New Beginnings

I’ve had an awful year. There has been lots of personal problems that have divided my attention and time. But these past two months things have turned a corner. Perhaps one I wasn’t expecting or initially wanted, but perhaps what was needed.

For all the best intentions in the world, sometimes things just cannot work out the way you want them to. Things break. Stress, life and illness can get in the way. 

So, what does that mean here on the blog? Well I am still rebranding. I am still sticking with the name and nothing much will change. However, for a while at least there will be little posts on parenting and family for personal reasons. I may comment on life as a parent but in a less direct manner. Instead this blog is going to be purely concentrating on gaming. Due to my pending move from one home to another in the near future, I do not know when I will finish the posts I have been writing behind the scenes. I also currently do not have access to my computers or consoles (I need to buy new ones). With my handy smartphone being much more blogging friendly, it means I should be able to update or at least converse over Twitter or Facebook more to chat with you all things life and gaming. 

I am in talks currently with hosting options and the blog will be gaining its own domain name which makes me very excited! I am also looking for an artist who can help me with the logo and design of the page. 

Related news is that soon I will be starting a journalism course which will gain me more links in the industry and in the press world. Rather exciting. I also plan to get back in with all you fellow bloggers and perhaps meet some of you at events across the UK. 

Thank you for being ever so patient and still following me. Please come and say hi on Twitter or Facebook the links of which are below. I look forward to giving you all further news and developments and talking to you all.

Always forward, forward always.

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The Future of The Gaming Mum!

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Well hello!

So as some of you may have seen on Twitter  new stuff is happening behind the scenes. I am working on getting a domain and self-hosting, a new blog design, and continuing to make The Gaming Mum bigger and better!

A few weeks ago, I was also approached by Tyler at Creative.co and I am now part of the network, submitting my posts on there too! I also plan on putting unique articles that perhaps don’t necessarily fit here on the blog on there and vice versa obviously.

I am quite busy as you can imagine haha! But I’m loving it. Perhaps in the future I can stop working in the industry I do for long, stupid hours and can write full time. That would be my dream.

So don’t forget to follow me here on the blog, and on all social media! And please check out my profile on Creative.co which you can find here!

Thank you for following, engaging and reading my blog. It really means a lot to me, and I hope you are as excited as I am to see where we can go together next!

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Gamescom 2016: ‘Overwatch’ Has Some Major Changes Inbound

Unfortunately I couldn’t go to Gamescom this year, but it is still definitely one I have been watching at home for all the Esports and the news. All the Overwatch content made me very excited, so make a cuppa and get comfortable!

Eichenwalde

(c) Blizzard Entertainment 2016 

Now if you’ve been playing Overwatch since launch like me, some of the maps are beginning to get a bit old. Especially Watchpoint: Gibraltar. I hate that map. So the time really feels right for Blizzard to give us a new battleground to play in.Eichenwalde is the first new map to be announced, and it looks beautiful. In true Overwatch style, the map is full of little details to make it less like a video game location and more a real place.

The bricks of the buildings look like you could touch them; the moss on the walls look fuzzy, with all the named buildings. And it really looks like a little abandoned town complete with a castle! I mean come on! A castle! Assistant Game Director Aaron Keller in his interview with Soe commented that the map is set in an abandoned town outside the Black Forest in Germany. With all the abandoned houses, it makes an insane amount of different routes to get to where you are going. So many nooks and crannies to hide in or on top of and to definitely box in the opponents.

The new map is not quite a payload and not quite a control point objective. In fact, it is both. You start by attacking the control point and once your team has it, you then defend the payload. The payload is a giant battering ram for the castle gates. When you have got the payload to the castle gates and captured the checkpoint there, the ram batters down the door to get into the castle.

The game finishes at the body/armour of someone who looks suspiciously like Reinhardt. It has been confirmed since the announcement that this guy at the end is Reinhardt’s old master, Balderich. To get a good look at the map, below is a video from popular streamer Unit Lost Gaming. He talks in depth as he plays on the map at Gamescom!

 

How cool right? I’m really looking forward to playing this map myself on console in September, but for those of you on PC, you can find it live now on the PTR. In the words of Tracer, “what are you waiting for”? Let me know your thoughts if you have PC PTR access or were at Gamescom and tried the map!

