One of the most pushed features of the new Xbox One is its ability to control your television and we were given a very American view of that last night with the ESPN and other weird American shows that I can’t remember.
But what about us in here in deepest darkest Africa? Will I still need to swap between different HDMI inputs when swapping between watching Liverpool dominate on DSTV to dominating in Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox One?
Well according to a pretty Xbox One press release that arrived on my media stick last night… no we won’t. According to the press release the Xbox One has been designed to work with all types of TV interfaces and specifically states
Navigate and watch live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box through your Xbox One Microsoft is committed to bringing live TV through various solutions to all the markets where Xbox One will be available.
There is a caveat though, the voice technology will still only be supported in certain countries so there is still no confirmation that we will be able to use it locally with a South African store account. and unfortunately, in the same press release, Microsoft has confirmed that all those cool Tv features will only be available in North America at launch – so who knows how long it’ll take for them to work here, if at all.
My current Xbox is setup as a UK console and the voice commands work acceptably there… but then again I am of English descent. Also remember this is what a press release has said, we have no solid proof that this will in fact work.
Last Updated: May 22, 2013