Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Coming to Europe

Microsoft to release adapter this October in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK; lets you watch free-to-air programming without changing inputs.

Microsoft will release a digital TV tuner adapter for the Xbox One this year in Europe in a bid to expand the system's live TV features to more markets. Set to launch this October in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK, the adapter will plug into a USB port, allowing users to bypass a cable or satellite set-top box connected through the HDMI-In port.

The Xbox One digital TV tuner adapter will be able to pick up free-to-air DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C standards. Basically, the new Xbox One digital TV tuner lets users watch these channels without changing inputs. In the same way that it works via HDMI passthrough, you can also pause live TV, use Snap mode, see listings via OneGuide, and receive game notifications.

If you have Kinect, you can make channel selections using your voice. Microsoft's new Xbox One digital TV tuner is similar to Sony's discontinued PlayTV device, which let you watch, pause, and record digital free-to-air TV on a PlayStation 3. Sony has not announced a similar device for the PlayStation 4.

The Xbox One Digital TV tuner will be available beginning late October in the UK for ₤24.99 ($42), and in France, Italy, Germany, and Spain for €29.99 ($40). Microsoft did not say if it plans to release the device in other European regions or in other markets.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

83 comments
hyco24
hyco24

Ugh what does this have to do with Dragon Age: Inquisition? 

sgtpepper1806
sgtpepper1806

In theory, if I plugged my Mega Drive or Super Nintendo into this, would it be upscaled to HD?

Four_down_18
Four_down_18

get with the times europe, can you spell HDMI?


kenmaster239
kenmaster239

Lets keep complaining about how the Xbox1 is steadily creating a nice, nice list of features. What is wrong with people?? I dont get it! What is wrong with having a TON of options rather than just playing games??  Please, someone comment how the PS4 is ohh sooo superior with the Xbox1 now producing games at 1080p/60fps, too.  So the xbox can do 1080p/60fps AND do a whole ton of other things!  The PS fans complain about not having choices...welllll sony isnt giving you guys a choice, other than ONLY games and MS is the one not giving people options? LMAO!

Tranula
Tranula

I would have bought this if it came with a set of 4 ft rabbit ears.

beerswagger
beerswagger

JUNK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merseyak
Merseyak

The xbox is a fail as a games console this will become more apparent than ever next year so i guess they have to go with what they got you know what though i wouldn't be surprised if next year they released an updated xbox console to match the spec of the ps4 imagine all them happy xbox owners faces lol

hystavito
hystavito

"the new Xbox One digital TV tuner lets users watch these channels without changing inputs"

...in 480p at 15 frames per second :)

Seriously though, I guess this is might decent idea to keep people within the Xbox One interface.  I wonder how common pay-TV is in those markets though.  All that special TV stuff still doesn't support those Euro services, so at least with those people they are not likely to want to watch OTA or free cable on the Xbox One, then have to switch over for their paid stuff, especially when their TVs or STBs would already receive the free broadcasts in addition to the paid.

daviz88
daviz88

FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......................TV.

gajbutler
gajbutler

If this doesn't come with the remote then it fails.

zintarr
zintarr

Meanwhile the NSA is chanting "all your base are belong to us"

mr_nee
mr_nee

lol wut???? It doesn't have DVB-T tuner? And now you can't use smart card?? So much for al in one TV entertainment -- this product has written failure all over it

alaannn
alaannn

thats a good device is there a channel list 

starfox15
starfox15

This is a neat option and I'm glad video game companies are thinking about this. "Cord cutting" has been going on for a while now and this option is definitely a move in the right direction.  Kudos to Microsoft.  Now can we get it in the US please?

MrACRedwine
MrACRedwine

If I played XB1 games on a PC monitor instead of a HDTV, I'd grab one. Beyond that I have no use for one of these.

adders99
adders99

We need this in Australia!!! Most people use free to air TV, but of course we get shafted like usual!

rogerpdaultry
rogerpdaultry

Very interesting! Never thought they'd release something like this. I enjoy TV through my Xbox. Voice control is pretty nifty.

xcollector
xcollector

This could be good for OTA XBOTs if MS adds a PVR feature. Otherwise its really a waste of money unless your TV doesn't already have a OTA HD Tuner.

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

I thought MS was going to be more "gamer-focused" now.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Might as well bundle the kinect again and bring back the DRM.

quicktim3
quicktim3

whats everyones problem, they're giving people more options.

chippiez
chippiez

@sgtpepper1806 Upscaled as in stretched and blurred, sure.  There would be no multisampling cubic resize going on with any pixels.  And since those systems outputted in 4:3, things would just be butt ugly. 

oflow
oflow

@Merseyak no what will happen next year is people will start to see the xbox lineup is better than ps4s'.  you'll start to feel the burn when sony exclusives that already arent arent scheduled to release til 2015 get pushed back to late 2015 or even 2016, with people that bought a ps4 waiting 2 years for a decent exclusive.

sony hoodwinked you all by making a high powered indie machine with a bunch of ps3 remakes. Not only that but most of the ps4 games arent even really running in 1080p.

specs arent what makes a console great, games do.

sony fans blah blah blah about specs because they have nothing else to talk about but specs, that and how bad the x1 sucks.

Just look at the mouthfrothing and jealousy in the Sunset Overdrive exclusivity article.

Come 2015 we shall see Renly. We shall see.

Look to your sins Sony fanb0y, the night is dark and full of indies.

alightningboldt
alightningboldt

I play my Xbox one much more than my ps4. For me, the PS4 is the fail so far. Then again I don't give a crap how many they have sold. Sales mean nothing to someone who has both.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Merseyak A console with many games and support for the next 7-8 years can never be a fail.

And your analysis is a big fail since the X1 is technically just fine...i think its the idea (updated console) only you like,probably to make fun of it.

Also,you must be new in the console gaming...otherwise you would know that in every generation of various consoles,there was differences between them.

They had strenght and weaknesses but the gamers back then(without internet and with comon sense) didnt gave a fcuk as long they had great games to play.


Shilleto
Shilleto

@hystavito it can play 4k videos  i know in Australia paytv boxes use hdmi now but free to air is still that cable

sammoth
sammoth

@gajbutler  Reading comprehension FAIL.

"Microsoft will release a digital TV tuner adapter for the Xbox One this year in Europe in a bid to expand the system's live TV features to more markets."

iammcgruber
iammcgruber

@zintarr Yes, because MS and NSA work together....you can take off the tinfoil now.

sammoth
sammoth

@starfox15  Have to agree not all of us pay for cable but, have basic TV setups.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@xcollector

It is actually very useful for those who don't run their One through a standard TV. Many people like myself have a home theater setup and run their console through a projector. Others may use monitors with no tuner. 

blackace
blackace

@daikkenaurora12 It's not called the "All-In-One for nothing. Games are still the main focus, but Microsoft (and Sony) what to capture casual gamers other entertainment interests as well.

blackace
blackace

@HonorOfGod The Kinect is still bundled. lol!! They sell both Mr. Clueless. DRM is dead.

Tranula
Tranula

@sladakrobot @Merseyak  both systems are so early into their life span, all we can do is speculate.  but as far as numbers go, the PS4 edges out the XBOXUno in raw power.

russell210
russell210

@sammoth @charlesswann @rogerpdaultry Ditto.  Mine works 95% of the time but you can't have outside noise distractions.  It's funny when my wife starts her high pitch voice it doesn't understand her... just like me :)