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Xbox One: a great choice for the holidays

Christmas, Christmas is here. Time for toys and time for applause! Yes, that is correct! It’s only a month until Christmas. It’s November and we’re starting the countdown until we all get the big (or not-so-great) gifts we’ve been waiting for all year. Hot on this list are game consoles.

Given that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo all have next-gen gaming consoles on the market, not to mention the myriad of twisted and flexible new laptops and other gadgets, what is the best gaming platform?

I’ve always been a PlayStation man, however I briefly owned an Xbox 360 before the red ring of death got it. Then about 6 months ago my PS3 blew up. What could a player do? I did a lot of research. I found out that the GPU, the unit that powers the graphics behind the 2 machines, PS4 and Xbox One, were created by my favorite CPU / GPU creator, AMD. When AMD makes a chipset, you know it’s built right. So that didn’t help me much in deciding.

The PlayStation 4 (PS4) has faster and higher grade RAM as it uses DDR5 and the Xbox One still uses standard DDR4. So, I was hopping around a bit to get my hands on the PS4. However, I’m glad I didn’t.

I found a great bundle that had the Xbox One console, the Kinect camera, and a $ 60 game for laughs. This package cost me $ 450 at Walmart and that was not during a sale like Black Friday. That was the price of the daily package at the time. Heck, without the game that system was $ 499. By the way, only Titanfall was worth buying the Xbox One when I did.

For starters, what you can’t learn from the box that the Xbox One comes with is that the Xbox One is designed to use the cloud created by Microsoft called Azure. By being able to use this cloud (many, many different server systems connected to each other), the Xbox One can harness the power of the servers it is connected to, giving the console the ability to be 4 times stronger than the hardware included in this console. This was the icing on the cake for me.

Add in that the Xbox One has an HDMI output and an HDMI input so you can connect your HD cable box to this console, so you can control what you watch on TV through voice commands and hand gestures, this console gets more exciting! With a host of Xbox One apps now on the market for free, yes, free, as of a couple of months ago you no longer have to pay for a Gold Live account as you can now use the apps and play the games! FREE online games!

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