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#153904 12-Oct-2014 12:10
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I'm a PC gamer from way back but haven't played anything other than the odd racing game in years. We took the kids away last week and the place we stayed at had an xbox360 with a kinect and not only the kids, but my wife (who has NEVER played either a console or PC game in her life) had a blast with the Sports games during the bad weather.

I know pretty much nothing about consoles and stayed away because I couldn't get the hang of the controllers. Give me a mouse and kb for FPS, or steering wheel and peddles any day !

So I'm looking for some advice. Do I stick with a 360 or go for a One ? The 360 has lots of games, is cheap but is old tech and the graphics aren't great. The One is new, but relatively expensive in comparison to a 360 and probably has features I wont use. I've seen some youtube videos of what the One is capable of, but whilst Skype on the TV would be nice, I already have an HTPC which handles all LAN video and audio, we never watch NZ tv and my Samsung tv handles Netflix, BBC iplayer etc.

Could the One be considered a proper HTPC replacement playing all our bluray's and video over the LAN ? 

I've also noticed us moving more and more to M$ in the last 12 months. I love W8, my wife has a SurfaceRT and absolutely loves it, my kids have Chromebooks from school and although my work life revolves around Gmail, Google Drive and Docs etc I'm thinking of getting a Surface Pro and moving to Office, Skydrive etc. We also use Spotify but Xbox music is starting to appeal on the basis I think it allows for four devices and not three.

I'd appreciate any thoughts and if someone has one for sale ;)

 

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  #1152148 12-Oct-2014 12:38
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Please don't use m$ it's really quite grotesque and I'm sure you didn't mean anything but eh.

I would say go for the 500gb 360 as the 360 has a huge library of games to choose from + free games every month with gold and if you like the experience then the Xbone is an obvious step up in a couple years.

If you solely want it for family and such, then get an xbox one as it has the "hardcore" games and the family friendly games that are really good.

You could also get a second Xbone down the line so you can play with your family or whoever and not need to buy two copies of the same game.

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  #1152150 12-Oct-2014 12:40
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You're not limited to using the standard console controllers and you should factor that into your financial equation. The best gamers I know use keyboard and mouse (or other pointer) for improved accuracy on FPS games. Some of them spend more on their controllers/keyboards/pointers than on the console.

Personally, I would separate the gaming function from the HTPC functions. I wouldn't want the performance of either to be impacted by the other. That's why I wouldn't be using my HTPC on my desktop.

As to 360 vs One you have to decide what your priorities are. I'm into gaming fun with the kids so 720p on the 360 is fine for me. We're using a lot of the free games on XBox Live.

PS I should have added that you should factor in the cost of online accounts. For example, the XBox One has a four?-account family pack which is no longer available on the 360. It used be $130 for 4 versus $70 for one so it was real attractive even for a single user.


 
 
 
 


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  #1152151 12-Oct-2014 12:41
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I'd go a One if you were going Xbox. The value proposition of the X360 is hard to beat though I'd admit, plus there is a lot more content available and cheaply too. The Kinect I believe as it has for many people, have limited attraction. You will likely use it for a few weeks and the novelty wears off and it gathers dust. As always you will find some exceptions.

The Kinect on the One is seriously impressive, probably one of the only things I found to be truly amazing. 

Plex on your Home PC will allow you to play media courtesy of the brand new plex app for X1, which is the second reason I find to use my X1.

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  #1152155 12-Oct-2014 12:48
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Get a Wii for like $60 (or $120 with half a dozen ganes), if the goal is fun for the whole family.




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  #1152156 12-Oct-2014 12:48
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Get a Wii for like $60 (or $120 with half a dozen ganes), if the goal is fun for the whole family.




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  #1152165 12-Oct-2014 13:00
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The goal really is fun for everyone, but as my 11yo boy gets bigger I'm sure it will escalate to more.

We tried a wii years ago and whilst it was ok, the graphics were pretty awful and needing to hold controllers when we know we dont for an xbox makes a difference.

