A week ago, Microsoft celebrated the birthday of the Xbox One, their latest next generation console, so I thought we should take a look at some of its achievements in the past year.
The Xbox One was originally released in the UK on November for £430 and already had hit a million sales within 24 hours of it being released and was also the highest selling console during the Black Friday sales period in the US. The current figures of sales are estimate to be almost 10 million shipped to retailers and has recently released it for sale in Japan and Canada.
When you buy an Xbox One, you get home video game console with 8GB of RAM, an 8 Core AMD CPU, 500GB of internal storage and up to 4K display features. If that means nothing to you, basically it means you get a console that can do more than just play games really well. Each console comes with a brand new, redesigned controller and a Kinect system, which neither are now required to be plugged in, although I do recommend you have your controller connected… You also do not have to be connected to the internet but one of the big problems is no backwards compatibility, which means no 360 games on your new console sadly.
The Xbox One was announced to be in retailer’s hands as early as May 2011, under its previous alias, the ‘Xbox 720’, thank god they changed that name. The console went through 75 prototypes before Microsoft finally settled with the design they have used and now even comes in white for a special coloured Sunset Overdrive release. On its release day there were also special ‘Day One’ consoles that came with an engraved controller and exclusive achievement.
Xbox One also has some great exclusives that make the console what it is today. Hit games like Sunset Overdrive, Forza 5, Halo 5 and Fable Legends. It also hosts other great games such as Assassin’s Creed, Call Of Duty, FIFA, Destiny and GTA. Along with this, there are loads of new features you couldn’t do on the Xbox 360, such as recording gameplay, tabbing out of games and more intelligent AI learning capabilities.
So the Xbox One has had a bit of a bumpy year, and the stat everyone wants to know is that it is still being beaten by the Playstation 4 in sales by about 3.5 million units, but that doesn’t make it any more or less of a man, right? With some upcoming releases such as Ubisoft’s The Division and Remedy’s Quantum Break and the new sales in Japan, hopefully things look like they are starting to pick up for the Xbox’s new face.