Last August, Microsoft finally confirmed previous rumors by announcing that the Xbox One would be usable as a digital video recorder sometime in 2016. Now it looks like Microsoft is abandoning those plans.
“After careful consideration, we have decided to put DVR development for over-the-air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, more highly requested gaming experiences on Xbox One and Windows 10,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge in a statement. “We’re always listening to fan feedback, and we look forward to bringing more in-demand experiences to Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Live this year.”
As originally announced, the feature would be limited to over-the-air broadcasts received through the system’s optional USB antenna dongle, and would not have worked with cable and/or satellite broadcasts received through the built-in HDMI input. receive. Users should have saved programs to an external USB hard drive instead of the system’s internal storage, and could have streamed or downloaded recordings to other mobile devices or Windows PCs.
However, those possible implementation details are all moot now. While built-in DVR features would have further differentiated the Xbox One from Sony’s PlayStation 4, the feature never seemed to fit quite naturally on an Xbox platform that sells and rents hundreds of TV shows and movies directly to users (not to mention that it has some video streaming apps).
Either way, the cancellation does reduce Microsoft’s focus on the Xbox One’s general media capabilities, which has been evident since the system’s game-light, TV-heavy reveal in early 2013. With rumors of a smaller, cheaper , streaming-focused Xbox One, which may be announced at next week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, may change that trend a bit, though.