Xbox One: A $499 PC For Your Living Room

Posted at 11:36 AM, Nov 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-20 11:36:44-05

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) The Xbox One is Microsoft’s first new gaming console in eight years. It’s a quality piece of hardware but it’s also noteworthy because Microsoft is using it to make a statement.

Video game consoles are no longer just gaming consoles. They’re computers for your living room.

So how does the Xbox One, which goes on sale for $499 on Friday, fare with that in mind?

Hardware: The Xbox hardware is big … even by next-generation console standards. It’s bigger than a cable box and Blu-ray player, but thankfully smaller than an AV Receiver.

That said, the Xbox One is tastefully designed, which makes its size less of an issue. The combination of finishes, textures and angles make the all-black box fun, but not loud. You won’t have to hide this away from public sight.

On the inside, the Xbox is now powered by the same developer-friendly 8-core processor as Sony’s PlayStation 4. It also has 8 gigabytes of RAM, but its approach to using these components is very different from its competitor.

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