The 12 Best Games For The Xbox One

You're heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. (Land the plane, first, of course.) Or you're at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you're suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armor and trying to remember which … » 4/17/14 5:38pm Thursday 5:38pm

The Xbox One Is Turning Your Phone Into the Only Remote You Need

If you have cable, the Xbox One's TV-controlling powers are a great feature; having a list of just the channels you watch is how all cable-surfing should be. But if you have cable, you probably also have a DVR, and the Xbox One has been useless at controlling it. Until now. » 4/01/14 11:00am 4/01/14 11:00am

​The Xbox One's Media Remote Is Surprisingly Great

The Xbox One wasn't supposed to need a remote control. That was the whole point, right? With its high-tech Kinect camera, we could just talk to it and tell it what to do. Remote controls were a thing of the past, a finally bygone relic of the 20th century! Except, well, not really. » 3/24/14 5:47pm 3/24/14 5:47pm

Best For Music: PS4 or Xbox One?

Let's get one thing out of the way: Nobody buys a gaming console for music. Yes, modern consoles increasingly run all kinds of non-game apps — especially the entertainment kind — as the manufacturers of just about every type of consumer electronics aim to be the primary interface between people and their favorites 1s… » 11/29/13 4:00pm 11/29/13 4:00pm

A Handy List of All the Ways to Shout and Wave at Xbox One

One of the coolest/creepiest features of the Xbox One is its ability to obey your spoken and flailed commands. But which speaks and flails will it understand, and which will be met with a blank Kinect stare? Don't spend all Thanksgiving weekend trying to figure it out; just consult this handy chart from Microsoft's own … » 11/26/13 2:49pm 11/26/13 2:49pm

What the Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U Tell Us About the Future of Consoles

Most pieces of technology—like smartphones, TVs, and even computers—are replaced by new models every six or twelve months. Game consoles, on the other hand, are meant to last for at least five years. Which means that every generation is a true milestone of UI, gaming, and industrial design. So what does the latest crop … » 11/26/13 12:00pm 11/26/13 12:00pm

The Xbox One's Real Magic Is Using Voice Commands to Control You

The Xbox One boasts a lengthy feature list that Microsoft hopes will entice gamers over to its side of the console war for the next few years. But as The Onion points out, none are as impressive as the next-gen console's innovative voice commands that make it easier than ever for the hardware to control its users. » 11/22/13 1:00pm 11/22/13 1:00pm

You Know What? I'm Getting a Wii U

In this corner, the Xbox One, with its (mostly) all-knowing Kinect. In the opposite, the PS4, with hardcore gamer cred to spare. If you listen to most pundits—including us!—that's the full reckoning of the battle for your console dollars. Me? I'm buying a Wii U. And maybe you should, too. » 11/22/13 12:05pm 11/22/13 12:05pm

An Xbox One Plugged Into Itself Looks Like Art

We've seen an Xbox One playing through another Xbox One. And an Xbox 360 through an Xbox One through an Xbox One. Also a Wii U through an Xbox One and, sure, a PS4 through an Xbox One. But what if you plug one Xbox One into itself? Because it's certainly possible. And the results are kind of beautiful. » 11/20/13 12:39pm 11/20/13 12:39pm