Microsoft released the Xbox One as a gaming and entertainment powerhouse. Starting today, customers in Canada and the United States will be able to get even more out of their devices.
Microsoft has announced that the official TV tuner for the Xbox One, which lets users watch over-the-air channels directly from the console, is now available in Canada and the United States. The feature first hit European customers last year, but it looks to be expanding quickly around the world.
The Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner costs $59.99, which is a pretty good deal. However, in order for the feature to work as intended, you will also need an HDTV antenna. Luckily, Microsoft is offering a bundle with the TV tuner and antenna from the company’s retail stores for $99.99.
The Xbox One lets users do a bit more than simply watch live programming. Users will be able to pause live TV for up to 30 minutes (though there is no way to record anything DVR-style yet) and watch TV in a smaller, snapped window while playing games. Microsoft automatically populates its own TV guide (called OneGuide) based on your location, and the functions of the TV can be controlled using Kinect voice commands.
Additionally, users can stream live TV to their mobile devices using the Xbox One SmartGlass app on iOS, Android, Windows, or Windows Phone. Even though one person may be streaming live TV to their mobile device, the Xbox is still fully usable from the main connection source (TV or monitor).
The Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One can be purchased from the Microsoft Store or Amazon, while the Live TV Bundle (includes tuner and antenna) can be purchased directly from the Microsoft Store (Note: The Live TV Bundle doesn’t appear on the Canadian Microsoft Store at the time of this post).
[via Xbox Wire]