Microsoft officially announces Xbox One Media Remote

While the Xbox One Media Remote got revealed prematurely last week thanks to an Amazon.com page leak, today Microsoft officially announced its plans to release the newest accessory for its latest game console. The remote control will go on sale globally in early March, with U.S. residents paying $24.99 for the device.

The Xbox Wire website has more details on the Media Remote, which Microsoft says has a "soft, silicone finish". It offers users control over both streaming video from the console as well as Blu-ray movie discs. The top of the remote contains both Back and OneGuide buttons, the latter of which lets users access movies and TV shows via the Xbox One's Program Guide. 

The Media Remote also controls the television's power and volume via the Kinect add-on and its IR blaster feature. Microsoft adds, "As soon as you pick up the remote, the motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate, allowing it to be used in the darkest of rooms while playing games, watching TV shows, movies and more." Basically, the remote is designed to be a replacement for the Xbox One's controller if you use the console more as an entertainment set-top box than a gaming machine.

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It looks very nice. Great for people that don't want to use their phone for _everything_.

Nice and clean and not gaudy by any means. My PS3 remote is cool and all but this looks much nicer for a media device.

I would still like to see the companion app updated to work as a better media remote. The current app is not a pleasant experience when used as a paired remote.

The previous remote NEEDED that stuff, this one doesn't because a lot of the features work differently than that console did, whereas the remote isn't needed for that stuff. Hence why this is called a "Media Remote".... to control MEDIA.

Exactly. This thing looks like a $4.99 universal pos you find at a flea market. The remote I have for my Alarm clock/HD radio looks more advanced than this.

Thanks, but no thanks Microsoft. As I don't have cable TV, I need a remote to control my TV's volume, and this doesn't cut it. Ah well.

You know what would be an awesome addition to a "Media Remote"? How about Xbox One supporting Windows Media Center! Actually I like the previous black Media Remote better except it lacked a STOP button. Microsoft... always sooo close, but....

surprised for a media device that it took so long to get a remote going, i got so cheesed off with the xbox controller the other day that i nearly unplugged the xbox1 and put the ps3 back there as the bluetooth remote was excellent on that thing.

Cover up the Kinect sensors with tape? The built-in microphone should then still work even without the other sensors.

Aeyoun said,
Cover up the Kinect sensors with tape? The built-in microphone should then still work even without the other sensors.

Does tape block an IR sensor? Ideally the remote would have a button you press to issue verbal commands and not an always active mic but that's just me dreaming. There is not a chance I would plug the Kinect in unless at some point I actually bought a motion game like a dance game in which case I'd plug it in the play the game then disconnect it when I was done. Really I can't see myself buying a dance game at all but who knows what game developers will do in the future with Kinect, maybe they'll eventually come up with something I actually want.

Asmodai said,

Does tape block an IR sensor?

It depends on the thickness and/or colour of tape. What you could do is cut out a square of cardboard about the thickness of a cereal box, and tape it to the front of the Kinect over the camera and/or sensors with black tape, that'll stop it in its tracks

Tidosho said,

It depends on the thickness and/or colour of tape. What you could do is cut out a square of cardboard about the thickness of a cereal box, and tape it to the front of the Kinect over the camera and/or sensors with black tape, that'll stop it in its tracks


rofl, I think I'll stick with leaving it in the box.

I heard about this a week ago. Thought that “I would never want this”. Somehow I ended up pre-ordering it today anyway.

Aeyoun said,
I heard about this a week ago. Thought that “I would never want this”. Somehow I ended up pre-ordering it today anyway.

Haha, nice! Impulse buying's great! Like my missus the other day, she saw a pair of shoes, and bought them "because they might go with a future dress, and they're cute!". A future dress she might never buy, another pair of cute shoes to look nice in the wardrobe! And she goes mad at me for having 3 pairs of rugby boots

Why doesn't it have numbers on it? If it's for media, and I assume to supplement the TV experience, then why would I want to scroll through a huge list of channels rather than simply punching in the channel's number?

Related to this point, if I had a large video library, why not allow me to push the numbers to select letters to jump to places in my library by name?

Windows Media Center does all of this, as does the XBOX 360 via WMC, so to me, this seems like a massive step backwards.

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