Major Nelson XB1 Unboxing

Although Microsoft’s next-generation contender is launching a few months from now, the Redmond-based gaming giant has taken the opportunity to unveil the contents of the system’s retail box in an official unboxing of the Xbox One Day One edition.

Microsoft has been busy touting the Xbox One’s digital capabilities in the last few months; features like the console’s impressive cloud network (which supposedly provides “limitless” HDD space), the announcement that gamers will be able to self-publish their own indie games, and the recent update that reveals the boost in GPU clock speeds have all been major revelations that Microsoft has underlined in their next-gen campaign.

In the unboxing footage, Larry Hryb (a.k.a. Major Nelson) takes the stage, delving into the myriad of included peripherals and accessories that comprise the Xbox One as a whole. Below we’ve compiled a list of what gamers will find right out of the box, and have also included the original unboxing footage that can be found at the bottom of the page:

  • Kinect 2.0 sensor
  • Mono chat wired headset
  • Wireless controller
  • 4K-ready HDMI cable
  • Various paperwork, including Xbox One user manual, sticker (Day One purchasers will find their digital exclusive here)
  • Power adapter (power cord + power brick, similar to the Xbox 360’s current power solution)
  • Xbox One console (click here for an extensive listing of the console’s specs)
The Xbox One's backside has an array of ports, each of which are detailed in the unboxing. From left to right: power slot, HDMI out (to TV), S/PDIF out, HDMI in (from SAT/Cable), 2x USB 3.0 ports, Kinect 2.0 slot, IR out port, gigabit  ethernet port, and finally a Kensington security lock.

The Xbox One’s backside has an array of ports, each of which are detailed in the unboxing. From left to right: power slot, HDMI out (to TV), S/PDIF out, HDMI in (from SAT/Cable), 2x USB 3.0 ports, Kinect 2.0 slot, IR out port, gigabit ethernet port, and finally a Kensington security lock.

Major Nelson gives a rundown of each component starting first with the Xbox One console itself. Hryb continues by ticking off various hardware specs–like the well-known 8-core x86 architecture, 500GB HDD and onboard WiFi connectivity–and detailing the function and location of each of the Xbox One’s array of ports including HDMI-in/out, USB 3.0 ports, S/PDIF (Optical Audio) out, etc.

We then get a small sampling of the other additions as Major Nelson handles the controller, counting off the new improvements and features like the impulse triggers and the re-vamped D-Pad.

The Xbox One can be powered on via the console's wireless controller or by pressing the sleek silver logo on the system's face.

The Xbox One can be powered on via the console’s wireless controller or by pressing the sleek silver logo on the system’s face.

Interestingly enough Hryb has nothing to say about the Kinect 2.0 sensor, instead lightly touching upon the wired headset and showcasing the console’s on/off switch which is activated by pressing the silver Xbox One logo etched on the right-hand side of the system’s face.

As for the headset, Major Nelson has introduced a new snapshot gallery that showcases the Xbox One’s bundled headset. Overall the headset is visually appealing and looks to be an upgrade to the original X360 headset in terms of style and form factor, but it looks flimsy and its cord doesn’t appear to be of high quality–which isn’t necessarily surprising.

Rather than having volume sliders, the bundled headset has volume and mute buttons that are integrated where the headset plugs in at the bottom of the controller. This new design looks like a great improvement, and overall the headset looks incredibly lightweight–however it would be interesting to see the audio limitations of the mic and mono-headphone.

The unboxing doesn’t really reveal any new features but instead gives us a nice up-close view of the items included in the bundle, namely the headset.

It’s interesting to see the system’s power brick, which in functionality is much like the Xbox 360’s (although it has a nice sleek rectangular prism look). Also the Kinect 2.0 appears to have a long-ish cord which is nice, especially for gamers who are planning on using their Xbox One’s as the center of an entertainment system.

In any case, Major Nelson will be in tow with Microsoft during the premiere European games show Gamescom later this month, and we’ll likely see more features and newly announced Xbox One exclusives during the event.

The Xbox One has a scheduled release window of November 2013 for a price point of $499. For more information or to pre-order your console today be sure to head on over to the console’s official website.