Microsoft ends TV channel list functionality on Xbox

Microsoft is phasing out functionality that allows TV channel listings through the Xbox One operating system. Game owners have until the May update to access cable TV service programming through Xbox. The feature was part of the company’s efforts to gain more audience by offering tools that centralized the use of video games in the living room.

Anyway, the previous generation console still allows access to TV or other video device via HDMI input. For those unfamiliar with the feature, it is possible to access any video device, even a PlayStation, using the port.

About cutting the channel listing, Jonathan Hildebrant, from Microsoft, explains that the choice was made based on customer feedback and that the company is constantly evolving the user experience. The post, written in Xbox Wire, also reinforces that the official USB adapters for watching TV in the video game continue to function normally.

Adapters for watching TV on Xbox One are very useful. With one of them, the user can play while watching television in PIP (Picture-in-Picture), rewind any programming within 30 minutes and even pause a program to play and return to where you left off later. In addition, it is possible to stream the TV program that is running in the video game to a compatible mobile device, also with the functionality to pause and rewind.

The new generation of consoles from Microsoft doesn’t have HDMI input and doesn’t have as many adapters and devices as the previous models. Anyway, taking into account the company’s history, new releases compatible with the latest devices should arrive in the coming years.

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