And it is ON!
Earlier this week, we tackled the official arrival of the Sony PlayStation 4 in the gaming scene and we answered (or at least tried to) a few burning questions about it! Now, it's time to talk about its rival from the secret labs of Microsoft, the Xbox One! In case you didn't know, the Big M's latest entry into the latest console wars is officially out today, with a New Zealander being the first one to actually own it! That lucky mother!
It's like watching the first round of a fight between two highly-touted heavyweights unfold, only this time around we've got two hebigat next-gen gaming beasts going at it. We've told you what to expect about the PlayStation 4 and it's just logical we follow that up by doing the same for its main opponent on the other side of the gaming ring.
So, without further ado, here it is: everything you need to know about the Xbox One!
HOW'S THE XBOX ONE'S HARDWARE?
It will be a snorefest and a big disappointment if the Xbox One didn't pack drool-worthy hardware, so Microsoft blessed it with truly top-notch specs. This bad boy has a 1.7GHz eight-core AMD Jaguar processor set with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. We're not really big on numbers but that basically gives you a graphic performance at par with top-tier gaming PCs. It also packs a stock 500GB hard drive for storing all your games, save files, account credentials, and whatnot.
CAN I ADD MORE STORAGE AND TINKER WITH ITS INNARDS?
500GB seems a lot, doesn't it? However, if you're a hardcore gamer, you might even find that bitin. The thing is, Blu-ray games take up huge storage space, from 30GB to even 50GB. Doing the math, you can only store ten to 15 games at any one time. Bummer. So the question of can you add more GBs is a big one. The answer? Yes...if you're willing to void the warranty, that is.
Yes, geeks. You can add a bigger hard drive, but at a big risk. Plus, it ain't exactly easy, unlike in the case of the PlayStation 4. You'll have to do more than just remove a few screws; you also have to remove a few hardware components, too. The same goes if you're out to replace other parts, like the optical drive. Not good news as far as flexibility and hardware customization is concerned.
SO, I CAN'T ADD MORE CAPACITY TO IT?
You can't replace the hard drive without ditching your warranty, but you can add more storage via an external HDD in the near future. At launch, the Xbox One won't be able to use external storage devices, but an upgrade will arrive that will enable you to do so. And when it comes, you can use the device's USB 3.0 port to connect to an external HDD where you can store games files and other sorts of data. This capability is a welcome feature that its predecessor, the Xbox 360, also had. As a result, you don't really need to rip the Xbox One apart; all you need to have is an external storage device, a compatible USB cable, and a little bit of patience.
HOW BIG IS IT?
The Xbox One is significantly chunkier than the PlayStation 4 which has similar dimensions with the PlayStation 3 Slim. It measures 80mm in depth, 343mm tall (when vertically positioned), and 263mm in length. That's about the size of a standard VHS player back in the day.