Microsoft shelving DVR functionality for Xbox One

The manufacturer will put resources toward 'launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences.'


DVR functionality, one of the last facets of the Xbox One's ill-fated TV-ready feature set, has been cancelled. Speaking to the Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that DVR compatibility no longer fits with its plans for the console going forward.

"After careful consideration, we've decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10. We're always listening to fan feedback and we look forward to bringing more requested experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live this year."

Microsoft unveiled TV DVR functionality back in August 2015 and announced a launch window for later this year. While users can watch live television through their Xbox console, they'll need to record shows through a separate box.

Cutting DVR recording plays into Microsoft's purported plans to release a slimmer, game-feature-heavy Xbox One later this year. If rumors can be believed, the manufacturer will follow up the slimmer Xbox One with a more powerful Xbox in 2017.

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    June 8, 2016 3:46 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Microsoft shelving DVR functionality for Xbox One

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      June 8, 2016 4:15 PM

      The last vestiges of Mattrick are being squooshed

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        June 8, 2016 4:39 PM

        First thought that went through my head, in so many words.

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        June 8, 2016 4:46 PM

        Interestingly, the Kinect could become relevant again if it is integrated with Oculus support in the rumored upgraded Xbox.

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          June 8, 2016 4:50 PM

          huh, never thought of that

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          June 8, 2016 5:18 PM

          Would be an interesting way to push Kinect on PC as well.

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          June 8, 2016 5:22 PM

          I wonder if the accuracy/latency is sufficient for what VR requires though

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            June 8, 2016 8:36 PM

            its really not

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              June 8, 2016 9:24 PM

              Seems like something that could be adjusted in firmware/software. The Kinect is certainly at least as capable as the PlayStation camera, which Playstaion VR will be using.

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                June 9, 2016 3:49 AM

                You couldn't do body or finger tracking fast enough. You could do xyz tracking of the headset and the controllers, if they had lights on.

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                  June 9, 2016 3:52 AM

                  It would be better than ps4, thinking about it.

                  The PSVR uses a pair of cameras to calculate xyz. You get good xy, but pretty poor z because the cameras are only 10 cm apart. Kinect does true depth, so z should be a lot better.

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      June 8, 2016 4:20 PM


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      June 8, 2016 5:19 PM

      Just like they shelved media center for Win 10, which totally screws over those of us who use it in their older OSs.

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        June 8, 2016 6:12 PM

        Microsoft don't care

        They absolutely suck when it comes to this. They kill features, products, brands, companies.

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          June 8, 2016 7:24 PM

          What. Compared to others (hi, Google) they try pretty hard to make things work or to support something they put out...almost forever.

          This DVR functionally just didn't make sense for their new gaming focus on Xbox.

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          June 9, 2016 3:25 AM


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        June 8, 2016 7:16 PM

        Yup, fucking sucks. Thankfully my media center PC is a completely stand alone thing and the only thing it does is run media center and contain tuners. It's not hooked up to a single thing other than cable and the network. It'll run Win 7 'til something comes along that's better than WMC, supports CableCard, and doesn't require a $600 PC to sit at every location we want to view content on.

        So, probably forever at the rate we're going.

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        June 8, 2016 10:06 PM

        I think it was fair of them to keep it going for 3 generations of the OS and about 7 years, and the world isn't exactly in need of DVRs these days with all the Netflixing and such

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        June 9, 2016 7:14 AM

        And this is the single reason why I will not upgrade to Windows 10. A friend of mine has a work around to still use Media Player on 10,but the overall functionality is such a hassle.

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      June 8, 2016 8:09 PM

      Smart of them to get out of a shrinking market. Never understood why they went that way.

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        June 8, 2016 9:47 PM

        Yeah DVR is going to be basically obsolete soon with how easy it is to stream anything on demand. Why do I need to record a show when I can just watch whatever I want?

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          June 9, 2016 3:00 AM

          Exactly, I was interested in DVR years ago but why bother when you can get the shows directly now? Much easier.

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      June 8, 2016 8:21 PM

      Another 180

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      June 8, 2016 9:57 PM

      Well that all but confirms the slim won't have any form of HDMI passthrough.

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        June 8, 2016 11:29 PM

        Soon there will be only Sports. And a dog.

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        June 9, 2016 8:08 AM

        Good. It doesn't work at all for me, and I suspect the whole 'always on' even when sleeping screws with my auto-switching HDMI box. :P

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      June 8, 2016 11:38 PM

      Just in time for Apple to reinvent the living room

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      June 9, 2016 7:15 AM

      "After careful consideration, we've decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10."

      So let me get this straight,it took them,what,almost three years to figure out what it's fanbase was already telling them?

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        June 9, 2016 8:02 AM

        No, they figured it out right away but Microsoft is slow to change course.

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        June 9, 2016 8:39 AM

        I would buy an XBOne if it had DVR support. Don't want one for anything else, though.

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        June 9, 2016 10:22 AM

        No they figured it out some time ago, they just waited to tell everyone they were killing the DVD features.

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      June 9, 2016 7:58 AM

      Fucking assholes!

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      June 9, 2016 8:24 AM

      never really worked for my scenario anyway. Since I need a cable box to output the HDMI, and it already had DVR in it, using the xbone was unnecessary.

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      June 9, 2016 8:32 AM

      Next thing you know, they'll make the Xbox one play games. Crazy.

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      June 9, 2016 8:45 AM

      bummer. the scope creep on that thing was admirable, but ultimately its demise. jack of all trades master of none syndrome. does nothing well, and lacks performance compared to its peers.

      I'd rather see them split up the home gadget stuff and pick up where google is failing, and where apple is leaving holes.

      however, the cable company will still monopolize that space anyway.

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      June 9, 2016 8:49 AM


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        June 9, 2016 10:29 AM

        I agree they should have left that shit out, but the superior hardware in Ps4 hasn't been the game changer I expected.

        The experience of most cross platform games is pretty similar on both consoles. If you count pixels obviously there is a difference, but actually playing the games they look/feel very similar.

        I will be interested to see how much of a beast the upgraded Xbox One will be. They want to kill the "PS4 is more powerful" narrative.

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      June 9, 2016 8:55 AM

      what the FUCK?! I do OTA through my xbone and this is a key feature I have been eagerly anticipating. Fuck off MS.

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