2: Competitive Changes!

This was not technically announced at Gamescom but just before, so lots of interviews made comments on it. And it is a major thing, which is why I have included it here. Everyone knows that the first season of competitive mode was a little bit of a sensitive issue. What with coin flips to decide who wins, supports not getting enough points and the loss of levels when you have a defeat. Blizzard has announced a brand new system for ranking. This seems to be based in a similar fashion to StarCraft II’s leagues.

You will be in a skill rating from 1-5000 and this number will be put in tier brackets of Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master and Grandmaster. Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch’s director posted a video on YouTube explaining the changes, which you can find below.

Also, in even better news, you will not be able to drop tiers (unless in the top two – Master and Grandmaster), just skill rating. This is fantastic. This makes much more sense. And sudden death is no more! Check out the video below from the man himself to see more information.

3: New Animated Short!

Gamescon was given the world premiere of the new short for Bastion. Whether you love or hate the little robot (Omnic is the official phrase here), this short gave you big feels! And now that Origin’s skin for him makes sense, finally. Check out the short below!

4: Overwatch Esports

There were matches aplenty at Gamescom for the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown tournament. These are currently being re-streamed on Twitch repeatedly which you can find here.

Unfortunately there was no mention of Sombra, that fabled hero that has been teased through the game. But, to be honest, I’m sure most people are happier with a brand new map and the new changes to competitive. I do have a feeling that Blizzcon 2016 will have a tonne of new content for us to drool over though.

Were you at Gamescom? What do you think of the new content and upcoming changes? Is there anything (other than Sombra!) you wished had been announced? Let me know in the comments. Don’t forget to follow me here and all social media, the links are below!

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Why do I write?

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Why Do I Write? (c)The Gaming Mum 2016

Someone asked me recently a key question I think all Bloggers should think about. Why do I write? It’s a loaded question isn’t it? And one that certainly requires thought.

When I started this blog, I had written several personal blogs from teenage years (some of them I’m so glad the services got taken offline, I bet they were full of teenage angst!). With no job at the time, and parenting being a sometimes lonely exisitance, I wanted to write. Since meeting my Hubby, my love for games has grown and reminded me why I used to play games in the first place. Me time. Everyone needs that personal time to themselves. But at the same time, I wanted to write out my feelings with parenting and my opinion on games. I am a fairly unique dynamic, being female, a parent and a gamer. I have tried to make games in the past, but must admit I’m pretty lost over it all! I have a lot of respect for developers who can create these beautiful games to share with people the world over.

I digress. Back in early 2000’s I was at University and it was suggested to me because of issues at the time that I changed my BA Hons in Drama to joint with another subject to ease the pressure (Drama is not as easy as it looks, it is an absurd amount of pressure and time consuming…). I looked around at what my University offered as I was about to enter my final year and a lot of courses would be out just purely because of prerequists. Then I found the Creative Writing course. This was a new course and the third year students would be the first to graduate on it. My personal tutor at the time knew I had some sort of creative bone this was because I’d shown her a script for a one act stage play. So, that was my minor as a Joint Honours. In the end, I didn’t complete the degree due to one specific module and other personal issues, but I did get enough credits to get a DipHE in Drama with Creative Writing. Those Creative Writing classes were amazing to me. I could set myself free. At the time, I did consider the fact that I could write as a career but when I finished University, the Recession hit and jobs everywhere were like needles in haystacks – especially for someone with a University Diploma rather than a degree in Journalism or suchlike. The period of time after that is definately another story.

So just over one year ago, why did I chose to start The Gaming Mum Blog? I had what I called itchy fingers. I wanted to write, and although I could finish that novel that is waiting for me to go back to or write some short stories, I had no idea what to do with those. Plus if writers block hit, I really would be back to square one. Plus I wanted to be heard. I didn’t want to write and it be stuck somewhere gathering virtual or physical dust. What’s the point in writing if it is not read? I was watching a lot of Twitch streamers at the time (okay, I still do!) and thinking, well I could do that. Maybe not stream as I’m microphone shy and get anxious, but I can comment on games. And there is a lot of parenting blogs, why not include that in there too? I’m still a parent after all. I’m still a struggling parent who soon has to deal with the first day of school milestone… And The Gaming Mum was born.

