Microsoft Details Upcoming Xbox One Update, DVR Control & OneGuide Coming To SmartGlass And More

Microsoft Xbox One team has not yet settled down since their launch last year. They are still delivering significant updates every other month which includes lots of improvements and new features as well. Today, the previewed the upcoming Xbox One update that is being released to Xbox One Update preview users. Here are the new features,

  • You can rent (or buy) a movie on Xbox Video, begin watching on one screen, then pick-up right where you left off on another.* Perfect for movie junkies or anyone who loves marathon-watching TV shows, Xbox Video makes it easier than ever to watch whatever you like on Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, or even online at XboxVideo.com.
  • We added a range of new SmartGlass features recently to make it easier for anyone around the world to navigate Xbox One experiences. With SmartGlass you can now:
    • Easily navigate game options so you can quickly get to the full list of Achievements, challenges, and game clips without jumping through multiple screens.
    • View recent players to find people you recently gamed with, easily add them as a friend, or issue a rematch challenge.
    • Sort the Friends list by online status for a quick view of what your friends are doing.
    • View your Activity Feed in a way that matches the view on your console
    • Launch an app in Snap from your mobile device, and when you’re done, simply unsnap it.
    • Receive Xbox Live messaging alerts on your mobile device, making it easier to stay in touch with friends when you’re on the go.
  • An enhanced TV watching experience (that’s already available in the U.S.), which sees TV listings added to OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels. This will work for people in Europe and Canada who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in.
  • More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channels.
  • New Kinect voice commands in Europe and Canada (already available in the U.S.) which let you control your set-top box and other AV equipment.

Read more at Xbox Wire.

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  • Mark Gibbs

    Awesome, I hope it works with TIVO !!!

  • Steve Green

    Still no DNLA browser capabilities?

  • Nham Thien Duong

    Still no full D.V.R./TiVo integration… or building it right in… :-
    That aside, if only the Windows Phone team worked like the Windows, Xbox, and Office teams with their rapid releases (I’m not calling ‘em ”cycles”, they’re not in any way ”a cycle”), we’re still waiting for even the most basic features, I hope that it’ll all change soon, Windows Phone needs to get on the same level as Windows P.C.’s and Xbox.

    • alukard

      Its all coming, its just a matter of time.

  • Valk

    Where’s the support for Microsoft’s own DVR? Media Center? Actually, I’m not asking Microsoft to integrate Media Center, but I would like them to support a home DVR server that has tuners and expandable storage completely controlled by this Xbox One. All it has to do is set recording times for the tuners and be able to access the recordings.

  • http://www.spauldesign.com/ Simon Paul

    So if I’m reading this right, we’ll be able to control and watch our DVRs recordings through the OneGuide? That’s awesome!! They are taking that step a lot faster than I thought they would. This is a caveat a lot of people have been griping about.