Xbox One's OneGuide TV feature may not require Xbox Live Gold after all

In August, a list of features for the Xbox One that would require a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription was revealed.  One of them was the OneGuide feature that will allow the game console to take over control of the cable or satellite TV guide features by connecting an HDMI line from a cable box to the HDMI In port of the console.

In the listing of the Xbox Live Gold features for OneGuide, Microsoft states, "Xbox Live Gold members with Xbox One can experience a customized view of what’s on TV, and see what’s trending within the Xbox Live community." Now, a new report from GameFront states that at least some of the OneGuide features may not require an Xbox Live Gold subscription after all.

The article claims that, in an interview with Microsoft Xbox exec Albert Penello during PAX Prime this weekend, he stated that Xbox One owners  “... can do the HDMI pass through" and that they can " ... do the TV guide stuff without Gold."

However, as the article points out, this would seem to be a change from what Microsoft has said in the past concerning OneGuide. It's possible that the feature that lets people see what's trending on TV in the Xbox Live community will require Gold but the basic TV guide functionality can work without it. We have contacted Microsoft for clarification on what aspects of OneGuide will require Xbox Live Gold on the Xbox One and which will be free for all owners.

Source: GameFront | Image via Microsoft

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Will Xbox One work as a Windows Media Center Extender? For those that use a PC with TV tuner to record and watch TV, we use the 360 as an extender to stream this content to TVs. Will this continue with Xbox One?

http://www.ign.com/articles/20...oft-anything-about-xbox-one

WHITTEN: Xbox One isn't a native Media Center Extender. We'll continue to work to enable more ways for everyone to get the television they want over the life of the program.

Add me to the list of Media Center folks, who are holding their $500 until MSFT definitely answers how this is going to work with my existing Win 7 HTPC. I am not a gamer and only have a Xbox 360 because of Kinetic and young neices and nephews. However, the Xbox TV UI plus my HTPC sounds like a wonderful setup which I would splurge to get first day if I could confirm this one aspect of XBox One.

lol, and they say Sony copy MS - MS have done nothing but copy Sony on everything for the xbox one policies set out.

There is no consistency with stuff that Microsoft say.

This thing will be cluttered with ads just like the rest of the dashboard. I thought it was stupid for them to put a paywall between you and a revenue stream (ads).

And people wonder why no one has any confidence in MS.

babyHacker said,
This thing will be cluttered with ads just like the rest of the dashboard. I thought it was stupid for them to put a paywall between you and a revenue stream (ads).

And people wonder why no one has any confidence in MS.

MS has stated there will be no ads on your home screen.

babyHacker said,
This thing will be cluttered with ads just like the rest of the dashboard. I thought it was stupid for them to put a paywall between you and a revenue stream (ads).

And people wonder why no one has any confidence in MS.

I don't really ever even notice the ads on the 360. Not a big deal to me. I doubt they'll throw ads on the OneGuide though, as people could just as well use HDMI passthrough and not use OneGuide.

spenser.d said,

I don't really ever even notice the ads on the 360. Not a big deal to me. I doubt they'll throw ads on the OneGuide though, as people could just as well use HDMI passthrough and not use OneGuide.


Haha no, even if there's ads, people will still use it.

n_K said,

Haha no, even if there's ads, people will still use it.

I know I will. Granted now that I actually think about it, Charter's digital guide has a banner ad in it anyways, and even if it didn't, OneGuide is going to blow it out of the water.

spenser.d said,

No, babyHacker is just speculating.


He is correct but I'd be very surprised if it did not contain a banner.
What it comes down to is that any way it is sliced, Microsoft makes money off you using it. So when I heard that it would require Gold to use I almost ROTFL. You see, ads make money and collecting and selling/analyzing user info/preferences makes money for MS. So why in the world would they make you pay in order to use a service that makes Microsoft a profit?

babyHacker said,

He is correct but I'd be very surprised if it did not contain a banner.
What it comes down to is that any way it is sliced, Microsoft makes money off you using it. So when I heard that it would require Gold to use I almost ROTFL. You see, ads make money and collecting and selling/analyzing user info/preferences makes money for MS. So why in the world would they make you pay in order to use a service that makes Microsoft a profit?

Flawed logic. I guess you've never paid for a service anywhere then?

OneGuide is very cool. Essentially it's a new GUI that combines live TV channels and app channels as well as allowing you to construct a "My Channels" view that can combine live + app channels, also has search. I find it hard to believe Apple will come out with a superior GUI to this.

Until the launch everything is in flux. I know some will come here and say "Another 180" but until everything is finalized, things will change.

MikeChipshop said,
Until the launch everything is in flux. I know some will come here and say "Another 180" but until everything is finalized, things will change.

Yeah, it's not really a 180 when the console isn't even released yet.

SuperKid said,

Yeah, it's not really a 180 when the console isn't even released yet.

It's not a 360 when it comes to the hardware but when it comes to marketing it is a 360. Microsoft guys should have planned their e3 a little bit better. They were not ready at all at e3.

I don't think it will hurt them in the end cause people forget quickly but still it's a little bit worrisome to see Microsoft fails so much at marketing lately (Zune, WP, One, w8).

MikeChipshop said,
Until the launch everything is in flux. I know some will come here and say "Another 180" but until everything is finalized, things will change.

after the reveal, someone asked larry hryb,maybe on reddit I don't remember about the tv features and xbox live,and he said tv features will not require xbox live.

I honestly think it hurt with hard-core gamers who follow these unveils and E3. But to the larger consumer base they won't even start paying attention until November. So it's just a tempest in a teapot.