XBOX One - Thoughts From A Media Centric User



  • Well, I finally gave into my curiosity about the Microsoft "ecosystem" tie ins with the XBOX One and got one, mainly as a media center. It will be in tandem with my 360 until it finally outlives its usefulness.

    First impressions. Not bad. Not bad at all. I love the media improvements...Amazon Instant Video Looks better...XBOX Video is more intuitive. I love the multitasking and snapping of apps. The NFL apps is fantastic and ties into my Game Rewind account and Fantasy Football. We dumped the "dish" last year so no more Sunday Ticket again. They really need to offer STREAMING versions of this but oh well.

    While not an avid gamer, I am surprised at the lack of games for the XBOX One but guessing it will take a good while. We got the Kinect version because we loved it on the 360. Even more slim pickings on that end...Fantasia looks great but kind of pricey and no demo to try.

    One thing for me has been the loss of Windows Media Center extender. I knew that going in so I wanted to try the recently released Media Player and Plex. Media Player is very generic but it has played most videos I've thrown at it. It is dog ugly and you have to drill down a lot but it eventually works. Plex has so much potential but looks and acts junky. It is 50/50 if a video plays, a lot of them say Unavailable or CAN'T PLAY. Not sure if my setup on my Plex server needs tweaking or if the XBOX app is bad or both.

    One thing I do want is the ability to "slide show SHUFFLE" our personal pictures on my media server and then PIN XBOX Music so music and pictures shuffle. This worked GREAT on Windows Media Center Extender but no ability here. The OneDrive app on XBOX One allows you to view and slideshow pictures but not SHUFFLE. Would be a great enhancement if they added shuffle.


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    @garak0410 said:

    While not an avid gamer, I am surprised at the lack of games for the XBOX One but guessing it will take a good while.

    Well the competition is not fierce. I was comparing the XBOX One to the PS4 and found a whopping one game on each that interested me. We have a Wii U and the total number of games that I want to play comes out to exactly... zero. Not a single one.

    Apparently this generation is the "gameless" generation. It looks like Steam, GOG and Origin have finally shifted everything to the PC market. Consoles appear to have given up this time around.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @garak0410 said:

    While not an avid gamer, I am surprised at the lack of games for the XBOX One but guessing it will take a good while.

    Well the competition is not fierce. I was comparing the XBOX One to the PS4 and found a whopping one game on each that interested me. We have a Wii U and the total number of games that I want to play comes out to exactly... zero. Not a single one.

    Apparently this generation is the "gameless" generation. It looks like Steam, GOG and Origin have finally shifted everything to the PC market. Consoles appear to have given up this time around.

    I agree. Didn't buy this for games at all. Mild interest in Madden since I love football but it didn't knock my socks off and still, no IN GAME SAVE. Something the PC Madden's had forever.

    If I geek out more, I'd be quite interested in a living room STEAM box one day.

    Though many a gamer would disagree, I think Microsoft was right in focusing the XBOX One as a Media Center. I wonder if they need to release a media center only version of it at a $99 price point. 🙂



  • I got PS4 this time cause my gaming buddies made the jump from XB360. I usually grind one game at a time. For now it's Destiny. Dont waste your money on the new COD...it sucks.


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    @garak0410 said:

    If I geek out more, I'd be quite interested in a living room STEAM box one day.

    That's my next thing. Need a really awesome gaming and media rig. @Dominica and I both prefer PC gaming much of the time and we have a massive Steam and GOG collection to use.



  • @garak0410 said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @garak0410 said:

    While not an avid gamer, I am surprised at the lack of games for the XBOX One but guessing it will take a good while.

    Well the competition is not fierce. I was comparing the XBOX One to the PS4 and found a whopping one game on each that interested me. We have a Wii U and the total number of games that I want to play comes out to exactly... zero. Not a single one.

    Apparently this generation is the "gameless" generation. It looks like Steam, GOG and Origin have finally shifted everything to the PC market. Consoles appear to have given up this time around.

    I agree. Didn't buy this for games at all. Mild interest in Madden since I love football but it didn't knock my socks off and still, no IN GAME SAVE. Something the PC Madden's had forever.

    If I geek out more, I'd be quite interested in a living room STEAM box one day.

    Though many a gamer would disagree, I think Microsoft was right in focusing the XBOX One as a Media Center. I wonder if they need to release a media center only version of it at a $99 price point. 🙂

    I agree with this. The PC has clearly beaten the console market as far as quantity and quality of games goes for this generation. I tend to think this is because of the cost of entry for developers more then anything else. Microsoft saw that and wanted to make their device the go-to for media consumption.


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    @garak0410 said:

    Though many a gamer would disagree, I think Microsoft was right in focusing the XBOX One as a Media Center. I wonder if they need to release a media center only version of it at a $99 price point. 🙂

    Our PS3 was basically nothing but a media rig. Easily 99% of its time is media and 1% games. Only played a handful of games on each of ours (we had two.) One basically had nothing but Oblivion played on it. The other was mostly Dragon Age series.

