How to watch Haye vs Bellew

How to watch Haye vs Bellew

It’s being billed as a big fight, but for once it might just live up to the hype. Former heavyweight champion of the world David Haye will step into the ring to take on compatriot Tony Bellew. The build up has been less than friendly. Here’s how to watch.

Here’s how to watch the Haye vs Bellew fight on TV and online in the UK or abroad


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How to watch Haye vs Bellew: When is Haye vs Bellew?

The grudge match will take place on Saturday 4 March at the O2 in London.

Haye, now out of retirement, will take on current WBC crusierwight champ Bellew who recently starred in Rocky spinoff Creed.

The pair will enter the ring around 10:30pm GMT, with the fight to start shortly after.

How to watch Haye vs Bellew: What channel is Haye vs Bellew on?

The Haye Bellew fight will be shown exclusively Sky Sports Box Office. This is a pay per view option that is available to you even if you aren’t a Sky customer.

For those who have Sky, you can pay to view the match straight from your Sky Box.

How to watch Haye vs Bellew if you’re a Sky customer

Up until midnight on 3 March the fight will cost a one-off payment of £16.95 for UK customers. Prices vary for the rest of the world up to £21.95.

To buy the match simply press box office on your Sky TV or Sky Q Box, then select sports and event. Your payment information will be saved, so you just type your Sky PIN to buy. Easy!

Full details on how to book can be found here on Sky’s website

How to watch Haye vs Bellew if you don’t have Sky

You can still stream the fight online if you don’t have Sky TV. All you need to do is visit https://skyboxoffice.neulion.com/ and click Buy Event.

You can watch it from that same website, through the Sky Sports Box office app on phone or tablet or you can stream it on your NOW TV box, if you have one.

How to watch Haye vs Bellew using a VPN outside the UK

If you are outside the UK and want to watch the fight on a UK Sky service, you can do so using a VPN (virtual private network). A VPN is a simple way to set your browser to a specific geographic location, thus being able to access geographically restricted content.

At the moment, you can get a great deal with Nord VPN. A 2 year subscription will cost you $79 USD. That’s not a lot to pay for a service that will also improve your online security.

Click here to view the 2 year VPN deal.

If you want to learn more, here’s our guide to VPNs

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How to identify and resolve double-NAT problems

The digital world is all about IP (internet protocol) addresses. Every device needs an IP in order to communicate on the internet or within a private network. Given there’s not enough public IP addresses out there for every internet-connected device (at least with IPv4), this little thing called NAT becomes extremely important. It stands for network address translation (NAT) and is a function provided by routers to enable multiple devices to access the internet via a single public IP address.

Behind each public IP, there can be hundreds of devices with their own private IP addresses, thanks to NAT. And almost all equipment that provides the NAT function includes a firewall to protect the private IPs and devices from public IPs and devices on the internet. Other network services are also typically offered, like DHCP (dynamic host control protocol) to give out the private IP addresses to devices that connect to the local network.

How double NAT happens

Having more than one device performing NAT on a private network, however, can cause issues with that network. Some users may never notice, making it a non-issue for them. But others can run into headaches with certain applications, services, and situations. So, it’s always a good idea to eliminate double NAT if you have it.

Having more than one NAT device usually happens when you connect your own router to a gateway installed by your internet service provider (ISP) that also includes the NAT and routing functions. Some ISPs install only a simple modem that lacks the NAT and routing, which eliminates the problem altogether. But most ISPs assume you don’t their customers have routers, however, so they’ll provide you with a combo device whether you want it or not.

If you’re unsure what the ISP has given you, take a look at the box. If there’s only one Ethernet port, it’s likely a simple modem (aka a broadband gateway). But if there’s multiple Ethernet ports or if it supports Wi-Fi connections, it’s likely performing NAT and routing as well.

The problems double NAT can cause

When there’s double NAT on your network, you might run into issues with services that require UPnP (Universal Plug-and-Play) support or manual port forwarding. This would include online gaming on computers or consoles, remote desktop into your computers, connecting to a VPN server, or accessing security camera feeds. Services like these sometimes require certain ports to be opened in the router’s firewall and directed to a particular computer or device on the network.

