Microsoft has announced a wave of new Xbox One features designed to improve the console's TV support and system navigation.
Updates to Xbox One Smartglass will bring the full OneGuide tool to Smartglass, so you can control your TV experience with a connected tablet or phone device.
The new Smartglass OneGuide will feature a new 'recently watched channels' option. A new Smartglass universal remote will also allow users the ability to control their console, TV and set-top box from a single smart device. Users will also be able to record TV footage with DVR functionality.
These features will initially be tested with a limited beta for "select Xbox Live members by invite only in the US, Europe, and Canada".
In addition to the aforementioned features, those in Europe picked for the test will also see TV listings added to OneGuide, and Favorites and App Channels options, plus new Kinect voice commands that allow for control over set-top boxes and "other AV equipment". These features are already publicly available in US.
Microsoft has also detailed recent Smartglass updates which includes several navigational improvements, including the ability to:
- Easily navigate game options so you can quickly get to the full list of Achievements, challenges, and game clips without jumping through multiple screens.
- View recent players to find people you recently gamed with, easily add them as a friend, or issue a rematch challenge.
- Sort the Friends list by online status for a quick view of what your friends are doing.
- View your Activity Feed in a way that matches the view on your console
- Launch an app in Snap from your mobile device, and whenyou're done, simply unsnap it.
- Receive Xbox Live messaging alerts on your mobile device, making it easier to stay in touch with friends when you're on the go.
Lastly, Xbox Video has also received an update today, enabling a 'resume playback feature' across Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows 8 PCs. This means users can rent or buy Xbox Video, start playback on one device and then switch to another device and resume playback where they left off. This feature is, however, "coming soon" to Windows Phone 8 and XboxVideo.com.