I have now been playing the xbox one for 1.5 years. My quick response is that my experience has been poor for many things on this console that worked well on the xbox 360. That being said, there are quite a few pros: graphically the XB1 does not disappoint. I picked up Bungie’s Destiny game recently and the graphics are absolutely incredible on this console. Gameplay is smooth and games play very well at 120 FPS. The issues I have found, stem from the function of the console itself.
- The XB1 stays on in a standby mode when you shut off this console from your controller or if you say xbox shut off. To actually shut off the box you have to go manually hold down the power button on the box itself to shut it off.
Why is this an issue you ask?
The issue is that the folks at Microsoft didn’t test this feature. Almost every game that you start playing once your xbox has been in its standby mode stops working properly. It freezes, slows down to a crawl, chat stops working and I personally have had microphone crackling issues. I end up mid-game having to hop out of a party and go completely power down my box and start over for it to stop having these issues.
I understand their reasoning for this based on the face that the console was originally an “always on” box that they had to change because the community was complaining. It also allows the kinect to stay active so you can say XBOX ON and it turns on. This feature is actually pretty cool, I use it a lot but I would rather sacrifice this feature and have my box work properly.
- The chat is poor. Party chat continues to fail and not work with many friends. It will stop working while you are in the party chat, and it will not work from the get go. This has been single handedly the most frustrating thing about the XB1. Chat on the xbox 360 had issues as well, but nothing like I have experienced with this next-gen console. I do find however, that a hard reset of the box where you manually hold down the power (from issue 1.) can help alleviate most issues, but everyone in your party has to do this for party chat to work properly.