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This screenshot shows how I’ve configured my router for port forwarding, so that I can use remote SSH (Secure Shell) on a server on my local network. I can’t do that if my gateway is also performing NAT (network address translation).

The problem with double NAT is that if the first router on your network doesn’t have the port forwards configured, incoming traffic will stop there even if you have the port forwards configured on the second router. Or even if the first router has the port forwards, it can’t forward the traffic to a device that’s connected to the second router. It might only forward traffic to computers and devices directly connected to that first router, which could be either a wireless or wired connection.

Double NAT can also complicate any manual or automatic quality-of-service (QoS) controls that prioritize traffic on your internal network to ensure lag-sensitive traffic (gaming, voice, or video) is given higher priority than data associated with file transers. This is especially the case if you have devices connected to both routers, both of which have different QoS controls.

ASRock Z270 SuperCarrier 4-Way SLI ATX Motherboard Review

With 5 Gb/s Ethernet, dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, triple M.2, and even 10 SATA ports, is ASRock’s fully-loaded SuperCarrier the ultimate value in Kaby Lake compatible motherboards?

We recently marveled at how one of ASRock’s competitors was able to pack a full array of enthusiast-class features into a board that was only slightly oversized, stating that fitting all of those components into a standard ATX motherboard would have required a miracle (or more PCB layers). The standard ATX, lower-priced Z270 SuperCarrier is even better-equipped in some ways, but is it the miracle we were looking for?

The ways in which the SuperCarrier is better equipped than its upmarket competitor include the addition of Aquantia’s AQC108 5 Gb/s network controller, a second Thunderbolt 3 port, extra SATA ports (for a total of 10), and a third M.2 slot. ASRock reduces its price compared to that top competitor by using cheaper audio and Wi-Fi solutions, a cheaper heat sink set covering a less elaborate voltage regulator, fewer buttons and switches, and no voltage meter check points. The Z270 SuperCarrier also lacks U.2 connections, although these can be acquired via M.2 adapter cards.

Amazement further subsides when looking more closely at the I/O panel, which has no actual USB 3.1 (Gen 2) ports but instead feeds both Type-C connectors from the single Thunderbolt 3 controller. ASRock’s competitor chose instead to connect the same controller’s second port to a Type A connection, with all the flexibility and limitations that go with it.

The trio of Ethernet ports make some sense when considering that some users who lack 5 Gb/s hardware will still want to team the other two ports. The fourth network device, 802.11ac, is provided by Intel’s 433 Mb/s Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo card in M.2 Key-E format.

Four of the chipset’s six SATA ports include PCIe links for SATA-Express, which at this point is primarily used by a small number of enthusiasts to host bay-mounted USB 3.1 front-panel controllers. You’ll still find these at some vendors, and ASRock used to include one in some of its previous-generation high-end boards. The thing I always hated about those adapters is that they waste the SATA ports. Worse still, the two ports that are disabled by placing a PCIe drive in M.2 slot 2 are among those that don’t have SATA-Express.

The Z270 SuperCarrier connects four stainless steel reinforced graphics slots to the CPU’s 16 lanes via a PLX8747 48-lane PCIe 3.0 switch. The slots automatically switch from x16-x0-x16-x0 to x8-x8-x8-x8 mode when cards are added to the second and fourth graphics card slots. Graphics cards aren’t normally forced to fight for bandwidth on the PLX8747, since SLI and Crossfire requires every card to receive the same data: This smart switch simply repeats that data to all four slot simultaneously. Yet all cards are then limited to x8 mode, leaving the CPU side of the controller needing only eight lanes of CPU bandwidth. Since three-way graphics is a more popular option, ASRock mentions that the fourth slot can still use its eight lanes for an alternative purpose, such as a slot-mounted M.2 drive.

ASRock noticed that most of us don’t like crushing our front-panel audio cables flat against the connector when installing a bottom graphics card, so the company added a second HD-Audio header with right-angle pins. That’s also a good way to lessen the length required for that cable to reach its header, which has been a problem on various cases ever since companies started putting the audio connector on the motherboard’s bottom-rear corner. ASRock does not offer a similar solution for the bottom-edge fan connectors, however.

