Microsoft hopes to encourage would-be cable cutters to make the switch. The tech giant recently announced the Xbox One TV Tuner in the United States and Canada.
The tuner retails for $59.99, and it allows Xbox owners to watch live television through their Xbox One. The popular game console allows users to pause live television up to 30 minutes as well as watch programming in a smaller window on the right side of the screen so gamers can simultaneously watch TV and play games.
The ultimate goal for Microsoft
Microsoft’s ultimate goal is to turn the Xbox into a solid entertainment device. The current game console already offers a variety of paid television options including Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and HBO Go.
The new Xbox One TV tuner requires an HDTV antenna to work, and the Microsoft Store is selling both devices together in a bundle for $99.99.
The live television viewing feature has already been available in other countries for quite some time now. With a large influx of people cutting their cable cords and subscribing to television alternatives, it was time to make a gadget to add network channels to complete the entertainment experience. Microsoft seeks to deliver an unparalleled entertainment experience to all.
Windows 10 for Xbox One
Windows 10 is also set to come out later this summer, and there will be a version for Xbox One. However, the integration won’t take place until later. The company’s lead for Xbox Phil Spencer clarified the program will go through beta testing before public release. Highlights of the upcoming program include game streaming and cross-platform play. The latter is a handy feature that enables Xbox gamers and PC gamers to play together.
Microsoft aims to generate excitement for it’s products. Since the personal computer is no longer the primary means of technology, Microsoft has to look for ways to bring the Windows experience to everyone.