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Microsoft marketed the device as an "all-in-one entertainment system".

The Xbox One line mainly competes against consoles such as Sony's Play Station 4 and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch.

In response to these pre-launch changes and a belief that Microsoft's decisions for the systems were in poor judgement, journalists and consumers jokingly gave Xbox One nicknames such as "Xbox 180", in reference to the Xbox 360 and Microsoft's decision to reverse its controversial decisions, and "Xbone", suggesting that the company was "throwing a bone" to consumers by making these changes.

In 2015, four members of an international hacking group pleaded guilty to gaining unauthorized access to Microsoft's computer network and obtaining sensitive information relating to Xbox One and Xbox Live.

These changes required the family sharing features, along with the ability to play games without their disc after installation, to be dropped.

Mattrick, who had been a leader in Xbox One development, announced his departure from Microsoft on July 1, 2013, to become CEO of Zynga.

Leaked design documents also suggested that Microsoft was seeking to eliminate the ability to play used games, though Microsoft later clarified it was still reviewing the design and were "thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect", but did not comment on the validity of the information.Its original user interface was panned for being nonintuitive, although changes made to it and other aspects of the console's software post-launch received positive reception.Its Kinect received praise for its improved motion-tracking accuracy, its face recognition logins, and its voice commands.It was first released in North America, parts of Europe, Australia, and Brazil in November 2013, and in Japan, China, and other European countries in September 2014.It is the first Xbox game console to be released in China, specifically in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone.

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