The next generation of video game consoles is officially here! Nintendo’s Wii U hit early last year and the last two weeks saw Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One released to outstanding success as well, each selling over a million units in their respective first day. Both new platforms launched with over 20 titles (complete guide to all PS4/Xbox One launch titles here), and a few high profile exclusives each, with publishers and select retailers happily supporting the transition period by letting players upgrade current-gen versions of hit games like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and various sports titles.
Our PlayStation 4 review went up last week and we’ve been able to review its key exclusives and while the Xbox One is now on store shelves, we unfortunately weren’t given an opportunity to access the hardware and launch games early alongside other publications and therefore weren’t able to meet any of the embargo dates on hardware or console reviews.
We strive our best to give the most in-depth, informative and fair reviews on hardware and games, and it is our policy not to review games until we play them thoroughly. In the case of story-based titles and games with single player campaigns, we must complete them to fairly analyze and discuss.
At this point in time, we haven’t been granted media access to a console or first-party Xbox One launch games but our team has gone out to purchase them and several consoles. Pushing our reviews back even further, one of the systems we purchased during the midnight launch festivities in Canada would not function due to what we think is an HDMI issue so we had to replace it yesterday. A second we pre-ordered online in the U.S. had a broken disc drive and we’re expecting a replacement soon from Amazon.
There are other reports of Xbox One hardware issues and Microsoft has released an official statement. We don’t know the number or percentage of problematic systems but like the PS4 launch and its hardware issues, we expect it to be low. We just have bad luck!
Needless to say, we’re doing our best to get reviews up so we can share our thoughts on the latest and greatest with our readers but it may be a little while. Your patience, and kind emails and comments have been awesome! Thanks for the support and we apologize for not being able to help inform interested parties and potential buyers on day one. Stick around and we’ll have some game reviews going up beginning Monday.
[Update: Our team went hardcore over the weekend and finished some Xbox One reviews – see below]
- Killer Instinct Review (by Riley)
- Dead Rising 3 Review (by Ryan)
- Forza Motorsport 4 Review (by Andrew)
- Zoo Tycoon Review (by John)
- Madden NFL 25 Review (by Anthony)
- FIFA 14 Review (by Anthony)
In the meantime, if you’re playing Xbox One, tell us your thoughts on the system and about what games you’re playing! We want to hear from you!