Only two of the fan connections are capable of voltage-based fan control, but both of those are also rated to 1.5A for better support of high-watt pumps. I’d suggest using one of these for case fans via a splitter, so long as your case has three-pin fans. Similarly builder-friendly is the pair of USB 3.0 connectors located north of the top slot to avoid collisions with even the longest graphics cards. ASRock connects these via a hub, so all four ports are forced to share bandwidth. ASRock sends the matching chipset port to an internally-mounted USB 3.0 Type A port.

Very slim by high-end motherboard standards, the Z270 Supercharger includes only four SATA cables, in addition to required SLI bridges and the pair of Wi-Fi antennas. Still, it’s nice to see that ASRock included both an HB-style and traditional flexible bridge, in addition to the mandated 3-way and 4-way SLI versions.

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Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest became a household name by reinventing the thermostat, but now the Google-owned company has a range of smart devices that work together to automate or protect your home.

The latest product is this weatherproof camera that complements Nest’s existing indoor camera, and its performance and specifications are similar, which is no bad thing. Unsurprisingly, the two work seamlessly within the same excellent companion app, but Nest products are also supported by an ecosystem of smart home devices from other brands.

Just look for the ‘Works with Nest’ branding and you’ll find products that can complement each other by, for instance, turning on a smart bulb when the camera detects motion. It’s a benefit that you might not at first appreciate.

Design and build

Priced at £179 (around $220, AU$290), the Nest Cam Outdoor shares an aesthetic similarity with its indoor sibling, but it is rugged and waterproof to IP65 certification. That means it can survive a regular deluge. And instead of a being fixed to a stand, this one comes with a separate magnetic base that can be screwed to the wall to provide a magnetic cradle for the rounded back of the camera.

The power cable is fixed somewhat incongruously to the base of the camera. Next to this inlet are the perforated holes of the speaker, which being on the bottom, are safe from water ingress. The only problem is that this means you cannot install the camera upside-down. 

The USB cable is rugged too, and at the end of its 3m length it’s joined via a waterproof junction to another 4.5m run that plugs into a mains power adapter.

Spec Sheet

Here are the full specs of the Nest Cam Outdoor:

Type: IP camera

Location: Outdoor 

Mounting: Magnetic wall bracket included  

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 

Resolution: 1080p

Night Vision: IR LED 

Motion sensor: Yes

Audio: Two-way sound

Battery: No

Local video storage: No

App support: Android/iOS 

Subscription: From £8/month

Size/Weight: 72 x 72 x 89mm (W x H x D); 200g

Features

The 1080p camera actually defaults to 720p mode and we think it looks good in either resolution. Ten IR sensors ensure that it can see clearly in the dark as well. A microphone and speaker are built-in for two-way audio communication, but you won’t find a microSD card slot for local video storage.

What sets this camera apart is an iOS/Android app that’s several notches above the competition. That’s not so surprising, given that Google is behind its development. The app shows you a live feed from your cameras, and provided you take out a subscription, it allows you to customise your notifications by setting up to three active motion zones. These are areas within the camera’s view which can be drawn and designated as sensitive to movement.

For example, you can use the companion app to draw a motion zone around a doorway, so that when it opens you’ll get an alert, but you won’t for mere movement around it.

Installation and use

Nest includes everything you need to install its outdoor camera, from the screws and wall plugs that fix the magnetic base, to the cable clips that secure the heavy-duty USB cable. The camera itself is held securely in place by the magnet, but with nothing else to keep it there other than the cable, a desirable gadget like this could itself become a target for thieves. Install well out of reach is our advice. 

Once installed, getting the camera online is made very easy by the Nest companion app, or at least, it should be. The app walks you through a step-by-step process that’s made simple by the addition of a QRF code on the camera that your phone simply scans in order to pair. However, our camera would not pair with our Virgin router and after many attempts, we had to find an alternative router. We had a similar issue at a different location, which suggests a glitch in Nest’s system rather than our own. 

Assuming you don’t have the same problems, Nest’s slick software should make the user experience the best in the business. Certainly, the expensive Nest Aware subscription makes the recording, ordering (on a clickable timeline of events) and playback of up to 30 days of video footage a seamless affair.

