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To me, songs are kind of like bookmarks. Have you ever listened to a song that you haven’t heard in a while, and all of a sudden, all the memories of that time period come back, and you remember what your life used to be like. They’re like milestones in your life.
IMHO #275: The Xbox One
I know I haven’t written one of these in quite some time, but I really wanna nerd out here for a sec and flesh out my opinion on this new hunk of tech.
So this picture basically sums up my first impression upon seeing what the new Xbox One looked like as I watched their big E3 reveal seminar today: IT’S HUGE!!! It’s bigger than the original Nintendo Entertainment System in every way, it really does look just like a giant DVR, and it’s not all that sleek-looking like home consoles have been in the last round of them. Noticeably, the housing is riddled with quite a few vent areas, apparently to stave off the menacing Red Ring of Death.
That being said, the size of the packaging is a necessity with just how much compatibility and hardware Microsoft threw into their new bundle of joy. There are 5 BILLION transistors and 8GB of dedicated RAM in the Xbox One, compared to the 360’s 500 million transistors and 512MB of RAM, there’s over 10 times more processing power going on under the hood. They really raised the bar for several entertainment industries by fully incorporating their revamped Kinect and highly improved voice recognition technology into the interfacing. You can now simply sit down on your couch, say “Xbox on”, and you’re instantly plugged in to every sort of media your heart could desire without touching a controller or even a TV remote. You can seamlessly switch between playing a game, surfing the web (Sadly, but predictably, Xbox only supports Internet Explorer, so that sucks…), listening to music, browsing Netflix, watching a movie in glorious BluRay, and now even flipping channels on TV, all with just a voice command. No more finagling with various remotes trying to find which one changes the input and which one turns on the damn thing you wanna use. Not only that, but you can even just say the name of a show or network and you’ll be taken right to the channel it’s on.
But that’s not even the best part of this five-course meal of nerdgasming ecstacy: Xbox unveiled their new feature called “snapping”, where you can - while still in a game or watching a movie or whatever - bring up a side window that will let you search the web, make skype calls, watch YouTube videos, or look through your homescreen. Trying to find all the hidden collectibles in GTA? Bring up the map, keep it on screen with you, and plot your course around the city. Got a game that doesn’t let you voice-chat, like Minecraft? Call your friends up on Skype and still play the game. Watching a kick-ass movie and wanna see if a sequel’s in the works? Pull up IMDB and watch the trailer while your movie’s still going. It’s brilliant,
And everything snaps back to the homescreen with one simple motion: Put out your arms in opposite diagonal directions and make a fist, like you’re grabbing the corners of your TV, and bring them in to the center, and presto! you’re back at your homescreen, and if you were on Netflix or watching a movie, it’s still playing in your “Last Used” box on the front page.
If you’ve followed me for a while, you know just how much of a hardcore PlayStation fanboy I am, but I’m humble enough to say that unless Sony releases some groundbreaking and godlike features on the new PS4, which will be announced on June 10th (and don’t worry, I’ll write another super-long post for that one, too), I’m worried Xbox is gonna blow their sales out of the water this holiday season…
tl;dr: Giant, pretty basic-looking package, but a WHOLE lot of cool features, more responsive Kinect and voice recognition, plus 8GB of dedicated RAM? It’s looking pretty awesome, but I’m still gunning for PlayStation to have the coolest system this year.