A year on, my blog did get neglecting a little (so sorry sweetie!) due to securing full time work. But this is still my home. My space. My opinions. And I love it. The joy I feel after completing a blog post, seeing page views go up and people interacting with me on Twitter who happen to have thousands of followers… it’s amazing. Right now I am in discussions to securing a permanent home complete with my own URL! It’s exciting. I am slowly getting myself more organised, starting with my desk (it was  a pigsty dumping ground) which is now more organised and I’m making it a proper work and game space. I also plan to make more videos and perhaps branch out into more videos on Youtube with audio commentary as well. And I’m trying to get over my fears of streaming (hey, I’m an anxious and nervous person really!) I have plans for where I want to be in a year’s time. If I could make talking about games, consoles, PC Gaming and making associated video content as a full time job I would jump for it. That would be the ideal. I do not want to work in my current industry forever. I want to interview developers, be physically at GamesCon and especially Blizzcon as not just a gamer, but a commentator on games. As a blogger.

So the original question, Why Do I Write? It’s simple. Because I want to. I have something to say. I enjoy it. And most of all, I think everyone who visits my blog or engages with me enjoys my little space on the web. And as long as I have the passion there, this blog will continue and you’ll hopefully continue to see my love for games and my parenting antics as time goes on.

What do you think? Do you blog or write? Perhaps you stream or make Vlogs or other types of Youtube videos? Why do YOU write?

Comment below or on social media, I’d love to hear your answers!

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Overwatch: Taking the world one hero at a time

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The latest game to take the gaming world by storm is Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch.

I have said before that I am really not great at FPS games (especially with a controller!), but I can get some damage done! Overwatch is designed to be easy to just pick up and play. Blizzard has done this quite cleverly so that while great for the experienced FPS players, new or inexperienced players (like me, a total noob!) do not feel like they are at a complete disadvantage and can just join the gaming fun.

I tried the open Beta on PC and Xbox One, and unfortunately my computer really struggled and kept having weird graphic bugs. It just looked like an 8-bit game, so I brought the Origins edition of the game for Xbox One. With tinkering I am pretty sure I could’ve got it to work on PC, but after spending two hours with no joy and very limited time to try it out, I made the decision to try it on Xbox. This review is therefore based on my Xbox experience from launch to time of writing.

Now I have to say, visually the game looks amazing. Personally, I have not had to fiddle with any settings (though the colourblind option was a brilliant idea!), and I have hardly seen any tearing or graphics bugs. The game is absolutely beautiful. Each map and character (Hero) is simply marvellous with detail. You can tell the developers had passion designing each character and map, going to a lot of effort and this can be seen in each part graphically. There are nooks and crannies all over each map with little things that make it seem like the game is in a tangible reality. For example on the Greek Ilios map, I found a swimming pool complete with underwater lighting in one of the buildings. I then got so distracted I got attacked in the back haha!

Aesthetically, the developers have created a beautiful game. The HUD is clean and crisp, giving the maximum view and not getting in the way of the player at all. I do love a clear HUD. The characters, who each have their own background story (you can find these HERE), are all unique and offering multiple different playing styles. There are currently twenty-one heroes at this time (see additional edit below!), with Blizzard saying more are coming soon. Each character is from a variety of different national/ethnic background and one of my favourite things to hear is when they are on an opposing team and suddenly speak their native dialect. Mercy, for example, is of Swiss nationality and when on opposing team using her Ultimate, “Heroes never die!” turns from English into German (I think, my German is bad!). Whoever thought of that deserves a pat on the back.

Gameplay is fun, diverse and easy to pick up. Each hero having different abilities and uses means no game is ever the same. The game is meant to be played with friends, but you can play as a solo queuer. The best way to show this is in the below video where you can see some of my excerpts from games!

Can I just say, Blizzard have done a fantastic job again with the orchestrated soundtrack too. You can hear clearer in the video above but you can find the full soundtrack at all good online places and on youtube. It’s beautiful.

