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Xbox One Launches, Battling for Console Supremacy

Xbox One Launches, Battling for Console Supremacy
By Seth Fitzgerald

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The game console wars are heating up again with the Nov. 22 release of Microsoft's Xbox One. Though pricier than Sony's PS4, the Xbox brings more to the table, including potential to replace multiple entertainment devices with just one. Indeed, Microsoft says it sold more than 1 million Xbox One consoles worldwide within the first 24 hours.
 



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Fighting for the Living Room

As many reviewers have pointed out, the Xbox One is essentially a well-wrapped gaming PC for the living room. Through various engineering and design practices, the One is capable of playing games at a higher FPS rate than most $500 PCs. Nonetheless, it remains more of a computer than other traditional gaming consoles.

Prior to the Xbox One unveiling, many speculated whether Microsoft would work with Sony in order to license its Blu-ray technology. Microsoft ultimately did integrate Blu-ray into the console, making it much more of a contender to rule the living room/family room space. And, while you may not be able to eliminate your physical cable box entirely if you use the Xbox One, the console is capable of controlling a cable box, and effectively allowing a user to deal with just one living room device.

Overall, the Xbox One has a lot going for it, although it's not yet fault-free. When you combine the Kinect's functionality with the console's plethora of features, it definitely seems that the Xbox One could become a core living device in the long run, and certainly a hit in the meantime, for this holiday season.

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