Xbox One Getting Free TV DVR Functionality in 2016, Chatpad Announced

Long-awaited feature coming next year; new chatpad accessory compatible with all Xbox One controllers arrives in November.

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Today during Microsoft's Gamescom briefing, the company announced that the Xbox One is getting full TV DVR functionality next year. This is not much of a surprise, as it was heavily rumored back in May.

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Currently, the Xbox One allows users to watch live TV, but the system itself does not support recording functionality. Instead, that process is handled by your existing cable box.

That's all changing in 2016, however, when the new TV DVR functionality for Xbox One goes live.

Microsoft's Mike Ybarra stressed that the TV DVR functionality will not negatively impact the overall Xbox One technical performance. Xbox One TV DVR will also work with the Xbox App SmartGlass app to allow users to schedule recordings on the go.

Xbox One TV DVR even works with Windows 10, allowing you to watch your recordings on a PC or any other connected device. The service will be available subscription-free next year.

Also during Microsoft's Gamescom briefing, the company announced a new Xbox One chatpad accessory. It works with all Xbox One controllers and will launch in November for $35.

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