Performance

Picture quality is similarly impressive, especially in 1080p mode which records at an above-average 30 frames per second. However, we did experience quite a lot of frozen images while the video buffered and strained at the limit of our 10Mbps broadband network. For everyday use, 720p looks almost as detailed and requires less bandwidth.

The 10 infrared sensors ensure you get decent video quality in complete darkness too, something that cheaper cameras struggle with. As for audio, the microphone is good enough to pick up subtle sounds, while the speaker delivers a clear voice when you talk via your phone. 

The motion sensor is also fairly successful at differentiating between people and animals. There were occasions when a cat was mistaken for a human, but it certainly managed to filter out the irrelevant movement that’s bound to occur in the camera’s field of view.

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Nintendo Switch vs Wii U review

The Nintendo Switch is finally available in the UK, but what’s different compared to the firm’s previous console, the Wii U? Whether you’re trying to choose between the two or considering an upgrade, here’s our Nintendo Switch vs Wii U review. Read next: Best games consoles 2017.

The console market is a tough place to fight and Nintendo is hoping its new modular Switch will do a lot better than the Wii U which only sold 13.3m units as of September 2016.

Note that we’ve had a week with the Nintendo Switch so far, playing various games, but we’re yet to perform official battery tests. Read our in-depth Nintendo Switch review.

Nintendo Switch vs Wii U review: Price 

A big factor in your upgrade decision, or choice between the two, will be the price and many are somewhat outraged at the Switch price of £279. But let’s not forget that the Wii U Premium launched at £299 back in 2012, although it did come with Nintendo Land.

We’re actually fairly comfortable with the price considering the device is more than just a console you plug into the TV and the fact that Brexit has caused price rises across various other tech products. Something that makes it seems worse is the now affordable cost of the PS4 and Xbox One but we’ll save that chat for those comparison articles.

For now, if you’re considering it, you can get the Wii U Premium with the excellent Mario Kart 8 for £189 on Amazon and the Basic edition is £179 so not worth saving the small difference.

Nintendo Wii U GamePad

Nintendo Wii U GamePad

Nintendo Switch vs Wii U review: Specs, graphics and features

In typical Nintendo style, the Switch is not a directly comparable console to the PS4 and Xbox One. The firm has done something completely different which follows on from the Wii U.

A modular Switch, an evolution of the GamePad

On a visual and practical basis, the Switch is like a evolution of the Wii U’s GamePad – something which was a neat innovation but had various flaws and was under utilised by the games.

The huge controller with it’s touchscreen meant you could play with a second screen to the TV or ditch the big screen entirely, enabling you to freely walk to another room in the house and carry of playing (as long as you didn’t go too far from the console).

Nintendo Switch handheld console

Nintendo Switch handheld console

With the Switch, Nintendo has taken the GamePad and made it the console. There is no main unit now, so all the tech is housed in what is effectively a tablet. You put it in a docking station to easily connect it to the TV. You can then remove it and carry on playing in Handheld mode seamlessly.

Nintendo has taken the GamePad and given it a much needed upgrade to create the Switch. The display is still 6.2in but the device isn’t half as bulky, the resolution is now 720p (up from 480p) and it’s finally a capacitive touchscreen like any modern phone or tablet so doesn’t require a stylus or a firm prod with a finger.

We’ve mentioned the TV and Handheld modes but the Switch has a third option. Because the small Joy-Con controllers unclip from either end of the tablet, you can put the screen down on a flat surface with the kickstand to play in Tabletop mode.

In TV and Tabletop modes, you can attach the two Joy-Con controllers to the grip or use them in your hands like Nintendo’s Wii remotes. You can use two per person or one each depending on the game. They contain motion sensors and advanced HD Rumble vibration motors. 

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con grip

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con grip

Battery life

One of the huge downfalls of the Wii U GamePad was its poor battery life. It would typically last for around three hours and was so bad that Nintendo released a higher capacity battery pack for it at £25. It’s shouldn’t be hard to beat that figure with the Switch and although we haven’t tested it, Nintendo claims it can last longer than six hour depending on what you’re doing.

