Xbox One DVR control and OneGuide coming to SmartGlass

Microsoft announces extensive updates to Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Video services.

The OneGuide UI for SmartGlass

In a blog post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft today announced a series of updates for its Xbox SmartGlass and Xbox Video services that the company hopes will improve the "all-in-one" nature of the Xbox One.

First, Microsoft is adding a range of new SmartGlass features that promise to make it easier for users to navigate various Xbox One applications and services. With the latest Xbox One SmartGlass update, you can, per Microsoft's words:

  • 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 when you’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.

You can download the free Xbox One SmartGlass app for iOS and Android today.

Microsoft is also allowing select Xbox Live users in the United States, Europe, and Canada try out new OneGuide features that are "designed to improve the TV experience" on Xbox One. Users chosen to participate in the beta will see:

  • An enhanced TV watching experience (that’s already available in the U.S.), which sees TV listings added to OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels. This will work for people in Europe and Canada who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in.
  • More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channels.
  • New Kinect voice commands in Europe and Canada (already available in the U.S.) which let you control your set-top box and other AV equipment.

These features will be released publicly later in the year, Microsoft said.

Switching to Xbox Video, beginning this week users can rent or buy a movie from Xbox Video, start watching on one screen and then pick up exactly where they left off on another. This feature is coming later to Windows Phone 8 and XboxVideo.com users.

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92 comments
ohara1974
ohara1974

More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channe......


i like this.....its almost like a slingbox...........that would make the xbox one pretty cool if you could access your cable box from smart glass.....


theKSMM
theKSMM

....or you can skip the whole TV pass-through and just use the console to play games.

jdrake1772
jdrake1772

Just keeps adding to what makes the xbox better now and what puts this ahead of the ps4, has the best exclusives so far( titanfall forza and dead rising, until uncharted comes out) and the extras r just icing on the cake

Caanimal
Caanimal

What a minute, wasn't someone BIG over at Xbox JUST saying they were going to focus more on the "core gaming" aspect of the console???  Yet here they are, shoe horning more BS stuff that isn't really needed into their "gaming console"...



micro&soft, you so funny!!!!!!



At least I got a good laugh out of today...

YD_11
YD_11

Xbox One always improving. Good to see

HAWKLANDER
HAWKLANDER

I thought that the Kinect was supposed was supposed to replace things like SmartGlass ????

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

We still need the ability to default the bootup to TV.  My family despises the One, having to navigate either the menus or Kinect just to watch television.   If they can't fix this i won't be able to use the TV pass through much longer. 

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

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VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

This is good news, frankly, because the current XBox One Smartglass app is a complete load of $#%^$%^.

fastharry
fastharry

very nice.....PS4 could do this but they're operating system can only do games and operate a  motion controller that reads inputs from gaystation basement dwellers jerkin' it..

skipper847
skipper847

Nothing on TV I just buy Box Sets every other month and my latest is Fringe.

enoslives7
enoslives7

Microshit wants people to pay monthly fees to watch TV....on their TV.

berserker66666
berserker66666

PS4 releases more gaming contents, Xbone releases more TV TV TV.

chikenfriedrice
chikenfriedrice

Smartglass is cool.....I can control my apps and internet with my phone when my controller is put away and if I don't want to wake up my baby by talking to the xbox.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

No, we want console to play games, they said


We have Netflix and Skype on iPad and iPhone, they said.

tomservo51
tomservo51

sounds as useful as my direct TV app that I never use.

spilly42
spilly42

@Caanimal  He said he was going to be more game-focused, this update which has been in the works before his promotion, doesn't go against that. He said they will continue improving all-in-one features, but focussing more on core gaming.

stickybun
stickybun

@YD_11  It is actually good to see. You could argue that some of the features should have been there day one… but every update has improved the interface and functionality.

Dissentioncc
Dissentioncc

Lol xbone fails at tv too huh? Not surprised.

brian_da_carrot
brian_da_carrot

Yeah, not only that, but the Xbox puts various size blackout boxes around my non-HD channels and I have a very nice new Panasonic Plasma. My TV never does this without the Xbox pass, and my kids don't want to resize it manually every channel change and neither do I. Needs a fix.

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@the_real_VIP  


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NO EXCLUSIVES      NO EXLCUSIVES     NO EXCLUSIVES           NO EXCLUSIVES 


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So now what? You would say that hardware is a good point of buying a PS4? No thanks, I have my PC for that. "No, but we PS4 is better cause it's selling more", ok, so now number of sells tells you that the product is good? McDonalds sell a lot of Big Mac, it is good? 


TravLadin
TravLadin

@fastharry  gaystation basement dwellers jerkin' it ROTF LMAO..  A touch pad.... LMAO... and what about the cheap shoe string with a earbud that they call a mic.. They should have kept that ish... the mic and the touch pad... I think they were taking a jab at innovation.. with the mic and touch pad..


triton1977
triton1977

@enoslives7 PoS4 has the same amount of TV features except you have to buy a Vita to get Vita TV.
And you still have to push buttons and shit like 20 years ago to do that.

xtimmy1
xtimmy1

If you don't have or want a subscription with your new console you are a freakin cave man living in the caveman days. Get real

Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

@enoslives7  you're pretty uneducated about the features of Xbox Live Gold membership aren't you?

n3rdy909
n3rdy909

@berserker66666 its called a home entertainment system..so why wouldnt it push apps..hell..we are already ahead of ps4 on game launches

cherublvl99
cherublvl99

@TravLadin  They don't know the meaning of inovation

xtimmy1
xtimmy1

The ps4 people do seem to be obsessed with anime, maybe they just like Japanesey things. Japanese culture seems so freaky to me.

TravLadin
TravLadin

@andfx8 @TravLadin @cherublvl99  Like Ps4's for pimple faces 20 year olds in there parents basements gaming alone in the dark... playing a japanese Anime hunting butterflies.