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Can TV Save The Xbox One? Microsoft Unveils First Wave Of TV & Entertainment Partners

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Apps, Microsoft, TV, Xbox One

The wheels have fallen off of Microsoft's wagon a little bit of late with the early resolution battles coming out strongly in favour of the PS4. But given that the slogan for Microsoft's next-gen console is All in One. Input One. can they claw some ground back with the announcement of a slew of TV and entertainment partners?

No, probably not. At least, not when the ones confirmed are the ones we already have on Xbox 360.

“We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.”

We have no idea what that means in practical terms, but here's the list of entertainment apps Microsoft have announced for the UK thus far. They might seem familiar:

  • 4oD
  • Amazon\LOVEFiLM
  • blinkbox
  • Crackle
  • Demand 5
  • Eurosport
  • Machinima
  • MUZU TV
  • Netflix
  • NOW TV
  • TED
  • Twitch
  • Wuaki.tv

The full list of global apps can be found here: http://news.xbox.com/2013/11/xbox-one-partners-unveiled

Apparently. "this list is just the first wave of partners coming to Xbox One," and Microsoft will be announcing more partners with new apps every month. Job done. Right? Microsoft are back on top (if you have XBL Gold)!

Well, no. The PS4 is likely to be every bit the entertainment app hub that the Xbox One is, which means that it's all going to come down once again to the games. And although Microsoft's black rectangle might not seem to have the crunch of Sony italicised black rectangle at this early stage, it does have Dead Rising 3.

And I still want it.

Add a comment4 comments
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Given that those are also mostly available on the PS3 (and presumably they will be on the PS4 too, in time, it's hardly a big selling point.

I mean if you have a smart tv and / or pay tv service, there's literally no point (unless you like paying more for your electricity that is).

Jerec  Nov. 8, 2013 at 14:27

Make the PS4/Xbox 1 merge with my Sky/Virgin box and then you'll have the all round winner.

Late  Nov. 8, 2013 at 15:30

Would love to get rid of my Sky decoder and get my TV directly from the xbox. Failing that, I hope I can feed Sky through the One and control it by voice.

I know you can feed a source in by HDMI, and I assume you can switch to that input by voice or otherwise - but can I get the xbox to switch channels on my Sky by voice? It's certainly capable of doing such, as the Kinect has an IR blaster built in - but whether it's got the software to do so is another matter.
And I assume I'd have to used the Sky Guide rather than the xbox's TV Guide features to see what's on.

Lots of questions still unanswered, tbh (unless they've been answered and I've missed them).

Can I feel both my Sky and my media player into the One (using a HDMI switcher)? Could I voice control (or indeed use gesture or normal controller) to scroll through menus and play/pause stuff on my media player? As above, it should all be possible in theory but I've no idea if it's possible in reality.

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