How to use Xbox One and Kinect as a universal remote

A simple set-up process for new users.

The Xbox 360 let you use the Kinect to control your console and, to a limited extent, some of the menus. But the Xbox One lets you control your entire entertainment center.

If you're a new Xbox One owner and you haven't set your system up yet, the editors at CNET put together a comprehensive how-to guide to help you get started. However, the instructions note that the feature doesn't work with all TVs. They had problems setting up both the Philips 46PFL5907F7 or Sharp Elite PRO-60X5FD; you can still play games, but you'd need the regular remote to change the system's volume.

Here are the necessary set up steps, but you can check out a video walkthrough video of the setup on CNET as well.

Step one: Plug your cable or satellite box into the HDMI-in port on the back of the Xbox One, and connect your HDTV to the HDMI-out port. If you have an audio receiver, connect it to the HDMI-out port on the system, and plug the TV into the back of the receiver.

Step two: Power on the Xbox One and go to Settings, TV & OneGuide, and select the "OneGuide" option. Click on TV Lineup, enter your zip code, and choose your cable or satellite provider from the pull-down menu.

Step three: Go back to the TV & OneGuide settings and select Devices. Choose your TV's manufacturer from the pull-down menu, or select "I don't see my brand" and enter it in manually.

Step four: After choosing your brand, select Next, choose Automatic setup, and click on Send Command. If the system is able to mute your TV, you're good to go. If not, try a few more automatic commands, or select the manual setup option, which will require you to type in your TV's model number.

Step five: From the Devices menu, enter the manufacturer of your cable or satellite box, as well as your audio receiver model (if applicable).

Step six: Go back to the TV & OneGuide settings, select Power settings, and choose which devices will be turned off when the Xbox One is powered down. The console can be configured to turn off your TV, cable box, or audio receiver with the command "Xbox turn off." You can also set the Xbox One to power on all of your devices with the "Xbox on" command.

Microsoft also released a complete list of voice and gesture commands for the Kinect, in case you've been fumbling around trying to figure out what the system wants you to do or say.

For even more information about the Xbox One, check out our Xbox Launch page, where you can find hardware overviews, system Q&As, and more.

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justinhaywald

Justin Haywald

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62 comments
hystavito
hystavito

The fact that the Xbox has to be powered on will probably kill the TV thing for me in the end.  My service isn't supported yet, and when it is I will probably mess with it a little, but ultimately for many of us we simply will not want to always use the Xbox UI and won't want the extra steps to just watch TV without it.  I have a feeling there will be a lot of people who will try it, and then get tired of the extra hassle when they just want to watch TV, and decide to disconnect it.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I spent a lot less on my universal remote :P

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

TV aside, I have found something I HATE about my Xbox One....

Kinect profile sign-ins.. Sure, you can take the feature away but when I get a new product I want to try out all the features.. And this is a PAIN! It keeps signing me in to other profiles on the console thus timing me out of my online sessions.. Not only that, but servers are an absolute nightmare! I do hope it's just EA but I can't seem to find a lag free game on FIFA.. And what has happened to the feature where I could view my opponents user profiles?? ALSO! If I want to view my friends list during an online game.. I should not be forced to the 'Home Screen' which, as I found today, causes me to time-out of that online session! They have to make "Friends" snap-able.. My LAST point is  that you CAN'T restart downloaded games.. So if an issue were to occur where you had to restart it, you literally have to turn off the console.. And about turning off my console, the "Auto Timer" to shut it off doesn't seem to work.. I've woken up every day to find my Xbox One still on....

Anyway, I know I said "something" and not plural but I thought I'd share the things I dislike so far... Some are more annoying than others because they featured on the 360.. Anyway, I like my Xbox One and I hope the majority of the above are patched in later

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

You need to enter your zip code to get this feature to work?

Just another way for MS to steal some more info i suppose.

swiftshadow666
swiftshadow666

It doesn't mention that this feature is only available in the U.S.A right now.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

I set mine up, everything worked the first time, freakin sweet!

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Hey people, look, our console sucks, is slow, can't read ANY discs, has no USB support and has only one good game, but at least you can use it as a universal remote! Just follow these easy 40 steps, memorize 100 input commands and ensure that you're the only one talking in the room at the moment!

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

The video there goes on about how you have to have the Xbox One On and the external box connected up to watch Cable etc through the Xbox One...

Why can't any console manufacturer strike a deal to have the Cable type stuff build directly into their box too so we don't have to have external boxes plugged in?!

The first company to manage that with a full fledged console entertainment system could win the market imo.

northArrow
northArrow

It's great some people like these features, still seems like a waste to me. I'd still much rather use my remote than wave my hands or talk to the console. Launching the 360 with multiple versions (premium/arcade) was genius last gen. Too bad that didn't carry through to the One

Hicser03
Hicser03

Its funny all my friends who were complaining about Kinect being bundled with the console have fallen in love with the thing since getting their XB1's.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Instead of using the Xbone and Kinect as a universal remote, I think I'll just use my UNIVERSAL REMOTE, thanks.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Why do I need anything xbox one offers besides the games I have a universal controller that don't require me to yell at it and I have just about everything else already so whats the point to 90% of what the xbox one is? 10% game is all I want not the media rubbish.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Step One: plug all your devices you mistakenly thought you could stick in the loft, into the back of the xbox one 

Step Two: pay Microsoft for an xbox live membership, for the privilege of watching all the services you've already payed for

step Three: argue with friends and family what channel to watch and take bets on who xbox one is going to choose to listen to

step Four: Shout repeatedly at xbox one "just f***ing change the f***ing channel you F***ing useless piece of  s***"

step Five: come to the startling revelation that star trek style voice control just like Siri still doesn't work as advertised and isn't really as practical as simply pressing a button on a remote

step Six unplug your xbox one rewire all your set top boxes directly into the TV and just stick with your remote

step Seven  resign yourself to the fact you've just wasted an extra £80 on a slower console just to experience the novelty of saying xbox one on for two weeks

Tegorian
Tegorian

@randomkidlol No just no... are you typing from you secure bunker on a land line??  The zip code is used to determine the cable providers in the area to narrow down what the Xbox One Guide needs to be.