Not only is there Quick Match, but the other game modes include Competitive (I’d advise only doing the placement matches unless you have a full team, Season Two is bringing fixes to make Competitive better), Custom where you can set rules and pick different type of matches with a group of your friends (Widowmaker sniping only is hilarious!), and the Brawl. The Brawl mode changes every week, and currently Blizzard are doing a Rio Olympics salute with new seasonal collectable items (skins, player icons and sprays) in Loot Boxes and the brawl is a 3 v 3 Rocket League-type game using Lucio. It’s fantastic!

Now, Loot boxes. Each time you level up towards 100 (each 100 you then Prestige and begin again), you gain a free Loot Box. Inside there are 4 items that vary from currency for unlocking new skins, player icons, sprays (for painting on doors, floors, windows etc. in matches) emotes, different highlight graphics, voice lines, and currency. Duplicates also award currency which you use to save up for the skin you want for your favourite hero that just won’t drop out of Loot Boxes. This is how I got my Valkyrie skin for Mercy! You can use real money in order to get a bulk of Loot Boxes to unlock more things faster, but you do not have to. Parents, make sure you have to get your kids to ask permission first before they microtransaction as these boxes are addictive!

 

Epic Winston skin

Legendary Winston skin, so lucky!

 

Since starting this blog post, I commented on a couple of subreddits on popular website Reddit in order to find others to play with (some of whom you can see in the video, hi guys and gals!). I was starting to get a little lonely being solo and had a headset  so put my details on the various looking for groups places where Overwatch was the focus. And the difference is insane. Once I got over my headset anxiety, the guys and girls were all friendly and we just have a laugh when we do play together.

So even if you weren’t sure about forking out for the Origins edition, I highly recommend it. This game is still gaining traction and with all the updates (although slow for consoles but that is due to console rules and needing to process the updates) this game is probably going to be Blizzard’s shining star. I think this game is going to be fantastic as professional teams form and tournaments happen. I’m really looking forward to Blizzcon when I’m sure there will be epic games.

If you are on Xbox, feel free to send me an add and say you’re from the blog! I look forward to playing with you! Let me know your comments below (and also like the video on Youtube please!)

Edit: Since starting this blog post, a new support hero was released (free!). Ana is a support sniper with the ability to dot heal and snipe. She’s pretty awesome. So that brings the total to twenty-two heroes!

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E3 2016 – My roundup!

Welcome one and all back to THE GAMING MUM!

Another year comes around, and not only is it my blog’s first birthday (so sorry I neglected you the last few months precious!)  but E3 has just finished! Now I was working through the majority of it (BOOOOOOO!) but I did manage to get a recap thanks to catchup on various media!

Now to be honest, there was very little that got me excited. This makes me sad. After how big last year’s E3 was and how exciting it was, this year fell a little flat. But here’s my big list for you, just like last year!

