Xbox One has been designed to bring gaming and other mediums of entertainment together, as well as to change the way games and consoles are used. Two major areas that touch these aspects are Xbox One SmartGlass features and the Xbox TV functionality. Microsoft has planned new updates to both of these and they are coming to you now.
Ben Smith, the Xbox One TV group manager reiterated the company’s aim to create an all in one experience with Xbox One recently, saying:
“Since the launch of Xbox One, it’s been our mission to keep improving – the games, the entertainment, the all-in-one experience. That’s why we’re bringing some updates to you this month across Xbox Video and Xbox SmartGlass, and it’s why we’re also exploring exciting new features to bring TV elements to more global markets and a new option for using OneGuide on multiple devices.”
He sat down with Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson to talk about the features that they plan to roll out on the Xbox One SmartGlass and TV functionality. Let’s take a detailed look at what’s in store for us.
As of this week, Xbox One owners will be able to rent or buy a film on the console and then be able to watch it on other platforms like Windows Phone 8 and XboxVideo.com, more devices will be added to the list.
New Xbox One SmartGlass features will let you navigate game options like checking out the list of achievements, challenges, game clips and so on from your smartphone or tablet. You will also be able to view the recent players you have interacted with, add them to your friends list and offer a rematch.
Moreover, the activity feed will be displayed in a similar fashion to how y see it on Xbox One, you will be able to sort your friends list, and launch an app from your phone to the console’s Snap feature.
Last but not the least; you will get messaging alerts from Xbox Live right to your phone/ tablet.
As far as the Xbox One TV functionality is concerned, certain Xbox Live users will get to preview a list of proposed changes in the US, Europe and Canada region. Three new features were listed:
- 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.
Which of the Xbox SmartGlass changes or TV functionality updates are you looking forward to?