From the start of the console’s development, Microsoft has claimed that the Xbox One should be every gamer’s go-to device as a general home entertainment unit. Although the console may have missed the mark a little at launch, with a few omissions in its initial state, the device has since gone on to grow into this role. One such example is the addition of Sling TV earlier this year, which acts as a cable television alternative.
Now, Microsoft has revealed that the Xbox One is taking even further steps into becoming an all-round media center for users. During this year’s gamescom trade fair, the tech giant revealed that its flagship console will be on the receiving end of DVR for over-the-air television. Not only that, but the new Xbox One functionality will be subscription-free, and will launch in 2016.
Further information on the move has also been added by Microsoft through Xbox Wire. When a player’s Xbox One is set up for over-the-air TV, the user can simply add a USB device to record shows from their console. This will apparently have no impact on the console’s gaming functionality, and since the feature only relates to USB usage, players will not have a time limit or size limit for recording.
The new functionality also acts as a big statement from Microsoft over the recently-launched Windows 10 operating system. Windows 10 was announced to receive Xbox One game streaming, but it appears as though the relationship works both ways. Users will be able to stream shows using the Xbox app for Windows 10 devices, as well as download for use on-the-go and schedule the recording of shows remotely.
Rumors surrounding the addition of over-the-air TV DVR functionality have been rumbling behind the scenes for some time. With Microsoft announcing the Xbox One’s TV tuner earlier this year, the ability to use the device for DVR purposes jumped to the top of many a gamer’s list of wanted features. Meanwhile, recent statements surrounding live television recording also hinted that Microsoft was planning to make this move by the end of the year.
So far, gamescom 2015 has proved to be a hugely important one for Microsoft and the Xbox One. Alongside the free TV DVR news, the company also unveiled more about the plans to bring Xbox 360 backwards compatibility to Xbox One, with 100 games set to be available in November of this year. Meanwhile, the company showed off an action-packed gameplay trailer for timed exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. Microsoft will be hoping that these announcements lead to an even brighter future for the console.
Source: Xbox Wire