Last year at Gamescom, Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed the Xbox One would get DVR capabilities for Over-the-Air (OTA) broadcasts.
The feature had a great deal of promise. The Xbox One can already connect to OTA TV tuners to display broadcast TV channels right in OneGuide. But with the proposed update you could set your Xbox One to record TV shows in advance and rewatch them on your Xbox One or other Windows 10 Devices. The tuner would turn the Xbox One into an even more compelling option for those looking to cut the cord with their TV cable providers.
We’ve decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10. We’re always listening to fan feedback and we look forward to bringing more requested experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Xbox Live this year.
On the one hand, it makes sense to put the program on hold. The Xbox One took a lot of flak from the gaming community when it launched because its features were not focused on what gamers want. And ever since, sales have paled in comparison to the runaway success of Sony’s PlayStation 4.
And Microsoft has plenty gaming-focused Xbox projects in the pipeline to concentrate on between the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Xbox Play Anywhere and Project Scorpio, to name a few. But if you feel that the Xbox team shouldn’t neglect full OTA DVR capability for the Xbox One, now is your time to be heard.
We listen. We look at that User Feedback site on a regular basis and try and respond to what people want the most. I wouldn’t rule it out entirely, over time.
So, there is still hope that OTA-DVR capability could make its way to the Xbox One in a timely fashion, but only if enough people are requesting this non-gaming focused feature. To make your voice heard, you can head over to the Xbox Uservoice page and vote on a request for Xbox One OTA DVR.