Finally the day we have all been waiting for so patiently. Microsoft has finally shown the green-light to its massively popular Xbox One gaming console for sale in India. And although the company is a tad bit late compared to its immediate rival Sony with its new PlayStation 4, the excitement is still massive since it's a brand new Xbox.
Microsoft's Xbox One is primarily the direct competitor to Sony's own PlayStation 4 gaming console, and while both the devices offer the (kind of) same functionalities, they have arrived with their own special offerings, both in terms of gaming and internal features. However, we are sticking to the Xbox One for the moment.
While the Microsoft-made Xbox One has just recently reached the Indian shores, the gaming console was already announced on May 21, 2013 as a successor to the Xbox 360 and only the third console in the Xbox family.
And while the console was criticized for its initial digital rights management policies (there was a requirement for a periodic connection to the internet, and ambiguous restrictions on the resale and sharing of previously-purchased games), apart from Kinect usage requirements and higher price than its competitors, Microsoft made amends by dropping these restrictions prior to releasing the console.
However, with the console now heading over to the Indian market, the device is set to be available in India on September 23, starting at Rs 39,990. Apart from that, Microsoft will also launch Xbox One with Kinect at INR 45,990 with AAA titles like Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which comes with the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta.
But while all those stats and numbers sound exciting and filled with potential, money isn't really an object of fun. So why exactly should you be spending on the new gaming consoles?
What does it offer to compliment its overall price tag? We take a look at 5 reasons why it will be money well spent on the new Xbox One.
Microsoft rules the roost when it comes to first-party exclusives and multiplayer offerings related to it. Sure, Sony has a bigger hand is offering single player titles in the race, but no one does it better than Microsoft with its first party titles.
Titles like Halo, Gears of War, Forza and Titanfall have all found their way on to the Xbox One. And that should be a reason enough to invest on the device.
Sure, owning a Kinect means burning more body calories (not my cup of tea), but you have to be amazed by the kind of technology it's incorporating. And although the tech received a lot of negative reviews in its initial days, Microsoft decided to stick with the tech and now it features voice command/navigation feature which is extremely useful.
Microsoft was offering a number of high profile titles exclusively that had seen more rumors and speculations than others in the business. With titles such as Forza, Dead Rising and Titanfall, the launch line up is anyday better than most consoles in the market.
The Xbox controller has seen a lot of ups and downs in the recent past, but Microsoft hit the jackpot the way the company developed the controller for the Xbox One. Sure, it isn't anything compared to the PS4's DualShock, but at least it isn't clanky and make squeaking noises when a button is pushed hard.
Gaming isn't the only priority for the Xbox One. Similarly to Windows 8, Xbox One can snap applications (such as music, video, Skype, and Internet Explorer) to the side of the screen as a form of multitasking. Moreover, it can serve as a pass-through for an existing television set-top box over HDMI.
Apart from that, the TV tie-in function with the option to record your own gameplay to its DVR and the ability to share this footage was what got us all excited.