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Xbox One





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Developer: Microsoft
Release Date: Original:
WW: November 22, 2013
JP: September 4, 2014
CHN: September 29, 2014
HK/KOR/IND: November 2, 2014
Xbox One S:
WW: August 2, 2016
Xbox One X:
WW: November 7, 2017
Xbox One S All-Digital Edition:
WW: May 7, 2019
Predecessor: Xbox 360
Successor: Xbox Series X and Series S
Competitors: Nintendo Wii U
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch
Generation: Eighth generation

Xbox One (commonly referred to as Xbox 720 prior to its official announcement) is a line of eighth generation home video game consoles developed by Microsoft. Announced on May 20, 2013, it is the successor to the Xbox 360, the third console in the Xbox family, and was succeded by the Xbox Series X and S in 2020.

On August 29, 2017, Microsoft discontinued the original Xbox One in favor of the Xbox One S and X. The Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition ceased production on July 16, 2020, following the release of the Xbox Series X/S series, leaving the standard Xbox One S as the only Xbox One model to still be in production.

Why It Rocks

  1. Microsoft decided to use an AMD Jaguar-based architecture, making the console more developer friendly; as well as marking the first time since the original Xbox to be based on x86-related hardware.
  2. Microsoft included many measures to avoid the technical problems that the Xbox 360 suffered.
  3. All the games are region-free (except China), unlike its predecessors.
  4. The Xbox One controller is one of the most well-designed controllers to date. It was so well designed, that nearly all of the controls from the Xbox 360 controller and even the original Xbox controller were carried on to the Xbox One controller without sacrificing much to gameplay.
  5. Microsoft have been rolling out a steady stream of updates for the console. They were on the other hand trying several new things that PS4/Switch didn't do, such as FastStart, where you start the game without having to download the full size, only the assets required to boot to the game.
  6. The console doesn't produce as much noise compared to the PS4 or the Xbox 360 on most games.
  7. The Xbox One X is the most powerful console of the eighth generation and has the ability to run at 4K (actually 2160p) and play 4K Blu-rays which PS4 Pro isn't capable of. Due to its power, more games run at native 2160p than the PlayStation 4 Pro console.
  8. The later Xbox One Controllers also have the ability to connect to Bluetooth, something the 360 and original Xbox controllers were not capable of doing.
  9. It's home to some great games, such as Gears 5, Forza Horizon 3, and Killer Instinct (2013).
  10. Backwards compatibility for a selection of original Xbox and Xbox 360 games, with more to come, just add the disc on the console or download it digitally and it'll work, making it the second home console to be truly backwards compatible with more than one home console, in comparison, the PS4 and Nintendo Switch do not have any backwards compatibility, giving people more of a reason to get the Xbox One over the PS4 and Switch.
  11. You can play your music CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays in it with the Blu-Ray Player and Groove Music respective apps. However, they don't tend to work on some occasions. On the Xbox One S and X models, you can play Ultra HD Blu-rays on them.
  12. The system has support for a variety of common media files, including Matroska Multimedia Container files (.mkv).
  13. Backwards compatibility on the Xbox One upscales the graphics of older Xbox consoles greatly, specially the original Xbox console.
  14. Unlike the original model Xbox 360, this console does not overheat quickly when it's still on, so you can leave it on for 20+ hours. This is useful for idling to get time specific achievements.
  15. Best controller made for the console with the new letter button layout, there are even many great controllers for it such as the Pro Controller (Which is designed to be modified by players) and the grease controller to promote PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds made famous by the game's quote "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" (which is grease proof against greasy food).
  16. The Xbox One S and One X designs are very solid.
  17. Because of the limited supply at launch and other concerns, Microsoft made sure to make all Xbox One controllers and most games compatible with the Series X and S and to have their advanced controllers and launch titles available for the Xbox One, making it forwards compatible.

