Well it’s been just over a week since the Xbox One launched and it’s been a fairly permanent presence on my TV screen since then. So now that it’s had time to settle itself into my home, how is life with Microsoft’s latest console?
Well, that’s kind of a complicated story. Let’s take things slowly, shall we? First up, the Xbox One hardware itself. It’s hard not to look at the console without making comparisons to a first gen DVD player. It’s a big squat black box that lacks the angular design of the PS4 or the subtle curves of the Xbox 360. The most interesting thing about its outer shell is the sheer number of air vents; it’s almost as if Microsoft decided that it didn’t matter what it looked like as long as it didn’t have the Xbox 360’s well documented heating problems–which is good, as the glossy portions of the exterior might be the biggest attractors of dust known to humankind.