Here’s What We Learned From the Xbox One Delivered Two Weeks Early by Target

on November 9, 2013 3:06 AM

After getting his Xbox One early due to a quite fortunate shipping mistake by retailer Target, twitter user Moonlightswami has been sharing basically everything you may want to know about Microsoft’s upcoming console over the last few hours.

Here’s what we learned so far. Of course keep in mind that part of the data included here is colored by Moonlightswami’s personal opinion, so you’ll have to weigh it accordingly.

  • A cold boot (from off to operational) takes 17 seconds. It was timed with a stopwatch.
  • loading an installed game (Call of Duty: Ghosts) takes between 15 and 20 seconds.
  • The console “looks solid, feels heavy, great quiet fan, good ports. Doesn’t look flimsy at all like 360.”
  • The controller “is very interesting. The triggers are firmer and don’t go down as much as 360, LB and RB are bigger, thumbsticks grippier.”
  • Downloading the day one patch took 2 minutes with Moonlightswami’s internet connection that features 65 Mb/s downstream.
  • The update started as soon as the console was booted up.
  • Clothing options for the avatar transferred over from the Xbox 360 seamlessly.
  • Both the console and the power brick are very quiet while operating.
  • After a few hours of operation the console was “a bit warm, but not hot,” still quiet.
  • The power brick itself was “barely warm” after three hours.
  • It took about 30 minutes to fully install Call of Duty: Ghosts, which is a 49 GB installation.
  • Games are playable after they are past 50% installation.
  • Installation started automatically as soon as the disc was inserted.
  • Kinect voice commands are very responsive. Moonlightswami had to repeat them only when they were uttered too quietly or there was too much noise.
  • Apparently it even detected correctly the voice of a friend via Skype on Moonlightswami’s PC.
  • Holding the Xbox button on the controller pressed brings up options to turn off the system or the controller.
  • There’s only Online and Offline status available, no busy or away.
  • Music and TV Apps available are: Audio CD player, Hulu, Skype, Blu-Ray Disc, Netflix, Skydrive, NFL.
  • Power brick label: Input 100V-127V 4.91 A, 50/60 GHz. Output 12V 17.9 A 5VSB 1.0A.
  • Video options: Resolution: 1080p or 720p, HDMI or DVI, Color Depth: 24 30 or 36 Bits per pixel, TV RGB limited or PC RGB full
  • Audio options: HDMI: Stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed, DTS digital surround. Optical: Stereo uncompressed, DTS Digital surround.
  • Kinect’s cord is 6 feet long, HDMI cable is 5 feet, the power cord is quite long as well.
  • The start dashboard has three tabs: Pins, Home and Store.
  • The customization options for the tiles of the dashboard have “every color in the rainbow and more.”

Unfortunately the stream of information was halted because Microsoft acted on it and banned the console. That’s quite unfortunate, even if predictable.

Lesson to be learned: if you get your Xbox One early, it may be wise to leave it in the box, or at least not to publicize that you have it. Microsoft seems to be a tad on the sensitive side.

If you want to see something a little more visual, you can also check out a large batch of screenshots of the dashboard, and the wide selection of available gamerpics from the same source. Below you can also check out a picture of the label of the power source and the sad screen notifying Moonlightswami of the ban as he tries to connect to the internet.

Update: according to Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, the ban won’t be permanent, as he posted today on NeoGaf.

I reached out to him and I’ll get this sorted out. His console will not be permabanned that is for sure.

Ban

Power Source Label

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