Bad Qualities

  1. The E3 2013 reveal announcement was a complete disaster.
  2. It had a very expensive price at release.
    • This was due to the fact that early models came with Kinect obligatorily bundled in the system, increasing the console's price and as a result, affected the sales of the console.
  3. Not all games run in the correct dimension, as some games run at low resolutions up-scaled (900p). This was fixed in the Xbox One X model.
  4. The original console is too large for some cabinets due to its cumbersome size. At least later models made the size smaller by 40%.
  5. Although the Xbox One supports some Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, there are a couple issues:
    • It's not the full library of original Xbox and Xbox 360 titles.
    • If any game requires the Xbox 360 Kinect or any other specialized peripherals, such as a guitar controller, then that game is not available for backwards compatibility.
    • Even if you do have the compatible games, you still actually have to download the games as mentioned above which can take up your hard drive basically forcing you to get a USB 3.0 external hard drive or solid state drive.
    • On June 10, 2019, Microsoft announced that they will stop adding more games to focus on its successor, the Xbox X/S.
  6. The console doesn't have much in the way of "niche" Japanese games (anime-styled or not) compared to the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch (or even the PlayStation Vita!), likely due to it being a massive commercial flop in Japan, just like its predecessors. The Xbox One S was even marketed in Japan as a Blu-ray player in an effort to increase sales in the country.
    • Some developers like Nippon Ichi Software, Atlus, Arc System Works, Spike Chunsoft, Marvelous AQL, and many others outright refuse to release games for the console because of this.
  7. Its "exclusive" games are also available for PC (but only for Windows 10 users), so they lose the whole point of being "exclusives" (In fact, there are only 10 true exclusives for the console, though 1 of them is a compilation of old video games, such as Rare Replay).
    • On top of exclusives being small in number, many recent Xbox One exclusives have been lackluster, one notable example being Rare's Sea of Thieves, which was criticized for its lack of content despite it being heavily hyped as Rare's big comeback. Crackdown 3 was also criticized as many thought it was the only hope for the Xbox One to get a good exclusive outside of Halo, Gears, and Forza.
  8. Just like its predecessors and the PlayStation 4, you have to pay for full online access.
  9. Needs a sizable software patch out of the box before you can use it, even on the newer models.
  10. Unlike the Xbox 360, PS3, or PS4, the hard drives are not user-replaceable; the only (authorized) method of expanding storage is to plug in a USB 3.0 external hard drive or solid state drive.
  11. Just like the Xbox 360 controller, The Wireless Controller's battery life is short and dies a little quickly compared to PlayStation Wireless Controllers. When this happens, it forces you to use your controller wired and it makes you waste money on batteries.
  12. Sometimes, you get disconnected from Xbox Live easily when you turn on the console.
  13. The Xbox One S and X do not have an on-board Kinect port, requiring an adapter if the user wants to play Kinect games.
    • Adding to this, due to the head of Xbox Phil Spencer killing the Kinect add-on, future Xbox One updates removed the ability to use it in Dashboard and made it only for Kinect games. This means you can only physically turn on the console instead of saying "Xbox, on" or make use of Kinect features for the Dashboard.
  14. The original model has very weak durability because it can split due to weak clips that hold the system in place; this was fixed with the S/X models because they use screws.
  15. Excessive amount of bugs and glitches such as games taking too long to load, certain apps like YouTube not working, and getting kicked out of the game and sent right back into the home menu.
  16. Unlike the Xbox 360, if you want to watch DVDs or Blu-rays on the console, you have to download a external application from the Microsoft Store.


  • The console's codename was Durango.
  • On the Project Scorpio edition of the Xbox One X, there is a string of numbers on the box: 0105101317. This number string is actually an Easter egg relating to the release dates of major milestones in the Xbox brand's history:
    • 01 - 2001: the launch of the original Xbox.
    • 05 - 2005: the launch of the Xbox 360.
    • 10 - 2010: the launch of the Xbox Kinect.
    • 13 - 2013: the launch of the Xbox One.
    • 17 - 2017: the launch of the Xbox One X.




7 months ago
Score 3
The Xbox One exclusives are really lackluster. Scalebound's cancellation was so damaging that it caused me to not get an Xbox One and instead keep my Original Xbox and Xbox 360.


4 months ago
Score 1
Well, again. It is backwards compatible to both Xbox 360 and the Original Xbox. That’s something that it’s competitors don’t have plus it’s digital store library is a a lot bigger and has a good selection.


4 months ago
Score 0
But exclusives wise???


5 months ago
Score -4
equal points damn


5 months ago
Score -4
Yh it's not really a bad console but it definitely has a lot bad qualities. To this day, I keep hesitating to get one and continue to use my Original Xbox and Xbox 360 instead.


3 months ago
Score 1

You should definitely get a Series X when it releases (November 10)

Seriously, I heard that Microsoft ironed out the errors they made with the 360 and One combined.


5 months ago
Score 1
Strange that Blu Ray/DVD are only compatible within an app instead of built-in.


3 months ago
Score 2
This looks like a cool console.


2 months ago
Score -3
Not Bad console but, unfortunately, it had low Sales and couldn't catch up to its sales to its competitors, Although the reason why the Xbox one didn't win the console war just because of the paid online multiplayer subscriptions, even though it haded a faster processor, it still a good console.

Kion the Lion

2 months ago
Score 1
That's...not at all correct. It didn't lose the 8th generation because it had paid multiplayer (while an inconvenience, yes, but not the primary reason why it lost). It lost because of Don Mattrick's restrictive controls during press conferences (it must have the Kinect plugged in, it must be connected to the internet at all times, you can't resell and reuse games, etc) as well as the fact that he tried to market the Xbox One as an 'all in one entertainment system' rather than a game console.

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