The futuristic Xbox One lets you change channels with your voice, log in to your account with nothing more than your face, and instantly flip between gaming and live TV, but Microsoft's wunderbox can't stream Netflix without a $60-per-year Xbox Live Gold subscription.
It's a surprising restriction when nearly every other device, from the $35 Chromecast to the $400 PlayStation 4 to a $2,000 TV, doesn't charge for access to Netflix's streaming service -- a service that already carries its own $8 monthly fee.
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Unhappy with your battery-sucking iPhone 5S or your overheating Samsung Galaxy S4? You're not alone.
Battery life and overheating issues were just two of the problems cited by users of four of today's top smartphones in a new report from tech Q&A site FixYa.
Released on Tuesday, FixYa's Black Friday Smartphone Report revealed the top gripes among its site users about the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Moto X. The report bears the Black Friday name as FixYa has aimed it at consumers who plan to shop for a new smartphone the day … Read more
It's a thin line between profit and loss: the retail price of the Xbox One is just $28 higher than the cost of parts and manufacturing, leaving Microsoft with little to take home.
The cost to build an Xbox One is $90 more than the $381 Sony spends on its PlayStation 4, which costs consumers $399. That leaves Sony with an $18 profit on each unit.
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Those holding out for a cheaper next-gen console come next year may need to reconsider their timeline for taking the plunge.
This month's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches have given Sony and Microsoft a definitive and reassuring answer to the demand question mark looming over high-end living room gaming. That means that unless one starts to aggressively undercut the other, we aren't likely to see our options decrease in price until well into the devices' life cycles.
"You would certainly cut the price of hardware because there is a demand issue," said Colin Sebastian, an … Read more
If you're one of the unlucky few whose Xbox One responds to a game disc by replicating the sound of a garbage disposal, than you can take solace in a free launch title.
Microsoft is offering a digital download of Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse, Zoo Tycoon, or Dead Rising to any Xbox One owner who reports the issue -- allegedly affecting a very small subset of devices -- to customer support and then goes through the Xbox One advance exchange program, Polygon reported Monday evening. That program allows any user who is legitimately affected by the hardware issue to … Read more
Voice commands are a large part of what makes the Xbox One unique, the other, of course, being its deep TV integration. Both of these features utilize the new Kinect sensor, which Microsoft bundled with the Xbox One; a decision that resulted in a $100 premium over the PlayStation 4.
In addition to supporting facial recognition and gestures, the accessory can be used to navigate the console's user interface, open games and apps, and even control your TV, cable box, and home theater system using only your voice.
Here's how you can set up the Xbox One as … Read more
The prepaid Android phones come in at less on Metro's network; $99 for the Fierce (versus a $149 introductory price at T-Mobile) and $59 for the Evolve (versus $79 withT-Mo.)
To recap, the Fierce runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5-megapixel camera, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Meanwhile, the lower-end Evolve features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 4-inch display, a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera, and … Read more
HTC is apparently getting into the gold-colored game with a new One smartphone.
Finland-based retailer Gigantti on Monday started selling a gold-colored HTC One, featuring a 4.7-inch display and 1.7GHz quad-core processor. The handset comes with the same design as previous HTC One models, but boasts the long-rumored gold finish. HTC already sells versions in silver, black, blue, and red.
Rumors surfaced in September that HTC was considering launching a gold-colored smartphone. The company has remained tight-lipped on those plans and has yet to even confirm the golden HTC One's existence. Whether the Gigantti listing is a … Read more
If you hear a grinding noise when you insert a disc into your new Xbox One, you're not alone.
Following the launch of the new console on Friday, more Xbox One owners are reporting that their disc drives are malfunctioning. The problem? Inserting a disc into the drive triggers a grinding or clicking noise, with the unit unable to read the disc.
Some early buyers had already posted comments and YouTube videos late last week detailing the glitch. But with 1 million Xbox One consoles sold during the first 24 hours, the problem has spread, triggering a response from … Read more