So this Christmas season was a nice one for us. I had the best Christmas present ever when my doctor told me that they got all the cancer out of me and that for now unless scans show something else started I am in the clear. I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present than that; however, this season we also got some nice gift cards to Walmart and so bought something that I have been wanting for quite some time now in the form of an XBox One which is a pretty nice thing as well. So I have been playing around with it lately and I figured I would give a small little review of it.


At first, the XBox One’s menu is a bit odd. It is similar to Windows 10 from what I have heard but if you are used to the 360 it’s just a bit difficult to navigate at first. This difficulty will disappear in a short period of time though as it’s a pretty easy system, just different is all. My wife is still getting used to it but for me after almost 2 weeks of playing around with it I have become pretty comfortable with it now- of course she is far from as active as I am with the games.

A nice perk that I don’t have on my 360 that I do have on the One is that the XBox One is wifi compatible. I was told that a lot of the newer 360’s are as well but when I had gotten mine you needed a plug in device to access the wifi. It’s pretty nice to not have to be tethered to the wall anymore, this will give me the possibility of rearranging my living room,which may be a good thing.

Another interesting thing I found out just while doing things I normally would on the 360 is that I found that I now have a Blu-Ray player. I was not aware of this when I bought the XBox One but it is a nice little perk. I was getting tired of missing out on all the awesome special features since they have stopped putting them on regular DVD’s so it will be nice to have the features of the Blu-Ray now.

For the past few days I have been using my XBox in place of my Roku having downloaded Netflix, Hulu, and the WWE Network onto it. The funny thing is that I am even getting achievements and gamerscore through watching my shows now. It seems that you can net a few gamerscore points from binge watching shows and such, which I find just a bit funny. For example, my wife and son got me a few points this morning for hitting the achievements of watching 5 episodes before noon since they had Sesame Street playing in the background for the kiddo while he was playing this morning.

A nice thing about the XBox One is that you can get a 500 GB or a 1 TB hard drive on it. Personally I suggest the 1 TB. I have the 500 GB and I think I am going to have this full in no time flat. I have only a handful of games but that 500 GB is truly only about 350 GB after the XBox preinstalled OS and other things. Then I have BattleFront and Mortal Kombat X both of which were around 10 GB and then it comes with a digital download of Gears of War Ultimate Edition which ran 50 GB. Toy Soldiers was another 23 GB I think it was so as you can see the games for the XBox One are eating into this hard drive very quickly. One good thing about this though is that I have read that you can plug in other Hard Drives and thus expand your HD Size with removable media so who knows i may end up buying a 1 TB drive sometime to add onto it if I need to.

One thing that many see as a good thing is that Microsoft is making a bunch of 360 games compatible with the XBox One; however, the way they are doing it kind of sucks in my opinion. Instead of the game just being able to be played on the XBox One, you have to put your disk in and then it downloads the entire disk onto your hard drive for you to be able to play the game. As if the games for the system didn’t already take up enough memory as it was ya know? In my opinion, I would say if you want to play 360 games just keep the old 360 on hand they really aren’t that bad price wise, especially if you can get a refurbished one from gamestop or bestbuy or someplace like that.

So all in all, from what I have experienced in the past few days the XBox One is a great little system. I don’t have any complaints with it at all yet other than how much space games are taking up on the HD right away. The Graphics for the games I have are so amazing that I love it. I was playing Star Wars Battlefront and you could swear that you could reach through the screen and touch the plants in the game they are that realistic looking!  So yeah this is a great system and I am looking forward to using it even more in the days and weeks to come.

11 thoughts on “XBox One Review

  1. I can confirm that an external hard drive will work quite well on an XBox One. This is the setup which Lisa uses for her games.

    Here is a stupid gamer’s trick for use with an XBox One. Download that One Drive app. Then link this app to a Live email account — or create one. Using your computer, go to the One Drive website. This is an cloud-based all-purpose storage space which is tethered to your Live email account. Upload some image files into your Public Folder on your One Drive account. Double check the permissions of your files to make certain that they are globally visible. The user interface on the One Drive website is a little unintuitive and may take a couple of minutes to figure out. Now use the One Drive app on the XBox to view the files that you uploaded. This trick is a quick and easy way to display your computer images on the largest screen in your house without using a special cable. It also runs some moving image files very well, so try experimenting with different file formats. I have used it to place maps on the television screen during table top RPG games. The trick could also be used for other images: portraits, video of a fireplace, porn, or whatever.

