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Microsoft hurls TV tuner and streaming at Xbox One users

Also reveals a white console is coming later this year
Tue Aug 12 2014, 14:51
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MICROSOFT HAS TAKEN TO THE STAGE at the Gamescom Conference, announcing that it has a lot in store for Xbox One owners.

In store for Xbox One users are a number of updates and additions to Microsoft's games console. These will include a television tuner, which will extend the entertainment capabilities of the box, and the ability to stream content to smartphones and tablets.

"We've been bringing tons of new features to Xbox One fans worldwide throughout the year. Thanks to our recently launched Xbox Feedback, our fans have played a huge role in shaping these updates. In fact, we've received thousands of posts and more than 400,000 votes to date," said Redmond console spokeschap Major Nelson.

"Starting in the early access program later this month, new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and new ways to access their TV and entertainment throughout their homes will be coming to Xbox One."

Microsoft has added social features like threaded messages from contacts, along with introducing the Snap-to features that Xbox 360 users are already accustomed to.

Also incoming is a media player application that will let users natively play more formats than they presently can. This will include Gifs, according to Nelson, and mpeg2 TS. The media features will be supported by USB initially and DLNA eventually.

The TV tuner has already been announced, but the firm is already adding to it. Microsoft said that tuner users will be able to stream their television display to smartphones and tablets using Smartglass, the mobile companion app.

This can be used without interrupting streaming, according to the firm, and will work for Smartglass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.

Microsoft also announced on Tuesday that it will be releasing a white Xbox One and games controller later this year in a Sunset Overdrive bundle. A 1TB Call of Duty: Advanced Warefare bundle will also be released in November. µ

 

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