Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson), Microsoft director of programming for Xbox Live, has confirmed that a media remote for the Xbox One is in the pipeline. Leaked via Amazon Canada earlier this month, the controller will retail for $24.99 and arrive in early March according to a blog post on the matter.
Much like the media remote for the Xbox 360, the Xbox One model will allow users to control media on the device without having to use the wireless controller. That controller, however, is unfortunately not compatible with the new Xbox One – a fact that Microsoft pointed when the console was first revealed in May 2013.
According to Hryb, the Xbox One media remote lets uses control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video. It features a dedicated OneGuide button that provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide.
It’s said to feature a familiar design with a soft, silicone finish that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Once picked up, the motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate so you can use it in even the darkest of rooms – perfect for content consumption, no doubt.
Hryb also points out that the controller can be used in conjunction with Kinect to control TV / receiver power and volume via infrared.
The controller will be available in the US and in stores around the world starting next month.