Xbox One's Last Secrets Spilled as Gamers Begin Receiving Pre-Orders Early

By Gerald Lynch on at

A shipping cock-up at US retailer Target has seen a handful of lucky gamers get their hands on Microsoft's Xbox One console way ahead of its official November 22nd launch date. And, naturally, they've spilled the last remaining secrets of the console all over the web for us all to dissect.

Twitter user @moonlightswami has been the most loose-lipped of all early Xbox One owners, revealing plenty of previously unknown details about the console.

According to the nocturnal yogi, the console boots up from off in 17 seconds -- a fairly lengthy boot up time in this SSD age but, considering the console has been designed with a low power draw in mind and to be left on at all times, that may not be too big a deal. Upon first powering up the machine, a 500MB patch download is required, assumed to be in part needed to reverse Microsoft's controversial early Xbox One policies.

Potentially more of a problem is the game download sizes. Ranging from 8GB for FIFA 14 to a gigantic 43GB for NBA 2K14, game installs and digital downloads on the console may cause the 500GB hard drive capacity to fill up fast. Thankfully, a large download can be played once the game has hit 50 per cent of its total download size, so gamers can get playing sooner rather than later.

Though Kinect has many detractors, the early reports on the sensor's voice recognition systems seem overwhelmingly positive, with @moonlightswami reporting that he was able to have a Skype-calling pal control the Kinect, so capable was its microphone.

Less impressive were the console's DVR features, which were described as merely "alright". Game capture video quality didn't appear very high, and @moonlightswami's postings to YouTube (which have since been pulled) caused Microsoft to bring the ban hammer down on the prematurely released machine. Microsoft claim that's because features are still being refined in the run up to launch, which may or may not mean that DVR features could still be in line for a quality boost before the shelf date hits. [Engadget]