Warning: long post ahead. Hehe.
Got my XBOX One today after having my PS4 since launch. After spending a few hours with it, I'm digging the UI more than what the PS4 offers. Everything is laid out in a logical way, making navigation easy. At first I didn't understand the idea behind the Snap feature, but now that I do, I realize the power behind the use of it and see myself using it quite a bit while gaming if I need to look something up and check out an achievement I just got. It can be a bit daunting at first glance with all the pins and crap you don't want, but it's leaps ahead of how Sony has things laid out. I have yet to encounter an error, freezing, etc. I have to deal with that more than I care to admit with the PS4.
A few things kind of make me scratch my head, though. My main gripe relates to game installs from discs and updates. I wish it would tell me when the game was done installing from the disc and the update has been downloaded/applied. I'm finnicky about turning things off when something is still installing from a disc (call me paranoid). Luckily it seems to install even with the system is in Standby, but Sunset Overdrive refused to install at all unless I left the system on. I don't think I'm doing anything wrong, but as a guy, I didn't read the manual (actually, that's a rarity. I read the manual for EVERYTHING I get).
Also, unless I'm missing it, there is no way to eject discs other than pressing the physical button on the console itself. I much enjoy the easiness of bringing up a menu and ejecting the disc that way. I'm OCD about fingerprints, so when I couldn't figure out how to do it, my brain hemorrhaged for a second. It's not a huge deal breaker, but since I'm checking out all the games I bought, my body can sense the fingerprint smudges building up. Haha.
It also took me some time to figure out how to use the Game DVR and screenshot function (I got the bundle WITHOUT Kinect 2.0). It's easy enough once I figured it out, but I'd rather have a button on the controller like the DS4. Maybe a future update will allow that, as I haven't run into a game yet that uses what looks like the "gallery" button (forgive me, I don't know the technical name for it).
For games, I have AC Unity, Minecraft, Ryse, Halo MCC and Sunset Overdrive, along with Rayman Legends and IDARB. I'm actually surprised with how good everything looks. I remember playing AC Unity a bit on the PS4 and thought it looked like a jaggy-fest, on the One, not so much. Maybe it's placebo, but the game looks cleaner. Still performs as poorly as I remember, but I can't argue with free. Ryse is the only game I haven't tried yet, but I'm going to check it out in a bit before bed.
Honestly, I was looking for a reason to regret my purchase, and I just can't find a reason NOT to like the XBOX One. So far, it hasn't impregnated any of my pets (probably because I don't have any), I actually don't mind the 1980's VCR look and it's nice reconnecting with friends that I haven't talked to in over a year.. Part of it is likely due to me simply having more options now than I did before. I'll likely still buy the multiplatforms that I want on the PS4 barring some huge graphical mishaps ( I still don't understand why a lot of games use trilinear filtering on the PS4 vs. anisotropic filtering). I'm glad I waited as long as I did so Microsoft can work out the major bugs, and I like their proactive approach to adding features.
Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to post my impressions coming from the Dark Side. Feel free to send me a friend request. Gamertag is BiffCo.
PSN ID/XBOX Live! Gamertag: BiffCo