• Lewbro - January 5, 2015 1:50 p.m.

    Well, my setup is quite nice now that I have my cable tv, Bose and Tv all turning on and off at the same time via voice control, what I do miss however is the ability to set a timer for the Tv to turn on in the morning, surely a "turn Xbox on at x time" and "turn Xbox off at x time" would be an easy firmware update? Would solve a lot of parents issues too whose xboxes are staying on late once family timers expire :-)
  • petef3 - September 16, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    Although that a HDMI Pass-through may not be a easy update for Microsoft while the power is off, it may be an easier update to place a command in the system to automatically turn on the Xbox when you turn on the TV or Set-Top Box via the HDMI cable. I have seen many device such as Bluray players turn on tv and change TV Input just from the signal it sends out on the HDMI. So in this case, the non-user of Xbox just can simply turn on the TV or set-top box and TV is automatically displayed, with not knowing they needed to turn on the Xbox. It would turn on, when those devices turn on.
  • Eightboll812 - February 26, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    And Sarah/Hollander... before you expect a TV DVR, you need to study up on HDCP. HDCP is a mechanism that has a license. In that license is an agreement to not timeshift or make a copy of any protected content if you are a passthrough device. As in absolutely NO recording of any nature. You can only buffer to image process. That's why you don't see any standalone TiVos with HDMI inputs. The only HD TiVos out there are integrated with cable cards and specifically state they do not support Satellite boxes. Other legit boxes that do have HDMI inputs will tell you (usually in the fine print) that they only record broadcast TV because cable and satellite providers implement HDCP. So if you are hoping MS is going to go rogue and start recording shows for you, you might not want to hold your breath. Heck, even MS plays by the rules on Windows. Ever try to play a Blu-ray through a legacy monitor? It won't do it. Windows just will not output protected content to an analog device.
  • Eightboll812 - February 26, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    Please stop with the "tile" interface to every d@mn thing you make MS! I don't believe I ever heard one person in the history of ever, say, "Gee if I only had one common interface 'experience' for everything I own, life would be so much easier...." yet even on the MS commercials now, they promote this common "experience" as a reason to buy MS. I don't really care either if my clothes dryer has the same "experience" as my hair dryer. If you make each just simply intuitive, then no one cares whether they are all the same or not. You don't see Apple making OSX "just like" an iPhone.... Specifically, stop pushing a touch screen oriented interface onto non-touch screen devices. I don't run up to my TV and punch a tile, so why should it look like a Windows Phone? Honestly, they've got to be idiots over there in Redmond these days, or smoking something good.
  • chriszewski - February 25, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Complaining about the play-n-charge kit's price then asking for proprietary HDD options made me chuckle.
  • Ra3v3r - February 25, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    Organising apps is pretty straight forward - just pin them to home. Granted MS want you to use Kinect to find everything (and actually make it useful other than being able to shout "Xbox record that"). @dangerdunne - I'm already at 8 full installs, Battlefield 4 map packs and 150+ videos and at this moment in time I still have 143.5MB so storage is a non-issue and your arguements pretty wide of the mark. It would eventually become a problem if old games that have been traded in or sold were never uninstalled.
  • ics5j2r - February 25, 2014 3:45 a.m.

    "The Xbox One's Party and Friends systems are hilariously insufficient, which, you know, is fucking shocking considering how well they both worked last-gen." Is there any need for the cursing here?
  • SnakeinmyBoot - February 24, 2014 11:52 p.m.