  2. XBox One sounds quite worth it. I have been thinking about buying a console lately, but I can’t really decide if it’s worth it and if it is which options should I choose. Usually I play games on my PC, but the limitations are there and frankly, I hate the idea that in half years’ time it will most likely not be able to handle the specs of the newest games that are going to be released.

    1. I think one of the big things with the consoles now a days for deciding what you want is to decide what type of games you enjoy the most.

      If you like cutesy games and interesting controllers then I say go with the next Nintendo that comes out since either this year or next they have a new console coming out due to how poorly the WiiU has done…great for kids but not good if you like shooters and such like Halo and Battlefront.

      Playstation has more of the RPG games I think…they have the Final Fantasy things that other consoles don’t usually get.

      XBox of course has things like Halo and seems best suited to first person shooters and that type of games as their real staples…since thats right up my alley that’s the way I went with things.

      1. I’m more inclined towards RPGs to be honest. Usually I play cutesy games on my tablet and use the PC for games such as Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Witcher, Skyrim etc. On the other hand I really want to play Halo one day, it’s always been on my list and if I’m not mistaken not all games are available for PC which is why I had to keep postponing it. And with Mass Effect Andromeda coming at the end of this year and with the real possibility that my computer won’t be able to handle the required specs, I’m thinking if I should just go “what the heck” and buy a console.

        1. Mass Effect is AWESOME…I have the first 3 games for the 360 and LOVE them so much. I still have to finish the third one. I actually got the XBox specifically for the Halo games and have become hooked on them. So far I have all of them except for the newest though I have only beaten ODST and Reach so far….I am thinking of getting the master chief collection so I can get them all one the XBox One…they have XBox Ones with the master chief collection on it which would be a good choice. Mine came with the Gears of War Ultimate Edition which is alright but I was ever a GoW fan but I may try playing it now.

          1. I agree Mass Effect is a blast! I haven’t finished the third one either yet, but I’ve just started playing them a few months ago and time has been scarce. But I fell in love with the series from the very first moment. My best friend kept making fun of me because I kept refusing to play it and when I did I couldn’t stop xD From what I saw, in stores around here XBOX comes either with Assassin’s Creed Unity, Gears of War UE or the Witcher. I’ll have to see which of the games I’d like to play are available on XBox and probably go with it if I end up being a console, because I really want to play Halo ( I got enamored with the idea of playing it after seeing Malukah’s video “Frozen Sleep” )

          2. I have some fun little Halo videos I posted here on youtube:
            Also a great group to check out for Halo vids is Roosterteeth who created the show Red Vs Blue by using Halo multiplayer…they also used to do a Halo fails of the week…not sure if they still do or not but they used to and they were hilarious

  3. I will definitely watch them. Thank you for giving me the link xD
    I glanced a bit over the Roosterteeth, watched one of their videos and they seem like something I’d love to watch when I have enough, uninterrupted, time at my disposal so they definitely go on my to-do list.

  4. I think that there was an update somewhat recently – maybe last april? for the 360 to use external storage up to 2tb. Its nice that the One comes with larger storage options though, especially with live releasing all those free downloads to gold members every month. I have a 360 right now with no external storage and I hate the stress of figuring out what to delete to be able to download new stuff.

    Honestly the main reason I’ve been wanted to upgrade my console to the Xbox One is the be able to play Elder Scrolls online so I wanted to read your review so that one game wasn’t what I made my purchase decision on. haha. I assumed there’d be a learning curve with the new interface. I’m a mac girl, so I’m not sure what Windows 10 is like but if its anything like 8 that’s going to be a major negative point that I’ll have to work through.

    Thanks for posting this review. If you ever get into Elder Scrolls on it let me know how that works!

  5. Great review, and on a product that I just so happened to be looking into. This gave me great insight into what would work best for me and if I’d like it. Thank you!

  6. Another great review. I was going to pick up an Xbox One this year, but decided on the PS4. After having the Xbox 360 for so long, I figured it was time for a change to Sony and the Playstation.

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