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Xbox One Live TV Is US-Exclusive At Launch

Jonathan Lester
Microsoft, TV, Xbox One

Xbox One Live TV Is US-Exclusive At Launch

Requires "Advanced TV Hardware"

Despite live TV being placed front and centre at the Xbox One reveal event, Microsoft's official FAQ reveals that the admittedly impressive service will only be available Stateside at launch, and will require "advanced TV hardware."

First off: the good news. Xbox One's live TV service will support Kinect navigation (both in terms of gesture shortcuts and voice searches), allowing you to browse through live TV channels, see what's trending and effortlessly search without even touching a controller. OneGuide allows users to "find TV and entertainment quickly with voice searches for names, networks or times, presented in an easy-to-use and tailored program guide."

The bad news? Apparently live TV won't be available outside the US at launch, but Microsoft are "anticipating global scale over time." Considering that TVii hasn't arrived on the Wii U yet, I won't hold your breath (though we can probably rely on Microsoft to move a lot faster).

So what's this "advanced TV hardware" all about then? Well, we assume that you'll need to plug in a set top box with an HDMI output to the Xbox One's HDMI-in port, and the console will then decode the signal and start working its magic. It's just possible that an extra Microsoft-licensed device might be required, depending on how you read it, but there's nothing concrete to report on that front as-yet.

Regardless, the Xbox One is being marketed as an "all-in one entertainment device" rather than a games console; an approach that could lead to mainstream appeal or audience alienation. E3 will give us a much better idea of what Microsoft's new device can do as a games machine.

Add a comment4 comments
RobtheBob  May. 21, 2013 at 22:31

Hmm, so we'll have to dish out further cash to watch TV ?

the more i read about this console the more nudged i become to just owning a ps4 and forgetting the xbox.

Tsung  May. 22, 2013 at 08:26

Oh dear, when I saw the TV demo last night I said "I bet that will be US only, at least to begin with", it appears I was right. The vision is an all in one entertainment center but only if you live in the USA; otherwise you will be picking up your controller to change channels. Sure they say they will bring it to the ROW later but realistically when?

soveryevil  May. 22, 2013 at 08:28

The "All-in one" entertainment system that requires "advanced TV hardware" add on. Sounds all in one to me!

DivideByZero  May. 22, 2013 at 09:31

I play games more than watch films by a long shot, so I couldn't give a damn about an all in one entertainment system (which I already have by the way of my PC anyway).

Sad to hear that we wont be getting the same service that the US is getting and you can bet we will still pay more for that "privilege".

Sad, but not surprising.


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