Xbox One Media Remote gets outed on Amazon

Xbox One owners already enjoy a wide range of options to allow them to interact with their consoles. In addition to the ‘traditional’ controller, users can also engage via the Xbox SmartGlass app, or can alternatively direct the console by screaming at it through voice interactions or by frantically waving their arms around using gesture controls.

Curiously, however, despite the Xbox One’s aspirations of being considered an ‘all-in-one’ entertainment centre, the console does not have a dedicated remote – all the more unusual when you consider that its predecessor, the Xbox 360, has had one available to purchase for some time now.

But that looks set to change, as a Reddit user spotted a page on Amazon Canada revealing a new ‘Xbox One Media Remote’. The new remote appears to have far fewer buttons than the Xbox 360 version, with only basic navigation and media controls included.

As WPCentral reports, while the Amazon listing has since been removed, a cached version of the page remains available, revealing that the remote will be priced at $24.99 CAD (roughly $22.70 USD), along with a projected release date of March 4.

Source: Amazon Canada (cached) | via WPCentral / Reddit

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18 Comments

Jlobb2 said,
Too bad there is no green button.

next red button? oh we missed yellow button. oh why not pink button. hell I need multiple colors

Geezy said,
Different people have different preferences, might as well cover them all. (So make a Kinect-less SKU already!)

That would be the dumbest thing Microsoft could do as it would fragment their experience.

That's how I'd play anyway, so why not get me on board sooner rather than just making me wait for a huge price drop and still ditching the Kinect?

I hope this isn't the only remote, because it's massively inferior to the Xbox 360 Media Remote, which has all these features plus the Xbox 360 controller's buttons and number buttons. Strangely, the number buttons had almost no purpose on the 360, but on the Xbox One they'd be fantastic.

The number buttons were used when you used your XBOX 360 as a Media Center Extender, hence the inclusion of the Green Button, Guide, Live TV, etc.

I believe you could also use the number buttons to type like on an old mobile phone.

Ideas Man said,
The number buttons were used when you used your XBOX 360 as a Media Center Extender, hence the inclusion of the Green Button, Guide, Live TV, etc.

I believe you could also use the number buttons to type like on an old mobile phone.


Yes, I know, I phrased it poorly. Let me rephrase it: Number buttons had almost no purpose for most people in most situations on the Xbox 360 (they weren't used in any TV service apps I'm aware of, such as FiOS), whereas they would be extremely useful for an incredibly large amount of Xbox One owners.

Hey Microsoft bundle an Xbox One with one of these and you can keep the Kinect and sell it to me for $399 please thanks and you're welcome

Easy buy for me, my wife hates turning on the controller to switch to the tv app, and refuses to say xbox watch tv...

Also agree the strikeouts were not needed, wasn't funny with or without them.

I use voice control and gestures every day, and wonder why other find it so difficult. Regardless the strikeouts are a cheap shot. Just because it is easy to make fun of others, doesn't mean you should.

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