Xbox One DVR Functionality Currently in Testing – Rolling Out Soon

Posted by at 1:40 pm on March 15, 2016


The Xbox One is making its next step towards becoming a full-feature living room entertainment solution, as Microsoft is reportedly testing the functionality of digital video recording (DVR) with the console, with plans to release it in a future update.

A DVR option has long been one of the most requested features for the Xbox One and Microsoft answered these requests at Gamescom 2015 when it revealed DVR functionality would be arriving in 2016. There hasn’t been any word from them since then, but it looks like Microsoft’s efforts are still on track.

“A source very close to Microsoft tells me that the software giant is now internally testing TV DVR (digital video recording) functionality for Xbox One, meaning that customers will soon be able to record live TV shows from the console,” says trusted tech blogger Paul Thurrott.

“Microsoft is now internally testing an update for Xbox One called ‘Xbox One Threshold Beta 1603 System Update,’ or th2xboxrel_1603.160308-1900,” adds the report. “This update allows the console to record freely-available OTA TV, and it even works while you’re playing games, watching live TV, or when the console is sleeping.”

For now, watching live TV using the Xbox One is currently possible for users in the United States and Canada via a Hauppauge digital TV tuner, which retails for $59.99 at the Microsoft Store.

If Thurrott’s sources prove to be accurate, however, Xbox One users will finally be able to enjoy DVR features on their console soon enough. The update would turn the Xbox One into a true entertainment solution to take over your living room, significantly boosting the appeal of the console.

DVR functionality would pair nicely with Xbox One’s already existing ability to watch TV in certain markets. The addition would the Xbox’s abilities, allowing users to record Over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts and live TV programming regardless of whether the console is in use or asleep. While it’s already possible to record content with the console, it must be done win conjunction with a cable box. If the rumor is true, you could return that cable box to the cable company and save a few bucks off your cable bill.

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