Arms-on with the Xbox One’s TV tuner
The Xbox One’s €29.ninety nine/£24.ninety nine TV Tuner is now obtainable, however it’s removed from only a glorified channel changer for Microsoft’s console. As we talked about, it got here out solely in Europe as a result of many people throughout the pond get our TV repair from over-the-air (OTA) digital TV, whereas most People have cable. However it’s opened up numerous useful new TV watching options on the Xbox and on cellular units with SmartGlass, too. Now you can watch DVB-T, DVB-T2 and DVB-C digital TV, pause, rewind or quick ahead reside TV, change channels utilizing SmartGlass and even watch TV immediately on a cellular gadget. For a console that desires to be your leisure hub, that is a load of pertinent options — to see the way it works, learn on.
Like everyone else within the French countryside, I’ve a TV antenna that magically brings me 30-odd digital channels when it is hooked as much as a “décodeur TNT.” So all I needed to do is plug the coax cable into the Xbox One’s TV Tuner, and the USB finish of the tuner into the Xbox itself. In case you have the October Xbox replace, it routinely detects the gadget after which finds all of your channels. It then gave me the choice of pausing, rewinding and quick-forwarding reside TV, in trade for 4GB of arduous disk area. From there, I began watching packages, utilizing the Xbox controller to vary channels by way of the OneGuide, favorites or a pop-up, on-display menu. Microsoft informed me that the Xbox One Media Distant would give comparable performance, and might be a more sensible choice for non-gaming TV viewers.
One small word: although it could actually carry out restricted time-shifting features, the Xbox One nonetheless cannot report reside TV packages. I hope Microsoft ultimately provides that perform, since timeshifting clearly means it is succesful, offered you are prepared to surrender some disk area.
Subsequent up: voice management. Sure, as soon as I found out easy methods to pronounce Xbox in French (eeks-boax), the simplest strategy to change channels was to shout instructions on the Kinect. Fairly than a quantity, you possibly can inform it which channel you need to watch by identify, as in “watch Canal+.” If it does not perceive, it’s going to present a useful record of instructions. It’s also possible to entry the OneGuide by voice, or simply say one thing like “Xbox, what’s on Canal+?” and get extra information that approach, as proven above. (The screens are in French as a result of Microsoft strictly area-locks languages to the nation you are situated in, one thing many gaming ex-pats aren’t thrilled with.)
The most effective a part of the brand new Xbox One TV Tuner is SmartGlass. The brand new model of the app brings full management of all TV features, letting you modify channels, view the OneGuide, and even watch stay TV instantly in your cellular gadget. Sadly, the latter function is simply on iOS and Home windows Telephone units for now, and not Android. That stated, it labored completely on my iPad, with a pointy, clear picture, notably on HD channels. Cellular viewing solely works in your native house or work community, and there is about three-second delay from stay TV because of buffering.
One other good way of utilizing your smartphone or pill is to snap the TV Tuner view straight into any recreation (see under). That allows you to hold monitor of a ball recreation or present and pause, quick-ahead or rewind it with out interrupting a spherical of Forza 5. General, SmartGlass proved to be probably the most handy solution to navigate channels and use OneGuide — and I did not even need to bust out my nasty French accent.
So the decision? The Xbox One TV tuner is a useful approach for us Europeans to eliminate our OTA bins, get rid of lots of muddle and achieve a bunch of additional performance. Having voice and Smartglass management over your TV viewing is good, and with the ability to pause and skip by way of reside TV packages is a large bonus. The one drawbacks? Microsoft must streamline the operation of the system a bit, as sure features (like flipping channels) are simpler with a lavatory-commonplace distant. And naturally, we strongly hope that Microsoft allows DVR recording sooner or later. As soon as that occurs, you’ll be able to search for my present over-the-air decoder field on eBay.
- Key specs
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- Recreation format Optical disc, Downloadable
- On-line options Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Retailer, Browser
- Drive capability 500 GB
- Controller sort Wired, Wi-fi
- Movement controls Digital camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Launched 2013-eleven-22