Gadget junkies love a new machine. The Xbox One is fun to mess around with, whether you’re experimenting with the voice and motion controls of its Kinect camera or using such apps as YouTube and Netflix to feed Internet video to your big-screen TV.
But most early buyers will want to know what games they can play. The Xbox One launches with 22 games you can buy online and download. You can also buy 18 of them — the good ones — the old-fashioned way, on disc. The Xbox One itself went on sale in North America and Europe on Friday for $500.
The standouts are high-definition versions of games that have already been available on Microsoft’s previous console, the Xbox 360. They include Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” Activision’s “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” Electronic Arts’ “Need for Speed Rivals” and 2K Sports’ “NBA 2K14.” All of those are also available on Sony’s competing new console, the PlayStation 4.