It’s not hyperbole to say that the Xbox One is the most ambitious console launch of all time. A lot may have changed since Microsoft announced the system earlier this year, but one thing has always remained clear: The Xbox One is not just a game console. It’s a machine that aims to transform the way we consume digital entertainment and the way we interact with our TVs. Ambition of that scale is often a double-edged sword, and that is certainly the case with the Xbox One, which, at the moment, can be defined by some pretty big hits and misses. Of course you want to know: Do the positives outweigh the negatives? The answer is a nuanced one, as the Xbox One experience doesn’t lend itself to the kind of hard line “buy it” or “don’t buy it” recommendation. In the following pages, we break down the hardware and software so you can decide if the Xbox One is right for you.
Microsoft’s new game console shoots for the moon with an exciting array of new features. But did everything go according to plan? We’ve got the lowdown on whether the Xbox One deserves your hard-earned cash.