  • PSVR, PS4
  • Absolver[1]
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • PC, PS4
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PC, PS4
  • Xbox One, PC
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC, PS Vita, PS3
  • Batman Arkham VR
  • PS4
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PSVR
  • Below
  • Xbox One, W10
  • Black the Fall† [1]
  • PC
  • PS4
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare HD
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • 3DS
  • Xbox One, W10
  • PS4, PC
  • PC
  • PS4, Xbox One
  • PS4, PS Vita, PC
  • Days Gone
  • PS4
  • Xbox One
  • Death Stranding
  • PS4
  • PS4
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided† [1]
  • Xbox One PS4, PC
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • PS4, PC
  • 3DS
  • TBA
  • PC, iOS
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PS4, PC
  • PC, PSVR
  • Everest VR
  • HTC Vive
  • Xbox One, PC
  • Wii U, PS4, PS Vita
  • PC
  • PS4, PS Vita
  • TBA
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • PS4
  • PS4, Xbox One
  • Final Fantasy XV VR Experience
  • Android, iOS
  • Xbox One, PS4, PC
  • Xbox One, W10
  • PS4, PC
  • Xbox One, W10
  • PS4, PC
  • God of War
  • PS4
  • Gravity Rush 2†[1]
  • PS4
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PS4, PS3
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • Xbox One, PC
  • PSVR
  • 3DS
  • PC, PS4
  • PSVR
  • Hitman† [1]
  • PS4, PC, Xbox One
  • PS4
  • PSVR
  • I Am Setsuna† [1]
  • PS4, PC
  • Injustice 2 [1]
  • TBA
  • Xbox One, PC
  • Just Cause 3† [1]
  • PS4, PC, Xbox One
  • Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo NX
  • Xbox One, W10
  • PS4, PC
  • PS4
  • PS4
  • The Last Guardian
  • PS4
  • Lawbreakers
  • PC
  • PS4
  • PS3, PS Vita
  • Wii U, Nintendo NX
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • TBA
  • PC, PS4
  • PS4, Xbox One
  • PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • PS4, PC
  • PS, PS4
  • Xbox One, PS4, PC
  • 3DS
  • PS4, PC
  • Xbox One, PS4, PC
  • Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord
  • PC
  • Xbox One, PS4
  • PC, PS4
  • PS4
  • PS4, PS3
  • PC
  • PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • PSVR
  • 3DS
  • PS4, PC
  • PC – HTC Vive
  • ReCore
  • Xbox One, PC
  • Resident Evil 7
  • PS4
  • PSVR
  • 3DS
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox One, W10
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Wii U, PS4, PS Vita
  • PS Vita
  • Skylanders Imaginators
  • Xbox One, PS4
  • Slime Rancher
  • Xbox One, PC
  • 3DS
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Spider-Man PS4
  • PS4, TBA
  • Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness† [1]
  • PS4, PS3
  • Oculus Rift, HTC Vive
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission
  • PS4VR
  • Xbox One, PC
  • PSVR
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • 3DS
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PSVR
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Xbox One, PC
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • The Turing Test† [1]
  • Xbox One, PC
  • Xbox One, PS4, PC
  • PC, Xbox One, PS4
  • PS4, PC
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Wii U
  • PS4
  • PS4
  • Xbox One, PS4, PC
  • Xbox One, PC, PS4
  • Volume: Coda
  • PSVR
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PSVR
  • PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • PS4
  • PC, PS4
  • PS4, PS3
  • PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Yooka Laylee [1]
  • Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, PC
  • PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, PC

Thanks to IGN for this list as quite frankly with all the VR content I was getting confused haha!

So what were my favourites?

God of War!

Like I actually squealed when this was revealed. The God of War franchise has a special place in my heart as it was the first games I played with Hubby when I met him. I’d help by looking up walkthroughs if he got stuck. So to see a new game in the franchise made me so happy! And what’s more, it looks amazing. The graphics are sharp and clear, the detail is beautiful. It looks like there is going to be an amazing story behind it all. I am so excited and when I get my hands on it, I will probably be streaming it so everyone can watch my epic fails! Because I am so gonna be awful haha!

 

Attack on Titan!

Now I love the anime Attack on Titan  and was waiting for a game to come out. Now it looks good, but I do think it looks a little unfinished in places for something releasing this August. But maybe that’s because of all the different directions the game developers have to think about. I am still excited though!

 

Sid Meirs Civilization VI!

I love Civ 5. I have way too many hours in it. So of course this news makes me happy!

 

Destiny: Rise of Iron

Destiny, ah I love you! Bring on the expansion. I’m looking forward to exploring the new zone, it looks really cool.

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Again, another franchise I love. The last game came out while I was pregnant and many a sleepless night I helped Hubby figure out the next thing to do. Definately getting this one, it looks phenominal.

 

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

 

The remaster becomes absolutely beautiful. The graphics are simply amazing. Could it look any better than this one? Looking forward to playing this one too!

 

Final Fantasy XV

Can you tell I love the FF series? Even though I came into it late, this looks really different. It looks like a good mixture of open world and not. I have downloaded the demo on XBox so will see how I like it!

 

Horizon: Zero Dawn

You may remember this one from last year, and it’s one of a few that got another appearance at E3. This still looks damn amazeballs. I know what I want for my birthday!

 

The Last Guardian!

Bring on the fluffy feels! Again premiered last year, I’m still excited for this. And even better, it comes out this year in October! Yay!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Now I haven’t got a Nintendo recent console (yeah I know!) But I will be getting one. Why? Because of this game. I think it’ll be a fantastic game for Miss to jump into and she will love running around pressing buttons!

