Not only is the One the bulkier console, but it has a very large power brick adapter attached to the power cable; the Play Station 4 just has a regular thin plug. Xbox Smart Glass is back, and runs on Windows 8, i OS, and Android devices Microsoft's second-screen Smart Glass app works on a variety of phones, tablets, and PCs, and promises to add media playback controls, in-game second-screen functions, and pop-up information viewing throughout Xbox One.
Many i Phones, i Pads, and i Pod Touches, Android 4 devices 7 inches and larger, and Windows 8 phones, tablets, and PCs can connect. Kinect is not required for use, but it certainly helps A new Kinect comes packed in with every Xbox One, making it a required purchase. You don't need it plugged in, but any automatic logging in, voice control, and gesture recognition, which is a big part of how the Xbox One works, won't function. The Xbox One has its own searchable menu for TV listings, too, and can change the channel on your cable box, acting on its behalf.
The Kinect camera is included; you can't opt out of that peripheral. You'll need an Xbox Live Gold membership (/year in the US) to do almost anything beyond play single-player games Xbox Live Gold was pretty much a requirement for any online Xbox gamer before, but that's even more the case now. It supports limited DLNA..theory Microsoft's pushing its Sky Drive account -- Microsoft's own cloud-storage service -- to play back cloud-stored photos and videos, but "Play To" DLNA-supported devices could theoretically work.
Any online services require Gold, from streaming Netflix to game DVR functionality (apps and game recordings are free on the PS4, with only online gaming requiring a Play Station Plus membership). It plays Blu-rays, DVDs, and (unlike PS4) CDs The Xbox 360 only had DVD support, and -- briefly, via a peripheral -- HD-DVDs. We haven't tested this yet, but if you're a streaming-media-server type of person, prepare to be a bit disappointed versus what was capable on an Xbox 360. The hard drive is not user replaceable (unlike with the PS4)The Xbox One comes with a 500GB hard drive, and you're going to have to live with it.
Price and availability The Xbox One will be released in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US on November 22.
It costs 9 in North America, £429 in the UK, AU9 in Australia, and 499 euros in the EU countries listed above.
Controls like volume control and channel-changing can be executed using voice, but it can get a little challenging at times. The Xbox One works with universal remotes Unlike the PS4, which lacks an IR port, the Xbox One can be controlled with a compatible universal remote.
That's nice for DVD or Blu-ray playback, for folks who don't want to use the Xbox controller or Kinect voice commands. The Xbox One is bigger than the Play Station 4It's not even close.
Since games for the original Xbox were designed with the expectation that a hard drive always would be available, most titles rely heavily on its presence.
But it's easier to share a quick 30-second clip on the Xbox One. Twitch exists as an app for Xbox One, but you can't broadcast using it yet The Play Station 4 has the ability to create your own live broadcast of your gameplay for the world to see via Twitch, or watch what others are streaming.
The Xbox One has a Twitch app, but it's only for viewing streams.
And any downloaded Xbox games that exist on your Xbox Live account won't transfer over, either.
It's a fresh start with the Xbox One, whether you like it or not -- but user settings and account details are retained and carried over. Downloaded games can be redownloaded and played anywhere, but disc games need the disc to play Disc and disc-free games alike need installation on the Xbox One, but if you go the disc route, keep in mind that you'll always need that disc inserted to start the game. The Xbox One doesn't have Bluetooth support Go figure.