We’re keen to test the battery life out properly as a key selling point of the Switch is that you can take it out of the house wherever you’re going since it is the console, not just a part of it. You can also link up to other Switch units for multi-player without the need for a Wi-Fi network so even more reason for good battery life.

Internal specs and graphics

In terms of actual core specs, the Switch isn’t hugely different to the Wii U. It still has 32GB of storage (there’s no premium model this time), although you can easily expand it with the Micro-SD card slot.

There is a more powerful processor inside, a custom Nvidia Tegra X chip and GPU. However the console’s video output is still limited to 1080p via HDMI. It’s worth noting that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be limited to 900p on the Switch and 720p on the Wii U – that alone might be enough to convince some to upgrade.

It’s with joy that we can tell you Nintendo has ditched its usual strategy of proprietary ports. The Switch uses USB-C which is found on many phones, tablets and laptops. Sadly, the supplied grip on which you attach the small Joy-Con controllers does not have a port so they can be charged while you play even though Nintendo will offer a charging version.

Nintendo Wii U console

Nintendo Wii U console

Nintendo Switch vs Wii U review: Games and software

Nintendo has also switched (sorry) from using discs to cartridges for the new console. This is partly because you wouldn’t want to fit an optical drive onto a tablet, but it’s also convenient for taking lots of games with you when out and about. The firm has also said it is ditching region locking.

It’s not official, but the lack of something to put discs into almost certainly means the Switch isn’t backwards compatible with Wii U or Wii games. It also won’t play nicely with old peripherals like the Wii Remote or GamePad which is a shame, especially as a set of additional Joy-Cons will cost £75.

We know little about the Switch UI or operating system at the moment – only games were playable at the hands-on premiere. However, we do know that you’ll be able to change users and the console will have some pretty nifty parental controls (including time limits), which you can enforce from the accompanying phone app.

It’s also known that the Switch won’t have streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video at launch. Although they will become available at some point it seems, sooner rather than later we expect, it’s strange considering even the original Wii had Netflix.

Nintendo Switch games

Nintendo Switch games

A lot more is known about the games for the Switch so we’ll focus on that for now.

One of the Wii U’s failing was a lack of killer titles so we’d like to say the Switch has an amazing set of launch games that make the new console a must buy. Sadly that’s not quite the case despite the long time period since releasing the Wii U in which to plan the launch.

The main launch title for the Switch is Zelda: Breath of the Wild. That’s great but it was originally supposed to be a Wii U game and doesn’t have the same broad appeal compared to Nintendo’s other franchises.

Skylanders Imaginators, Just Dance 2017, Super Bomberman R and 1-2-Switch complete the launch line-up. The latter is a set of mini-games that show off the Joy-Con controllers well but feel like they should be pre-installed on the console.

In general, the masses want Mario games and there are none whatsoever for when the Switch arrives in shops. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (hardly a new game) will arrive on 28 April and Super Mario Odyssey won’t launch until ‘Holiday 2017’.

That said, the third party line-up does look stronger than the Wii U with Elder Scrolls, Minecraft, NBA 2K and FIFA games all confirmed for this year.

Read next: Best games coming to Nintendo Switch.

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AMD’s Ryzen processors are out of stock with many retailers

AMD’s new Ryzen processors were officially launched yesterday to great fanfare (and plentiful reviews – here’s our 1800X write-up), and they’ve sold out of stock on Amazon already, not to mention other major retailers.

Tom’s Hardware spotted that Amazon US has sold out of the flagship Ryzen 1800X, as well as the 1700X and 1700, although you can still buy from third-party marketplace sellers. You’ll pay for the privilege though – at the time of writing, the third-party vendor selling the 1800X is charging $553 (a fair bit above the recommended price of $499, which Amazon sells at).

Tom’s further noted that Ryzen processors were sold out at Fry’s and also there were no 1800X models at Newegg – although the latter now appears to have units for sale. Best Buy isn’t offering the standalone CPU at all, only prebuilt PCs powered by the chip.

