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Microsoft's Major Nelson unboxes the Xbox One (video)

by Mark Tyson on 9 August 2013, 09:15

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An official Microsoft Xbox One unboxing video has been published on the Xbox YouTube channel. The video shows Xbox's Major Nelson opening up and discussing the contents of the Xbox One Day One Edition. In the video you will see for the first time that a free mono gaming headset will be included in the pack. In related Xbox One news it has been confirmed that to use the game DVR feature (recording your gameplay skills to share) and also even to use Skype you will have to be a paid up Xbox Live Gold subscriber.

"The moment you've been waiting for"

The components, as they emerge from the box are as follows; Kinect sensor, gaming headset, controller, 4K rated HDMI cable, manual/paperwork, Xbox One sticker, power cord, power brick and finally the console.

After the unboxing ceremony, which takes about half of the video, Major Nelson talks you through some of the hardware, its connectors and features. He reminds us of many of the headline tech specs of the Xbox One and the new controller featuring "over 40 improvements". This 'Day One Edition' controller also has a special inscription and a chrome D-Pad. He concludes the video by powering on the Xbox One using its touch-sensitive, transparent, flush, back-illuminated power switch.

Subscription charges

Microsoft has detailed, via its updated Xbox Live page, the features you will have to be a paying subscriber to enjoy, on your Xbox One. This list is for the US version, in the US XboX Live Gold membership subs cost from $5 per month.

The subscription fee will net users all the above on both their Xbox 360 and Xbox One systems as well as two free games per month. However the small print says the current 'Games with Gold' offer will end on 31st December. Sony's similar paid-for subscription service is not required for the PlayStation 4 console's recording and sharing of video gameplay clips.



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Almost laughed my nuts off when I discovered that the Xbrick One comes with a separate XBrick Power Supply. If Microsoft is early to market as Toys R' Us suggests, it's just because they've slapped a PC in a box... no a PC in TWO boxes.
I like separate power supplies, so long as they are not wallwhart kind.

I think they have many benefits. PSUs fail commonly, so its easy to replace. PSUs generate heat, it's easy to have it elsewhere because it isn't something you need to touch (I have my consoles in a cabinet, so heat is always a worry).

So myself I am in favour of a separate PSU.

The question I ask, is why do you need a subscription to use Skype on the xbox. MS own Skype. Surely if you already have a Skype Premium account you shouldn't have to pay for the privilege of using it? It does appear that they have one-upped the gillete model. Selling you a bloody expensive razor, with expensive blades that you must buy to be able to use it.
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I like separate power supplies, so long as they are not wallwhart kind.

I think they have many benefits. PSUs fail commonly, so its easy to replace. PSUs generate heat, it's easy to have it elsewhere because it isn't something you need to touch (I have my consoles in a cabinet, so heat is always a worry).

So myself I am in favour of a separate PSU.

The question I ask, is why do you need a subscription to use Skype on the xbox. MS own Skype. Surely if you already have a Skype Premium account you shouldn't have to pay for the privilege of using it? It does appear that they have one-upped the gillete model. Selling you a bloody expensive razor, with expensive blades that you must buy to be able to use it.


You cannot 'up' the Gillete model - their latest one comes with 5 blades... with a 'precision' blade on the back of it which is essentially the very first razor they brought out.

As for the separate power supply - I'm indifferent really. It's not a hassle once the console is setup and as you said, less heat inside the console is better. It does however limit the portability of said console - playstation power cables are cheap and plentiful.
More likely that with a separate brick you can produce regionised (is that a word?) versions more easily, and as said above, just replace the brick if it fails.
I don't mind the idea of a separate power brick at all, in fact I quite like it, as others have said, reduces the amount of heat within the console, and also can make the console slightly smaller/put more good stuff in it, whilst you can shove the power brick at the back somewhere.

Pity they are going to be paid services, since it's trying to be more than just a console, you might think they'd want to encourage the extra uses, rather than put people off by making them pay.