The XBOX One is the attest gaming console from Microsoft, company and chock full of special features. Granted, the XBOX One is not winning all the popularity contests, but there are some important reasons it is still a strong contestant. Many gamers may be new to the scene and not fully aware of all the advantages of this impressive gaming console. You can pick up some great deals on second hand consoles at Surplus Net.
Just in case this is your situation, here are some of the important things to be aware of to take full advantage of your gaming system.
Plug It In!
While it seems to be all fun and games, the XBOX is essentially a Microsoft computer with special specs a lot like a PC. One of the most prominent is its array of USB 3.0 ports. These can be used to add all kinds of accessories to your device. One good reason to do this will be to use an external hard drive to increase your storage capacity. The operating system itself makes it very easy to add external storage units and increased storage to your device.
And, there are more useful components you can connect to your XBOX. For example, you can connect a webcam to your USB and stream with programs like Skype and Mixer. This terrific new addition will allow you to voice chat connect with your fellow gamers and even stream your live gaming to your loyal fans.
Another addition that not too many people are fully aware of is the TV tuner. If your TV doesn’t have a coaxial connection, your XBOX can handle this task. A simple Hauppauge USB tuner will work just fine. This is a good option for those who would like to watch their favorite sporting events on the big broadcast channels. This way you have all the controls to your entertainment in a single source. With XBOX, you can even pause live TV so that you can answer the door and still not miss a single moment.
Record and Share
Your XBOX One also gives you the chance to capture in high definition your greatest moments of action and share these exploits with your friends and family. When we say high-definition, we mean nothing less than full 4K. Other XBOX consoles work in HD, which is nice, but nothing close to 4K. Best of all this is a very simple thing to do. Just hit the XBOX button and press X. The last 30 seconds of gameplay will be recorded.
You can make a continuous stream of recorded footage by pressing the XBOX button and then selecting the menu button, the one identified by three parallel lines. Just press start recording and you’re rolling. If you have sufficient space or an external storage unit, you can record clips up to a full hour long.
If you have a headset or microphone connected to your controller, you can simply command Cortana to “capture that” and your recorded content will be ready momentarily.
Play 4K Content
Not all consoles have this 4K capacity. If you have the XBOX One S or the XBOX One X, you have access to a number of sources of 4K HDR content. Both of the latest XBOX types have HDMI 2.0 ports that you must for output higher than 1080p. You can even enjoy streaming movies and video content from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube in 4k, but only on the XBOX One X. But, both X and S XBOX owners will be able to view 4K content from Blu-ray drives.
There is another option that the XBOX One has that allows you to gain a bit more versatility from your console. If you have a Bluetooth or USB cable set up, you can use your XBOX controls with any windows PC. There are also adapters that allow for the use of wireless XBOX controls. You can find these available from the Microsoft manufacturers. And another useful feature is that the controllers all carry a standard headphone jack so you can play at any time without bothering anyone.
Only a Stream Away
If you have a computer with Windows 10, you can stream from the Xbox to your computer using the right app. Of course, this can only be done to a computer already on your home network. So, you could stream from your living room XBOX to the laptop in your bedroom, for example. You can also have a XBOX that is not hooked up to any TV or Monitor but simply streams to a PC. This is where the capacity to connect your controllers to your PC is imperative.