Microsoft Talks New Features for Xbox One TV

One of my chief complaints about the Xbox One at launch was the inability to control cable DVR via the OneGuide. Having to exit the guide, grab my Comcast remote and return to its horribly dated and clunky UI completely broke the new television experience the Xbox One promised to deliver.

Looks like Microsoft finally intends to remedy that problem. In a post on the Xbox Wire, MS announced that the complete OneGuide will soon work in the SmartGlass app and deliver the ability to set and watch cable DVR programming.

“Rent once, play anywhere” is also in the pipeline, allowing users to rent or buy a video from Xbox Video and watch that movie on TV, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

In addition, SmartGlass will now be much more connected to Xbox Live, allowing users to view friends lists and activity, see recent matches and send out friend invites, and receive Xbox One messaging alerts.

As for the when, MS says the “rent once, play anywhere” feature is coming this week, while the updated Xbox OneGuide and SmartGlass features will first be available to beta testers before full launch “later this year.”

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