Xbox One Unboxing Video – The Breakdown

Xbox’s Larry Hyrb, AKA ‘Major Nelson’ is seen revealing the special day-one edition Xbox One console with an unboxing video.


 
The console’s black cardboard box is a similar size to the current Xbox 360 Slimline consoles, and opens in the same way. The Kinect sensor is first to be revealed from the box.

Controversially, Larry delves into the box and whips out… a headset. This isn’t too surprising, as Microsoft recently announced that a headset would not be included in their bundles; they seem to have gone back on their word, yet again. As quoted in an interview with Arstechnica, ‘Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences. For gamers who prefer a headset, we have a variety of offerings that you can find on the Xbox Wire.’.

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Judging from the Youtube comment chatter on this video, many people haven’t picked up on the fact that he’s also stated that the HDMI cable in the box is ‘4K rated’, which we’re presuming, means 4K resolution support. This could this mean 4K films, or maybe even games in the not too distant future.  Fingers and toes crossed that the price of 4K televisions drop as a result!

Larry then proceeds to point out and list all of the component features that come with the Xbox One day one edition along with close-up shots, as follows:

1. Paperwork – an owners manual, a sticker, and day one special edition codes.

2. The Xbox One console, in ‘liquid black’. Complete with slot loading Blu-Ray drive,, HDMI out, optical cable port, HDMI in, 3 xUSB 3.0, Kinect port, IR out, high speed ethernet port, 500gb HDD,  built in Wi-Fi connector, and a Kensington security lock.

3. 4K capable HDMI cable.

4. Power supply.

5. Day one controller with over 40 improvements – including new style chrome d-pad, impulse triggers and the day one edition image.

6. Kinect – improved gesture and motion control, greater field of view and 1080p video recording.

7. Headset – ‘monochat’ (whatever this invented word means, it’s  improved comfort and inline audio controls, and improved audio quality for chat.

And to top it all off… At the end of the video Larry demonstrates the power button, which glows blue and makes some strange noises, almost identical to the special edition slimline consoles of the Xbox 360 generation.

Larry Hyrb

All of our questions and thoughts will be answered in the coming months, but what about Sony? Since E3, we’ve not heard much more than Sony letting us know they’re doing the opposite to Microsoft after an Xbox One feature reveal – are they waiting for ‘M$’ to dig themselves some more holes with the Xbox One?

Personally, I think that Microsoft have shown us that they’re listening to what the majority of their ‘potential customers’ (or should we say, forum trolls) are saying, and are acting on the comments in a positive way, but like a hippopotamus jumping in mud. They couldn’t have done it louder, and as a result, nobody wants to talk about anything other than next-generation, as Microsoft have levelled the playing field in most gamer’s eyes.  Sony on the other hand, are keeping a tad more quiet as the original, stronger contender for the console crown. If they do announce something that we’re not too keen on, that price difference between the release-day bundles of both consoles isn’t going to look as unattractive.

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