Whats the reason for 4-250GB ? Is that just for saved games or what you can buy on Live ?

I know nothing about online accounts so I'll look into that too.

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  #1152179 12-Oct-2014 13:16
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Get an Xbox One. It will get the most amount of better apps support, new release titles, kinect functionality, seriously cool Skype calling via kinect (it tracks you around the room as you move, it is not a gimmick) and cheaper digital games. If you have someone in the family/friend who is a staff/student at an NZ education provider (School/University), then they can get 10% off Xbox One via the online MS NZ store. You get Xbox One, Kinect, Titanfall and Forza 5 bundled for $630 incl free shipping. If you have an AA membership card (paid or free for fuel discounts), you can also use that at the MS store and get 5c/ltr off if the spend is over $50.

Games and DLC on Xbox One is region free unlike they are on Xbox 360. Digital games are much cheaper to buy on Xbox One via the Indian or Hong Kong digital store. It is very easy to buy games digitally from those store. Sunset Overdrive for example is NZ$58 from Hong Kong store digital download while cheapest physical retail disc is NZ$78 in NZ. Dance Central is a really good Kinect family entertainer game ($10 for core game + 10 songs, additional songs are $2 each) and so is Xbox Fitness (Free for quite a few workouts). Max The Curse of Brotherhood is another excellent family entertainer/puzzle game (I got it for free with the Xbox live Gold program but it only lasts a month which was few months ago).

With the latest dashboard update on Xbox One, you can now also stream MKV format files locally from your network and the Plex app was released earlier this week. You can even use your voice to pause, play, volume up/down in third party apps like Plex, built in DLNA/Network streamer, Netflix etc.

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  #1152195 12-Oct-2014 14:11
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martyyn: The goal really is fun for everyone, but as my 11yo boy gets bigger I'm sure it will escalate to more.

We tried a wii years ago and whilst it was ok, the graphics were pretty awful


In that case run Dolphin on your PC and do it that way. I'm playing Gamecube games at present in 1080p 4xFSAA 16xAA and they're awesome.

(and before any trolls put in their 2c, yes, I own every single game and system I emulate)

If of course you're wanting a console to fulfil HTPC type duties then one of the current gen machines is the way to go.




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  #1152588 13-Oct-2014 10:42
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If it's for party/family gaming - definitely the Wii U.

However, if your only considered options are either 360 or One, then 360 may be the best simply because it has the library. The graphics on the 360 still aren't that bad.

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  #1152592 13-Oct-2014 10:54
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my vote, get a cheap 360 off TM, try it out, see how much use you get out of it.  if it turns out you do use it a lot, you can upgrade to a xbox one, when theyre cheaper and theres more games (ive lent my ps4 to my brother for the last 3 months since theres no game for it).   and if you decide you dont use it enough, you havent wasted a lot of money on a new console.

TM a 360 + a bunch of good 2nd hand games, should be pretty cheap.

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  #1152648 13-Oct-2014 11:33
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The net says ps4. I don't know as the only thing I've ever like playing was the ps2'
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  #1152838 13-Oct-2014 13:49
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Console war incoming
Best question is:

Do you want this for gaming or all over use?
-If gaming only a PS4 is where you should go (if you want to go cheaper xbox360)
-If all over use go the xbone

watch this and it should help you decide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIZiA_qzYA4




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  #1153356 14-Oct-2014 09:35
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Lyderies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIZiA_qzYA4


Possibly a more accurate statement is ".... was built by gamers for accountants".

Although the PS4 GPU does provide more bling power over the Xbox One, both, are somewhat underwhelming in relative terms to current technology.

Will be interesting to see how things pan out this gen.

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  #1153699 14-Oct-2014 15:38
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I'd choose based on which platform has more exclusive "that platform only" games I wanted to play...

http://au.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/PS4_Games_vs_Xbox_One_Games 

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