsive.
Skype calling makes me feel like I'm in the future. Now all I want is my flying car. I've video chatted on the computer before but nothing to this level. This was a much clearer picture and sound. Granted, it's been a couple years since I last video chatted so I'm sure people have had better experiences than this. It was still nice connecting to a friend that I don't see often enough. The camera likes to zoom around and there were times that my buddy got an extreme closeup of my face.
The Blu-Ray player is functional and doesn't scream at me or any other horror stories I've heard. This is my first Blu-Ray player because I live in the stone age so... it's a necessary upgrade.
Well, necessary only so far as it lets me watch movies that I own that aren't on Netflix.
Speaking of Netflix, logging into that service was a lot more simple than I was expecting. I'm assuming that they just transfer my information from the 360 because there was no need to go over to my computer and enter in a code to allow access to the device. The 360 just got an upgrade to this service that makes things a lot faster while also giving you images of everything you select so looking at the XB1's version seems like a downgrade. It's not as user-friendly and selecting individual episode isn't as intuitive. I probably need to spend a little more time on this so I can figure out the layout but it's weird that it doesn't look as good as it does on the 360.
So far, I've just dl'd the free version of Killer Instinct. It looks pretty enough. The problem is, much like Windows 8, you don't actually close out of anything. If you go to the home screen, your last application shows in the biggest box on the screen with slightly muted sound. To get rid of it(or at least send it further into the background where you won't see or hear it), you've got to select another app. I guess that's not a deal breaker but I still wish there was an option to just end an application. Maybe there is and I haven't found it yet.
Otherwise, I'm just waiting for the right game to play. Not sure how to tell when your controller battery is dead or, if you're using multiple controllers, I'm not sure how to tell who's "player one" or even if such terminology even applies anymore. Maybe it'll just use your name to tell you where you are or what split screen you're on? Things I haven't figured out yet.