With the Xbox One still blinking from opening its eyes to the world for the first time, we answer some of the burning questions you might have.
Will my Xbox 360 Gamerscore carry over to Xbox One?
After much debate about this point, Microsoft has confirmed that your Gamerscore will be ported over to the Xbox One. All your precious points, all your kill counts, every trophy you ever stole by sneak-killing with a knife in multiplayer – they’re yours to carry over onto the Xbox One.
Will the Xbox One watch me sleep?
No. You won't be able to remove the Kinect altogether, but Microsoft will provide privacy settings so that "you can be completely secure that the camera is off and can't see you." If you're completely paranoid, you could always put a tea cozy over it.
How often will I have to get up to charge the controller?
You won’t. It'll take AA batteries, which could prove pricey unless you buy some rechargeable batteries. The controller now features an integrated battery compartment, doing away with the bulky bulge on the back of the 360 controller. You'll have to wait for our full review to find out what sort of battery life you can get out of the controller.
Will the Xbox One be always-on?
While it’s not an always-on console, you will reportedly need to be online once every 24 hours – even if you want to play a single-player game. However, Microsoft has since claimed that it was only referring to "potential scenarios," so the jury's still out.
How can I hog the controller anymore?
Now that Kinect has grown smarter everything can be controlled – including what you watch on TV (via your box of choice) – using voice commands and gestures. Technically anyone could chime in just as Game of Thrones is about to crescendo and say, "Xbox turn on The Kardashians" and cause all-out lounge warfare. Here’s hoping you can turn that off and stick to your control pad controls if you want – the Kinect will also recognise who's using what controller, though whether you'll be able to lock out functions on certain controllers is up in the air.
Should I buy a 4K TV with the Xbox One?
If you’re rich enough, why not? Otherwise don’t worry, the Xbox One is simply 4K-capable so that it’ll be ready when 4K hits the mainstream. The cheapest 4K TV available at the moment is Sony’s 55in KD-55X9000A, which will set you back £4000 on its launch in July. With little content only the wealthy will be adopting right now. Instead, save your money for more of the fifteen Xbox One games due out this year.
Will I need to pay to play used games?
No – initially it was thought that used games would carry a charge, but it's now being reported that games will be tied to Xbox accounts – you can play your disc on any Xbox that you're signed in on, and you'll be able to trade in your games at retail stores.
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