    No mention of how the shoulder buttons are funky and need to be pressed just right? They fixed that horrible d pad but dropped the ball in the shoulder button department. Seeing videos of how people are supposed to press them just makes me cringe with phantom discomfort. What the xbone really needs is a to drop that stupid Kinnect from the system bundle. Developers aren't currently and will not in the future use it enough to justify adding $100 to the initial price tag. It's more than a glorified microphone and webcam, but that's how every developer is using it. The only exceptions are games like Kinnect Sports Rivals which don't appeal to much of the potential xbone customer base. It's a liability that might become a weight slowing the xbone down in the race against the PS4, if M$ doesn't untie it. Now that DVR thing sounds nice, but there's the whole external HDD and limited, un-upgradable internal HDD problem. A 30 minute episode at 720p would take up around 3GB, so the dinky 500GB internal drive would be filled quickly with mandatory installs and some DVR footage. M$ needs to release that patch for external drives and at least let third party internal drives work. It's Sata, but I wouldn't be surprised if the xbone firmware won't recognize a drive if it's not from a certain manufacturing line. I almost upgraded my 360's HDD if it wasn't for that stupid firmware block M$ put in just to charge $100 for a 20 to 100 GB drive when at the time $100 could get a 500GB 2.5 inch HDD. As for the play and charge kit, screw you M$. I can get 4 AA rechargeable cells and a charger on Amazon or Monoprice for $15 and a 6ft USB micro cable for less than $2. I got one charge and play for 360 and some third party battery paks and just kept the cable plugged in to whatever controller had a pack that couldn't hold a charge. M$ needs to stop this proprietary BS. Look at how well it's going for the Vita. This real name thing needs to go. What all friend systems need is a way for you to store your own names for your friends. If you decided to name a guy Jerkwad69 and forget his real life name that he told you ages ago that is your problem. I think it would be a great way to store details about that person in case your forget how they play or when you first met them online.
  • GoldenEagle1476 - February 24, 2014 6:12 p.m.

    Other systems and games charge money to change your username (League of Legends comes to mind). Since your gamertag is your identity, pretty much your virtual name, and is tied to everything you do on Live, it makes sense that they wouldn't want you changing it willy-nilly.
  • Bansheebot - February 26, 2014 8 a.m.

    Steam handles it just fine.
  • Evanesco - February 24, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    All I want fixed is the party and chat system. It boggles my mind how they couldn't just leave it alone. It was perfect on the 360. What was the goddamned point in changing it?
  • Shigeruken - February 24, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    It would be nice if voice commands worked at all in NZ...
  • J-Fid - February 24, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    Hey GR can I ask a question? When you guys update old articles and reuse them, can you please mention at the beginning that it's an updated article? Twice today I've read an article, only to find out it's not all entirely new, and that I've read it before. It's odd because sometimes you guys do this and other times you don't. I feel that it's a lack of integrity on your part, and an insult to my intelligence. I can't be the only person to think like this. Thank You, J-Fid
  • einhazard - February 24, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    You're not. I started on the first slide thinking "Games with Gold has been going for a few months now... oh, it's an old article."
  • BladedFalcon - February 24, 2014 8:32 p.m.

    " I feel that it's a lack of integrity on your part, and an insult to my intelligence." ...Please tell me that part is meant as a joke...
  • J-Fid - February 25, 2014 4:04 a.m.

    A bit of both. I may be exaggerating a bit, but I wanted to get the point across.
  • Vonter - February 24, 2014 2:48 p.m.

    Was the game install times fixed? Because from what I've seen that's an issue I'll like to see fixed. Also is true you can't play videos from an USB?
  • BladedFalcon - February 24, 2014 2:42 p.m.

    It's sad that all the improvements this list is asking of the Kinect 2.0, are things that supposedly would work perfectly even back with the FIRST Kinect...
  • Howletx - February 12, 2014 3:01 p.m.

    Why does GR hate batteries? Ok, it ain't enviromental, and it costs some money....but if I gotta recharge my controller, and with my forgetfulnes that would mean that my controler would be out of charge when I wanna play. You can argue that you have multiple packs, but that kinda loses your money argument, and I don't give crap 'bout the enviroment. So please, no obligatory rechargable packs. I also know that you can play whilst it charges, but the cable would not reach my favorite gaming positions.
  • Aquasol - November 28, 2013 9:57 p.m.

    To be fair, the XBO -does- have an immediate solution to memory storage, and it's the same as the Wii U's-- just plug in an external HDD.

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