So what about the situation in the UK? It’s the same story at Amazon here, with stock sold out, but third-party vendors still selling at an inflated price. You can buy an 1800X from a marketplace seller, but it will set you back £539 (as opposed to Amazon’s £489 price).

Over at Ebuyer, you can pre-order the 1800X, but it won’t ship until Monday (and that’s an ‘expected’ date, so not guaranteed). It’s a similar story at retailers such as Overclockers, although CCL Computers does currently have stock of the flagship AMD processor at £489 (at the time of writing, at least). The latter appears to be the only major outlet where you can currently buy the 1800X.

Train of thought

As ever, the usual thoughts occur – is this being driven by demand and the hype train, or is it more to do with AMD not getting enough stock out there from the get-go?

As for the Ryzen hype train itself, that particular locomotive hasn’t come off the rails, but things have been dampened by reviews and online chatter regarding gaming performance being something of a disappointment (particularly in 1080p gaming). Although matters could potentially improve with driver updates, of course.

Something else that caught our eye (again, courtesy of Tom’s) was the fact that some manufacturers of cooling solutions are providing free upgrade kits to ensure their products work with the new Ryzen CPUs.

Fractal Design is offering a free kit to those who have purchased its Kelvin Series enthusiast-class water coolers, and similarly NZXT has a kit to ensure Ryzen compatibility with its last-gen and current Kraken water coolers.

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Nintendo Switch vs Xbox One review

The Nintendo Switch is finally available to buy in the UK, but it’s coming out into a games market with stiff competition from the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Things could get even more complex later this year when the Xbox One Scorpio comes out, so what should you do if you can’t decide between the Xbox One and the Switch? Hopefully our Xbox vs Switch comparison review should help.

Read next: Nintendo Switch hands-on review

Xbox One vs Switch review: Price

Games consoles are rarely cheap, so price is always a major factor when considering a purchase. Right now you can buy the Switch for £279.99 in either grey or red/blue, and is available to buy in the UK from retailers including Amazon UK and GAME, although at the time of writing GAME isn’t sure when it’ll get its next batch of stock.

Read next: Nintendo Switch news and deals

Regardless, we expect the price of the Switch to stay steady for a while, and don’t expect any major price drops until at least Christmas 2017. You should expect to pay around £280 whether you buy the console at launch or over the next few months, though we may see some better bundles with games appear later in the year.

As for the Xbox One, things are slightly more complicated thanks to the different versions of the console available. If you want to buy it new, you’ll have to go with the updated Xbox One S. You can buy it on its own from £218.99 for the 500GB model, and £233.95 for the 1TB model, though you’ll probably want to grab a bundle with a game, which usually gets you a better deal.

Read next: Best games deals

You can grab the 500GB Xbox One S with Minecraft bundled in for just £229.99, or with FIFA 17 instead for £239.90. You can even get the 500GB console together with two months of Now TV’s movies plan and either FIFA 17 or Battlefield 1 for £249.99.

Looking at the 1TB model, the best bundle right now includes Gears of War 4 for £275, but you could also get it with FIFA 17 for £289.99, or pre-order it with new strategy game Halo Wars 2 for £299.99 (and check out our hands-on review of that here).

There’s also the Xbox One Elite, which comes with a 1TB solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) for faster game loading and performance, along with Microsoft’s premium Elite controller (shown above). That will set you back £297 on Amazon, but given the controller alone costs £109.99, that’s not such a bad deal.

Ultimately, the Xbox One S is definitely cheaper than the Switch, and you could buy it with a game included for less than the price of the Switch alone. Still, it’s a three-year-old console, while the Switch is brand new, so that’s to be expected.

Xbox One vs Switch review: Specs and features

Here’s where the comparison between the Switch and the Xbox One gets a bit trickier, because they’re very different consoles. In terms of raw power, the Xbox One definitely comes out on top. Its 1.75GHz 8-core AMD CPU with integrated graphics is comfortably faster than the Switch’s Nvidia Tegra chip, and it has 8GB of RAM to the Switch’s rumoured 4GB. The Xbox wins on storage too: it comes with either 500GB or 1TB, compared to just 32GB (expandable by Micro SD card) in the Switch.

