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Xbox at GamesCom: backwards compatibility set for November, DVR in 2016

By Dirk Libbey
Aug 4, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="http://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2015/08/2015-08-04-image-5.png" /></p> <p>When Microsoft opened E3 just a couple months ago they caught everybody off guard by announcing they were bringing backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One. And now, at <a href="http://www.slashgear.com/xbox-one-dvr-in-2016-backwards-compatibility-in-november-04395519/">Gamescom</a> in Germany this morning, they&#39;ve followed up with a firm release window: backwards compatibility will arrive for all Xbox One users in November. The company also officially announced the long-rumored Xbox One DVR is real and will be released in 2016.</p> <p>The new DVR function will allow Xbox One owners to record live over the air broadcasts without any subscription fee, as long as they have an Xbox One digital TV tuner adapter. In addition it appears you will need to use an external hard drive to do the recording, as opposed to using the Xbox One&#39;s built-in storage. Users will be able to stream recorded TV shows to Windows 10 devices using the Xbox app, while iOS and Android devices can do the same using SmartGlass, and you can schedule recordings from any of these devices.</p> <p>We likely won&#39;t get a more specific date until very close to release, as Xbox One&#39;s monthly dashboard updates don&#39;t fit a regular schedule. The company is expecting around 100 titles to be available for backwards compatibility when the feature launches to the public, and members of the Xbox One preview program have been able to play a limited number of them since E3.</p> <p>One newly announced aspect of the backwards compatibility feature is that all games that are given away for free as part of the 360&#39;s &quot;Games With Gold&quot; program will be backwards compatible. This should essentially bump the number of free games available to Xbox One players every month.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/61632-xbox-gamescom-backwards-compatibility-set-november-dvr-2016.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='http://www.techspot.com/news/61632-xbox-gamescom-backwards-compatibility-set-november-dvr-2016.html'>http://www.techspot.com/news/61632-xbox-gamescom-backwards-compatibility-set-november-dvr-2016.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31

    Oh great, so to replace the MISSING Media Center DVR function in Windows 10 (or paid extra in Windows 8), I need to buy and Xbox one, a large external hard drive AND a TV tuner dongle.

    3 devices I don't need to replace the built in functionality that Windows 7 provided with a $25 TV tuner.

    Good ol' Satya strikes again with another 'brainwave'.

    That's why I will continue to run Windows 7 till EOL.
     
  3. Badvok

    Badvok TS Booster Posts: 122   +51

    Err, no, if all you want is a DVR there are much cheaper single box options available. Or indeed you could perhaps risk getting free software from someone other than Microsoft.
     
  4. Snowden

    Snowden TS Member Posts: 68   +31

    2 words: Integrated Feature.
     
  5. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 159   +41

    Development for WMC ended like 6 years ago. It was dead before Win 10 and Xbox One were even thought of. I can understand your devotion to WMC as there are abandoned apps that I use or wish worked with Win 10 as well, but to be honest there are better or just as good media center apps out there and which are also free such as Kodi (formerly XBMC). Kodi's live recording is superior anyway, it has great community support, extensions, and is constantly being developed. I use Kodi all the time and it is great because I can steam video to literally any device: my Xbox, my PS4, my android phone and tablet, my Linux PC, and my Windows PC. At least give it or something else a try on you Windows 7 machine and try it out. You got nothing to lose because it's free. If you already have and don't like any of them, then I dunno man, all I can say is sorry.
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2015

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