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@Morphine_OD ummm, your hating is lacking dude, you have to get your facts straight if you are going to do it right, just sad

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@northArrow you think differently once you try it, but hey in your case ignorance can be enjoyed I guess

fillup0
fillup0

@Hicser03 I tried it at a friends house and I'd rather just use the controller man. It's pretty cool I guess but it's not even as good as stuff like Google Now, it's too sterile. Also they clearly didn't focus on the games because they look meh.

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

@Thanatos2k Good luck with that when it sinks into the abyss that is "the crack between the couch cushions."

blackace
blackace

@Wrathesoul Until you lose the universal remote. lol!! Also, it's not mandatory that you hook it to your cable TV. I'm not hooking mine to cable TV. I've been playing XBox One games every day since the system launched. lol!!  I like the voice commands for the system once I memorize all the commands. The Redeem Code using voice and Kinect to input the code is brilliant. Takes less then 10 secs to do.

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

@Wrathesoul While i am not for or against the xbox one (well technically i was against it). But i must say voice control is still something i wish to integrate at home and setup X-10 etc. 1. because its cool, and 2. there has been time where i just want to turn off the tv or console without having to look for a bloody remote.

tjkraz
tjkraz

@de-astroturfer Two words:  Snap mode.  Greatest innovation in this generation of gaming consoles. 

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@killafolston you lie, Resogun and Flower are even more critically acclaimed than the only good game xbone has.

West123
West123

@UNCStriker88 @Morphine_OD so what your saying is hating is the telling the truth?...i thought these things were random...just nonsense people say... like the graphics are so much better on the PS4

northArrow
northArrow

@UNCStriker88 I like how you Xbots like to call everyone ignorant if we don't fall in love with every little gimmick or hassle Microsoft comes up with. You guys really make the Sony fans look classy. Some of us adults have preferences, maybe the Kinect features are cool, but are they worth $100? Not to me.

DawgByte2
DawgByte2

@FAIL_TR0LL @Thanatos2k Exactly... and yes, damn cushions, regardless of your couch, I still manage to lose it inbetween, under, or behind the couch. 

Controlling everything by voice/controller is a lot easier. I wonder if it'll allow you to change inputs, too... such as if you have a USB input on your TV & want to watch what's on that (obviously blu-ray & CATV inputs aren't needed since it's all feeding thru the X-1). 

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

@sofalover @Wrathesoul @sofalover Your immaturity and lack of a basic IQ is a inspiration to none. Go grow up and try to be a big boy instead of a mouthy runt. If my wording is too mature for you go ask mommy.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

@y2jarmyofficial none of the AAA games on XBone are better than at least ONE of the two crappy indie games with a tiny budget, that's THE definition of an epic fail.

killafolston
killafolston

Fanboys are that way in general, including yourself, if everyone else doesn't like the console that a fanboy likes, they're considered ignorant.... No such thing as a classy fanboy...... Fanboys are just stupid!!!!

northArrow
northArrow

@UNCStriker88 Nowhere in my post did I say anything hateful, all I said is that I don't want these features and would prefer another option. I don't have to drive a dump truck to know I don't want to buy one either. My God you have a lot of growing up to do

UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@northArrow you talk from a standpoint of ignorance, you really have no clue about any of the features and how it works and you have never tried it, it is stupid to be such a hater when you are ignorant

northArrow
northArrow

@DawgByte2 @FAIL_TR0LL @Thanatos2k I continue to be surprised by how many Gamespot posters claim to lose their remotes. In my 37 years of life I've never lost a remote, and I never considered that an accomplishment. What the hell are you people doing in your living rooms?

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

@sofalover @northArrow Looks like the attention seeking child trapped in a adults body has tried to speak again and once again the words he speaks are nothing more then mindless banter at best. I am guessing his negativity about such a petty thing as a universal remote must be linked some how to the face he has none as they are probably up his crumb covered arse.


UNCStriker88
UNCStriker88

@Wrathesoul @sofalover somehow you are linking a high IQ with a lack of want, ummm I guess when they were giving out brains you must have thought they said rain and ran away

northArrow
northArrow

@sofaloverInteresting you assume the problem isn't your low IQ and obvious immaturity. For being bored you put an awful lot of attention to his posts. Humanity would be so much better off without people like you polluting the gene pool.

sofalover
sofalover

@Wrathesoul  Interesting you assume the reasons for my disinterest in you possessing a universal remote are attributed to IQ and emotional maturity rather than you being a boring pillock.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@blackace @de-astroturfer @immortality20 Is that your definition of Trolling, saying some home truths about the xbox ones TV strategy in a light hearted manner, ohhh I forgot it could be construed as anti Microsoft, obviously only pro Microsoft representatives are allowed to post on internet forums, we wouldn't want the general public / potential Microsoft customers to know the truth or hear any opinions counter to your own would we !