And wow is it sick!
Here are some of my observations after using it yesterday:
The Day 1 update did not take very long for us at all. Maybe 20 minutes? I asked the woman at the Microsoft store when we picked up the Xbox how long it would take, and she said that the shortest she heard was 35 minutes, and the longest was 11 hours. She said it depended on how good our WiFi was. Well our Wi-Fi is pretty good, and we were done in 20 minutes so that was nice.
Kinect seems very responsive and the camera looks great. It highlights who is in the room by their gamer tag! It’s really cool. Voice commands are pretty good. When we attempted them they worked well, but I didn’t use them extensively quite yet.
It is a lot easier switching controllers with people because a lot of that Player 1 Player 2 set up is out of here. Whenever my brother enters the room it recognizes him which is pretty fun. If we are both in the room, it recognizes who is holding the controller. It is easy and fast to switch between accounts.
The first game we tried was Assassins Creed IV and it looked great! The installation was slow to begin with but after 10% we could start playing. It installed fully soon after. When we tried to install Battlefield 4 we wanted to play multiplayer but that took a lot longer! I think an hour and a half total, but maybe 20-30 minutes until you could start actually playing the campaign. After we played though it looked amazing and it was fun. I was pretty bad at it after jumping right in. haha I’ve never played a Battlefield game before, and this is our first year not buying COD. Battlefield is pretty awesome, brings a lot of dimensions to multiplayer. Even if I sucked it was still entertaining.
We downloaded Skype, Netflix, NFL, and YouTube apps, and they all took very quick to install.
We played in a party with 2 other friends and the interface was very clean and I feel like it is a lot easier to manage party/friend settings and messages. Their voices sounded clear and it was a fun experience.
One awesome thing you can do is there is no “exit to dashboard button”. You just click the Xbox icon on your controller and it keeps the game exactly where you were at, and you can click back at any time! It was so great and so much easier to switch back and forth from managing friends, playing a game, watching clips, etc.
We attempted a Skype call with a friend, and it was pretty good. We both used the Kinect, and it followed him as he moved around the room which is great because he didn’t have to stay in one place. The quality was not that great though and I don’t know if you could change the preferable quality or it was because it zoomed in on him, or it was just like that. It really was not a big deal though. I probably won’t use skype a ton anyway.
I LOVE how you can change the color of your Xbox Dashboard. My brother has his account as an ice blue and mine is a hot pink :D. Just one of those little things that makes me happy.
Overall I’m pretty freaking pumped. The only thing that is annoying is if you want to immediately play multiplayer, a lot of these games will make you wait for the whole install, so you have to plan ahead if you are installing a big game like Battlefield.
Oh, and I almost forgot! My friend tried making a clip in game while playing Battlefield. It was cool and it uploaded right away so we could see it. :)