That’s hardly a fair comparison though, because for what the Switch lacks in horsepower, it more than makes up for in added features. That’s because while the Xbox One is a pretty traditional home console, the Switch is more of a hybrid, letting you play games on the big screen or take them on the go, while also packing some novel features into its controllers.

Read next: Switch vs Wii U comparison review

The Switch itself is actually essentially a touchscreen tablet with controllers that slot into the sides, and you can use it in a few ways. You can play with the controllers attached, so that it looks a bit like a Wii U gamepad, you can play with the controllers separated from the screen on the go (with a handy kickstand to prop the main tablet up), or you can dock the tablet and output it to your TV for a more traditional home console set-up.

The Switch controllers pack even more features. The Joy-Con can be used separately, a bit like smaller Wii remotes, or can be attached to an included grip to form a more traditional controller shape. They each include HD rumble, which allows for more detailed vibration feedback, and also include gyroscopes and an IR motion camera in the right one, which allows the controller to detect objects in front of it, including how far away they are.

The Xbox One and the Switch offer potentially very different gaming experiences. The Xbox is a pretty standard games console (which is no bad thing!), but the Switch offers not only the ability to play games on the go, but also some new potential gameplay mechanics thanks to the HD rumble and other Joy-Con innovations – at the cost of some horsepower and storage.

Xbox One vs Switch review: Accessories

It’s also worth bearing in mind both consoles’ accessories, as most owners will look to pick up a few. If you get the Xbox One, you’re probably mostly looking at additional controllers, which start at £42.99 and range up to the likes of the £109.99 Elite. You might also be interested in grabbing a headset for online chat, or more specialised controllers like a driving wheel or arcade stick, but that’s about it.

With the Switch, you’re likely looking at spending more for accessories. For starters, if you want to use it as a portable device, you’ll almost certainly want a carry case to protect it – Nintendo’s official one is £19.99. If you want to do any serious couch gaming, you’ll likely want the Pro controller for £64.99, and if you want to have a few friends round for multiplayer you’ll want extra Joy-Con – a pair will cost you £74.99. Then there’s a Micro SD card for storage – this SanDisk 128GB card will cost you another £44.99.

The steep accessory pricing means they’re a serious hidden cost for most owners, and you should factor them in when deciding which console to pick up.

Xbox One vs Switch review: Games

At the end of the day, most of us buy a games console for one thing only: playing games. So how do the Xbox One and the Switch compare? With the Xbox One, you’re getting access to an array of major titles released over the last few years, and plenty more on the way. Exclusives include the likes of Halo 5, Gears of War 4, and Quantum Break, along with all the major multi-platform games like FIFA 17, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and Battlefield 1. While Microsoft’s lineup of upcoming exclusives is slightly slim, you can be confident that the Xbox One will continue to get a steady stream of big multi-platform games to play.

Read next: Best Xbox One games

With the Switch, you’re more reliant on Nintendo’s first-party games – while some third-party games are on the way, these are mostly indies, old (such as a Skyrim port) or uncertain (such as a promised FIFA game, with no more details than that). As for Nintendo’s own output, most of the promised games look great – there just aren’t all that many of them.

Read next: Best games coming to the Switch

At launch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the flagship title, joined by minigame collection 1-2-Switch. Later in the year we have a port of Mario Kart 8 from the Wii U, ink shooter Splatoon 2, new boxing game Arms, and platformer Super Mario Odyssey in time for Christmas. If you’re a huge Nintendo fan, those titles alone might be enough to entice you into buying the Switch – but if not, you might want to wait until more games are announced to make sure you’ll be getting your money’s worth.

Xbox One vs Switch review: Xbox Scorpio

Finally, there’s one spanner in the works: Xbox One Scorpio. We know that Microsoft is planning to release a super-powered version of the Xbox One some time later this year, but we don’t know much more about what to expect. Microsoft has promised that it will be the more powerful games console in the world when it comes out, but hasn’t revealed any specs, price, or even the official name. In any case though, it will offer a similar experience to the base Xbox One (though no doubt with substantially more horsepower), so the main question remains the same: do you want a traditional home games console like the Xbox, or a handheld home console hybrid like the Switch?

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