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda

 

Now we won’t talk about THAT ending, but this does look good. It also looks like there may be some Destiny infulences so we’ll have to stay tuned for more news on this one! But looking pretty good!

 

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

A Western version of this game has been long awaited. And it releases tomorrow! I may have to find my HDMI for my PS4 now…

 

WatchDogs 2

There is graphics popping in on the video which bugs me but gameplay! I’m really looking forward to this, so far it looks fantastic.

And that’s my list! It’s rather long so if you made it this far, thank you! There were so many others but these are the ones that stick out for me. As I hear more about these games or get my hands on them, I’ll post reviews and news! (I’ve just realised there is so many exclamation points in this post but excitement!) 

Happy birthday to The Gaming Mum and let’s stick around for another year for all the fun stuff! Thanks to all my followers and readers, without you this blog is just a pile of words.

 

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The Xbox One – My review

I am sorry my hiatus has been so long, but things have been difficult to juggle recently with the holidays in between too! I am making sure time is allocated each week now in my blog as I’m loving doing this blog for all of you and appreciate the support.

Onto my post!

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(c)The Gaming Mum blog 2016

 

A few months ago, just before Fallout 4 and Halo 5 came out, my Hubby finally caved and bought an Xbox. For a while, it wasn’t used too much until we started to build up  game library of games (games coming out around November plus Christmas sales? = Big dent in my and Hubby’s wallet!). Now I feel like I’m qualified to tell all you lovely readers what I think of the Xbox One.

The Controller

I wanted to start with this first as for many gamers (myself included) the controller is so important. It needs to look good and feel good in your hand. Especially if you are going to be sat playing Halo multiplayer for six hours straight. It is bulky. I have quite small hands and although I can reach all the buttons etc, it still feels big and bulky in my hands. However, Hubby finds it perfect so I think most of this is down to how big your hands are! It is rather heavy though but it is responsive, and you definitely want that as you aim for headshots.

The Console Itself

I will come on to the OS in a moment but the console itself looks amazing. The one thing I loved since they announced the new console was its design. Sleek, sophisticated and no nonsense. It fits in my home perfectly and looks great in its place in the TV Unit.

Xbox Dashboard

Now as many of you are aware, the dashboard is no longer what it was when we originally bought the Xbox. Microsoft realized no one liked the old UI in its clunky and slow nature and instead gave us 2.0. It is sleeker, easier to find things, and the snap app (usually) works well finally. I cannot comment on it being connected up to TV services such as Sky because ours is not connected at the present time. Sometimes I find the apps lagging behind (“Twitch has taken too long to load…”), but I am wondering if that’s just because we need to hurry up and finish some games on there as the only downsize is the size of the Hard Drive.

Slight con: The Hard Drive

Responsive but mentioned previously, the hard drive is not big enough for a vast library at a time. You have to download/install games onto the hard drive to play them which in some cases can be over 20GB (Fallout 4 I’m looking at you!). That is a lot of space. You can get one terrabyte versions which would be better but I’m just looking at the 500GB and in all honesty, the Xbox should have had a terrabyte as standard but that’s more a clever marketing ploy.  

 

All in all, I love the Xbox One. Do I have a preference as to which console is my favourite of the current generation? Well, both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 have pros and cons. I certainly feel the Playstation Store is easier to negotiate on the console than Xbox’s one. And I find the dashboard better and games look better as a whole on the Playstation. But the Xbox feels somewhat smoother sometimes. And a big plus for me is that you can watch Heroes of the Storm games or any PC game being streamed through Xbox’s Twitch app. If the Xbox had the ability to use Spotify on it, it probably would be my favourite though. I am playing Destiny on it, and the integration with the snapping of apps (now it’s fixed!) is better than going back to the dashboard on Playstation.

So basically, can I choose one or the other? No. Both consoles are both similar and different. Perhaps in a few months I should come back to my review and see if I have a different opinion.
What do you think? Are you Xbox or Playstation? What do you prefer and like about it? Comment or Tweet me, I’d love to know!

 

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