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This has turned out to be one of my best purchases in years. I am extremely glad I chose this console over its competitor. I am very excited about the potential for this system- although the games right now are lacking, there is plenty of fun to be had, online and off, and it has turned my HDTV into an extremely capable, voice activated, internet and app friendly, entertainment center. The system has become the life of the party, with its ability to multitask, the kinnects' ability to recognize voice and easily put commands through to change the current TV station, pause/record on television, DVR (the same pause record process, which is incredible) whichever game I am playing, not to mention its extreme processing and graphics capability which has set a new standard for my already very high expectations for any console play. The games have turned out to be a blast. -I was not much of an online player on the 360, nor the ps2/3, however the 360 has changed that; not by force or guidelines, but by the level of excitement online to expect, and to have, has fundamentally changed for the better. Long gone are the days of simple names, avatars, and stats - online videos of game-play, sharing, extreme levels of multi-player capability and interaction between everyone have become seamlessly integrated to a level of speed unprecidented and overall general technological aptitude uniquely accessible for everyone. The voice command module of the Kinnect has proven to be invaluable -girls/people at parties all shouting out which song they want to hear in drunken glee, rather than moodily explanation demanding and controller and console explanations. The Kinnect simply just does what they ask. I am extremely glad that this has been integrated so well with the system, along with another invaluable aspect, the HDMI-in port, where the DCT (your digital cable box / DVR box) can go, or whatever other device you chose. This not only puts an on-screen guide, but allows for voice navigation between channels, the Xbox One home screen, and the actual game- the days where launching games over and over again to a restart/save point are gone here. When you want to play, you simply just state so and you're back to the game- Want to check the scores/replays from the playoffs? Simply ask the Kinnect and it will do as you say. Guy or girl, accent, degree of intoxication, etc. -all do not matter when the connect is preforming its voice recognition task. Such a simple pleasure as saying "Xbox on" to turn on both your television and Xbox, when you perhaps, due to last nights festivities, you may not really want to move. When you do get up from your couch, if it hasn't already, your Xbox will greet you with a hello and log you in as your kinnect recognizes you better than most of your actual friends. In summary, the high technology, the promise of future expansion, and the games that are out right now, and the games to come, all make the Xbox not only a wise purchase, but a better choice over its cheaper, sloppier, competitor. To my knowledge, to get the intrepid level of entertainment the Xbox One Console will get you, you would have to end up spending much more with the other console, only to get short changed when it comes down to the software / online capability that Xbox Live has been producing, and still currently produces. In an era where everyone carries a smart device or two at all times, this has become immensely popular at my apartment with all demographics that come in, and never fails to impress, as they're simply able to digitally link any device they might have to Xbox One itself. In conclusion, Xbox One dwarfs the competitor (to be forthcoming in this review, I actually had my mind set on the PS4, yet changed it once I realized the immense capabilities, and things I could really use on a daily basis, and get it all in one package, rather than disappoint myself) when it comes to nearly every aspect of interface. The controller is ergonomically light, mobile and sleek. The Console itself is the crown jewel of my electronic devices, and I am sure will continue to stay that way for the next decade, like its predecessor.