When Microsoft launched the Xbox One one of the headline features was the TV integration services including OneGuide. OneGuide is a central EPG which you can view on your Xbox One but so far it has only been available to US Xbox users. Starting from today Xbox Live members on the preview program in Europe and Canada can try out OneGuide with it being rolled out to all users in the next few months.
With the update you will be able to view the OneGuide on your Xbox One alongside Favourites and App Channels. You can also control your TV set top box from the Xbox One including Kinect voice controls. So you will be able to set up new recordings and watch content from the Xbox or the SmartGlass app. I am looking forward to giving this a try, since the last update the HDMI pass through quality has been vastly improved and OneGuide could make the integration worth setting up.
Previewing System Updates: OneGuide and SmartGlass Updates in More Markets
So in addition what you can do today, we also want to explore some new ideas. That’s why we’re making a range of new features available to select Xbox Live members by invite only in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Designed to improve the TV experience on Xbox One, the features bring elements of OneGuide to new markets, and they add OneGuide and universal remote control to Xbox SmartGlass.
Those select Xbox Live members will see:
An enhanced TV watching experience (that’s already available in the U.S.), which sees TV listings added to OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels. This will work for people in Europe and Canada who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in.
More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channels.
New Kinect voice commands in Europe and Canada (already available in the U.S.) which let you control your set-top box and other AV equipment.