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Ruth Arnold
Ruth Arnold Tech-loving parent blogger Sandbach, GB

Probably not. We currently have a PS3, Wii-U and XBox, but only enough connections to have two plugged into our TV at a time. The XBox is the one that's currently sitting in a box in the spare room, and I've not seen anything yet about that XBox One that makes me want to unplug either of the other two...

I think for lot of people, console gaming is moving on. Mobile is taking over, and systems like Green Throttle (which can turn your tablet into a "console") and Ouya (the new Android-based console) are going to be interesting to watch. When I can buy a high quality iPad game with hours of gameplay for less than £10 it makes me a heck of a lot less inclined to spend £40+ on the latest console game.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Tamsin Oxford writer
Tamsin Oxford Professional writer and editor Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK

Oh yes. My husband looked at me the moment they announced it and said, "No, ours works perfectly well." I had the grace to blush. I know it won't add anything more to our current setup, not really, but I like it and I love new tech. I think the fact we can Skype my daughter's grandparents in Indonesia (don't ask) on the full screen TV is pretty cool, but snap mode while watching Game of Thrones isn't going to make me happy. Still. I wants it. Just like I still want a Wii U just so I can play Zombie U. I think it is entirely possible I need to get out more...

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Opinion 4 years ago
Matt Thrower writer
Matt Thrower Parent. Gamer. Coder. Writer. Bath, Bath and North East Somerset, UK

I'm a gamer, and freelance games journalist. I spend most of my precious free time playing games, and when I'm not playing them I devote a substantive portion of each day thinking about them. Games are great.

But I have not the slightest intention of buying an Xbox One when it comes out. Why? Here's some reasons: Bastion, Dishonoured, Arkham City, Left 4 Dead. Brilliant games for the current Xbox 360 that I haven't got round to playing yet.

There's more in the same vein. I keep a list of games that somehow pass me by but I'd still really like to play. There's another six or seven on there at the moment. The Xbox One isn't going to be backwards compatible. Why would I drop a large sum of money on a new console when I haven't exhausted the possibilities of the old one yet?

New consoles command a premium price and yet perversely often have the most boring software, since studios haven't got to grips with the power of the new hardware yet. For multimedia functions plugging your PC into the TV has far more potential than the Xbox One.

I'm sure I'll get one one day. But at launch I see absolutely no reason to buy any of the next generation consoles.

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Experience 3 years ago
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James Diamond expert
James Diamond E-Safety & Safeguarding Trainer Leicester, GB
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I've been with Sony since the original Playstation, and I have to say I'm tempted by the new Xbox One. Kinnect looks like a genuine step forward, and the addition of a bluray drive means it is finally a multimedia option for a film fan with over 100 films on this format.

That said, I am concerned about reliability after the Xbox 360 horror stories, and the move to stamp out the second-hand games market (and even the ability to lend your games to a friend) could backfire if Sony decides to turn a blind eye to this 'black market'.

I can;t remember the last time I played a game personally though (although I'll inevitably buy the new Grand Theft Auto), so it needs to be a pretty damn special media hub for me to consider getting it.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Simon Munk writer
Simon Munk Consumer tech journalist, mountain biker, dad of two. Walthamstow

As a serious gamer and tech-head, I have to say I'm so far distinctly underwhelmed. It is early days (before E3), so we may yet see a lot more good stuff, but in short:

  1. The social, Skype, TV stuff is already doable on many smart TVs. It makes perfect sense for the US, where TV/cable box connections are a mess. But over here? Not so much.

  2. Several of the less well-flagged announcements are worrying - according to analysts it'll be less powerful for games than the PS4, but cost more. And there's a trio of issues that show how far Microsoft have strayed from gamers - the necessity to connect to the internet every day, the extra charges for secondhand games and the lack of support for "indie" developers are all very worrying. The latter the most, because of the nature of the changing games market.

So, in summary, if you want an amazing TV entertainment experience, chances are you'll end up with one in the form of a smart TV - the Xbox One adds little useful to that. If you want games, it looks like for now, the PS4 has the headstart.

Even there, though, the PS4 doesn't seem to have done quite enough to take on the challenge of Apple TV, Steambox, a proper Android console and the rise of tablet and smartphone gaming to be an absolutely necessary purchase.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Marcin Szablewski expert
Marcin Szablewski Technical PM Mississauga, CA
Technology expert

I see no benefit to having it in my home. Motion and voice commands are great however many of the features will require additional equipment or charges (such as a cable box to run live TV). Being a family that purely runs on Netflix and those shows we've purchased off iTunes, I see no benefit. I think Microsoft has stepped further away from what the xBox was originally designed to do ... game. They've attempted the "multimedia home" before with Windows Media Center which was also failed. This new xBox only brings tighter integration into that which (from what I've read and heard) most people are separating these days anyways. We are still a very long way away from a truly "all-in-one" media/gaming system.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Kristin Bennett McNeely
Kristin Bennett McNeely Techie Designer Mom Seattle, Washington

No, we don't have any video game setups aside from DS and not really feeling the need for one...MIGHT get something when the kids are older, will see. We were going to get a WII last year but the holidays got will see.

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Opinion 3 years ago
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James Brodie expert
James Brodie Test Director Birmingham, GB
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Well I have all the consoles and a high end desktop pc so I will end up getting both the Xbox One and PS4, but not at the same time!!

Just something worth mentioning. There has been a lot of noise about the PS4 being cheaper than the Xbox One, however the PS4 doesn't come with a camera and if you buy the camera for it, guess what? That's right they are the same price.

I must admit when I was originally watching the press release for Xbox I was smacking my forehead at the number of faux pa's were made, but don't let that fool you, the One is still going to be a great console. I think the single biggest difference is in the way the two consoles are being marketed.

A lot of it will also depend on how much of an early adopter you are. There are still plenty of excellent games for the current generation and especially around Christmas there will be plenty of bargains to be had.

With any new release of a console there is also a certain amount of who will blink first. This is the first generation which has really had to contend with a plethora of mobile devices which have changed how the games are delivered to the end user. Once again the casual games with their low price points will bite in the premium end of the market. £420 will probably be too much for a lot of people, so we will have to wait and see.

Personally I would be their with my wides wide open until after Christmas.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Mike Doherty
Mike Doherty Maths Teacher St. Albans, GB

Given the question was "Will you buy an Xbox One for your family?" I think we should be thinking more about the games we purchase to play on the console. Do you want family games or games played alone at home but may have an on-line community?

We play games, the console is secondary to that.

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Opinion 3 years ago

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