I loved my Xbox 360, so how could I not jump about the Xbox One? Microsoft made some stumbles with their original vision for the console, and I'm still not convinced that they've seen the error of their ways. Their pitch to make this an all-in-one entertainment box also falls flat with me — I just want to play games. But I gave them the benefit of the doubt and picked up an Xbox One Day One console.
I had a bit of trouble setting the system up: for some reason, the HDMI cable that worked on my Xbox 360 doesn't work with the Xbox One. But there was an HDMI cable in the box that worked fine, and the included Kinect camera and microphone were nice bonuses, almost justifying the $100 more this console costs over the Sony PlayStation 4. Being able to capture gameplay directly to my Elgato without HDCP also trumped the PS4. I like the PS4's "Share" button, but I chaff at being forced to use Sony's inbuilt functions instead of my own workflow.
Let's see what else is in the box in my Xbox One unboxing video.
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