The Xbox One may become a DVR by the end of the year

Sean Michael

Xbox One

With the death of Windows Media Center comes the death of another way to record television. But not all hope is lost. According to Paul Thurrott, the Xbox One is set to gain the ability to DVR television.

“Microsoft’s solution for this need will apparently be the Xbox One, though the console currently only provides live TV watching, but not recording. My sources tell me that will change, and most probably this year, to include TV recording.”

DVRs are a mainstay in many homes and if the Xbox One truly is adding that ability it is quite a feather in its cap. With a digital TV tuner the Xbox One can currently pause live television for half an hour but at the moment it’s not a full DVR. Hopefully if this does happen it will work well with expandable storage. Recording TV can take up quite a bit of space.

It may have taken a few years but the Xbox One is getting close to fully supplanting any other device in your living room. It’s recently gained Miracast support, digital TV tuners (new to some countries), and according to Thurrott’s sources will soon be a DVR. It’s even gained some premium channels without cable through Sling TV.

Xbox One OneGuide

Add those to the already supported applications, Kinect voice controls, OneGuide for cable and over-the-air television (depending on your area), and the fact that it’s a gaming console, and you have yourself a living room behemoth capable of taking the large brunt of your entertainment load.

In addition to all those, there’s a long list of apps that may come to the Xbox One through Windows 10. At Build Microsoft showed off how USA Today took their news application and made a video only USA Today Xbox One app in an hour.

Hopefully this turns out to be true and hopefully it happens sooner rather than later.