    But is the XBOX One really a good media center? Compared to many $99 or less alternatives, what does it offer that is extra?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @garak0410 said:

    If I geek out more, I'd be quite interested in a living room STEAM box one day.

    That's my next thing. Need a really awesome gaming and media rig. @Dominica and I both prefer PC gaming much of the time and we have a massive Steam and GOG collection to use.

    I have a spare Mini-ITX system with 8GB of RAM this may be what I do with it.... Although I don't have a hard drive for it at the moment.


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    @coliver said:

    I agree with this. The PC has clearly beaten the console market as far as quantity and quality of games goes for this generation. I tend to think this is because of the cost of entry for developers more then anything else. Microsoft saw that and wanted to make their device the go-to for media consumption.

    I'm really shocked by the PC game quantity of top title games versus the consoles. Used to be that you needed consoles to play the good stuff, even if the quality was lower. Now it appears to be the opposite. PCs have both the quality and the quantity. The new thing is trying to get as much as possible onto Linux.

    I think a major factor is that of "back catalogue." On the PC I have, finally, a decade or more of good, rendered game titles that keep working just fine, constitute a huge library and improve (slightly) as new processing power improves. Unlike the consoles which struggle to play previous generations games or don't do it at all, the PC plays pretty much everything ever made for PC and with emulation can play way more console titles than the consoles can.

    If I buy a console, or even all three consoles, I get a total of like two games that I can't play on PC that I want and one of those is the fourth in a series I am still on the first one of and the other is the fifth title in a series that has already got two titles ported to PC and more anticipated soon. But if I buy a PC I have hundreds of games that I want that no console has.



  • @scottalanmiller I'd love to lobby EA Sports to get Madden back on the PC. Better yet, let 2K Sports back in on the NFL license and produce a much better game. Sorry but I still think ESPN NFL 2K5 was the best NFL game ever...



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @garak0410 said:

    Though many a gamer would disagree, I think Microsoft was right in focusing the XBOX One as a Media Center. I wonder if they need to release a media center only version of it at a $99 price point. 🙂

    Our PS3 was basically nothing but a media rig. Easily 99% of its time is media and 1% games. Only played a handful of games on each of ours (we had two.) One basically had nothing but Oblivion played on it. The other was mostly Dragon Age series.

    But is the XBOX One really a good media center? Compared to many $99 or less alternatives, what does it offer that is extra?

    Call me a Microsoft Fan Boy on this subject...:) But agreed...cheaper solutions...heck, I ordered the Fire Stick because for $19, couldn't go wrong.



  • Trying to use consoles as a media center is what got me back into PC gaming. I use my PC as a media center, as the consoles always have stupid limitations.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @coliver said:

    I agree with this. The PC has clearly beaten the console market as far as quantity and quality of games goes for this generation. I tend to think this is because of the cost of entry for developers more then anything else. Microsoft saw that and wanted to make their device the go-to for media consumption.

    I'm really shocked by the PC game quantity of top title games versus the consoles. Used to be that you needed consoles to play the good stuff, even if the quality was lower. Now it appears to be the opposite. PCs have both the quality and the quantity. The new thing is trying to get as much as possible onto Linux.

    I think a major factor is that of "back catalogue." On the PC I have, finally, a decade or more of good, rendered game titles that keep working just fine, constitute a huge library and improve (slightly) as new processing power improves. Unlike the consoles which struggle to play previous generations games or don't do it at all, the PC plays pretty much everything ever made for PC and with emulation can play way more console titles than the consoles can.

    If I buy a console, or even all three consoles, I get a total of like two games that I can't play on PC that I want and one of those is the fourth in a series I am still on the first one of and the other is the fifth title in a series that has already got two titles ported to PC and more anticipated soon. But if I buy a PC I have hundreds of games that I want that no console has.

    I can't stand my "back catalog".... I have dozens of games (actually probably close to 100) that I have purchased and want to play but I don't have the time to sink into them... Frustrating when you turn on your computer and have to figure out what you can play for 30 minutes to an hour at a time and still appreciate it.


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    @Nic said:

    Trying to use consoles as a media center is what got me back into PC gaming. I use my PC as a media center, as the consoles always have stupid limitations.

    That's what we are looking to do. More options, easier to use. Using the Wii U as a media center is impossible. The controls are horrible and you can't select a movie because even as a modern device it doesn't have enough horsepower to update the screen to show you what you are clicking on. It's ridiculous.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Nic said:

    Trying to use consoles as a media center is what got me back into PC gaming. I use my PC as a media center, as the consoles always have stupid limitations.

    That's what we are looking to do. More options, easier to use. Using the Wii U as a media center is impossible. The controls are horrible and you can't select a movie because even as a modern device it doesn't have enough horsepower to update the screen to show you what you are clicking on. It's ridiculous.

    Don't disagree with @Nic either...:)

    I have to add that the Media Remote control for the XBOX one is very good, very easy to use and lights up when it detects movement. A far cry better from the functional but lackluster 360 media remote. Voice commands are also fun to use on the XBOX One, especially with media.