Xbox One does not provide any built-in DVR capabilities

By Andrew Yoon, May 21, 2013 4:45pm PDT

Thanks to Xbox One's built-in hard drive and focus on live TV and media, it seems like it should have DVR capabilities. In fact, it will offer "game DVR" and let you share gameplay moments via the cloud. However, it will not offer any built-in TV DVR capabilities, a Microsoft spokesperson told us.

"Xbox One does not provide any built-in DVR capabilities, but on your Xbox One console you will be able to access and use your cable or satellite set-top box DVR service via HDMI pass-through," they explained.

In addition, to utilize the live TV features demoed by Microsoft, you'll need a "supported receiver device with HDMI output." And as expected, "to access live TV content from many of the top networks in the US, consumers still need a cable, telco or satellite subscription."

Microsoft wouldn't detail who they're partnering with for their TV efforts, other than to say that "we are working with leading providers of television services in the world, including cable networks and content distributors, to launch apps on Xbox One."

When quizzed about whether or not Microsoft would consider offering its own IPTV service for those that don't want to subscribe to cable or satellite TV, Microsoft deflected the question. "Our goal is to enable live TV through Xbox One in every way that it is delivered throughout the world, whether that's television service providers, over the air or over the Internet, or HDMI-in via a set top box." (emphasis ours) "The delivery of TV is complex and we are working through the many technologies and policies around the world to make live TV available where Xbox One is available."

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