The Xbox One has been surrounded by one of the most controversial launches in gaming history. The console was announced to an overwhelming negative response which meant that Microsoft had to scramble to re-think the Xbox One’s core functions. Did they manage to pull the experience together in time for launch? Read our review to find out!
The Xbox One design is quite a blast from the past. It resembles something that would’ve sat in our entertainment unit in the late 90s. It’s clear that whilst designing the Xbox One, Microsoft didn’t push for a whole lot from a technical aspect. The console itself is half matte and half glossy which we like however we just can’t get our heads around the fact that it’s biggest than the original Xbox 360 with a huge external power brick.
This won’t be an issue for most however with my particular setup it’s quite a nuisance. The fact that Microsoft took away the option of standing the console vertically or horizontally is a bit of a mind bender. Microsoft clearly wanted to go with a safer design this time around and one that would ensure great ventilation and avoid overheating. One thing that we have to absolutely praise the Xbox One with is the amount of USB ports. The console features 2 ports at the rear and one on the side for easy access. There’s nothing more that I hate than when consoles only provide your USB ports at the front. It’s extremely ugly and not practical.