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Xbox One Media Remote leaked by Amazon Canada, coming early March

Xbox One Media Remote

Looking for another way to control your new Xbox One? You already have a few options out of the box. You can do things like use your voice, gestures, Xbox One controller or any SmartGlass-enabled device. It looks like Microsoft is adding a new device called the Xbox One Media remote as another input and navigation option.

The accessory was spotted on Amazon Canada, but quickly pulled. Thankfully there’s a cached page floating around the interwebs. In it we see that the Xbox One Media Remote is expected to come around March 4, 2014. The device will presumably go up for pre-order sometime between now and then. It’ll retail for CDN $24.99 (which is about $22.70 USD).

There’s no description on the page of what the Xbox One Media Remote does, but we probably don’t have to stretch our imaginations too much to figure out what this does. The Xbox 360 already has a comparable media remote that allows you to control the Xbox 360’s dashboard, DVD, CD, and media playback. It’s also useful for navigating and controlling the media functions of other apps like Netflix, HBOGO (please come to Xbox One already!), Hulu Plus, ESPN and others. We’re going to go out on a limb and say the Xbox One Media Remote will be very similar in functionality.

We’ll let you know when Microsoft does officially announce the accessory. Maybe it’ll come with the Xbox One Stereo Headset and Stereo Headset adapter?  

In the meantime, let us know if you’d use a device like this or stick to using SmartGlass on your Windows Phone.

Source: Google Cache Via: Reddit

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MoggSquad says:

Hope this works better than the harmony simple w/ hub remote. 20% of my directional inputs are registered 2x causing skips. Logitech has not been able to fix this.

stui83 says:

I feel your pain, mine registers three times so at least if I select something it deselects and then reselects it anyways. Good luck

gamo62 says:

I'm using the Harmony Ultimate with no issues.

peterfares says:

Logitech's Harmony remotes are an awesome idea but they have this TERRIBLE maximum transmit rate and command buffering issues. Any dumb remote can send commands very quickly and most newer electronics can accept IR commands pretty damn fast, too. But Harmony remotes are stuck in the year 2000 and will only transmit 1 command every ~400ms. If you press a button 10 times very quickly it will send the commands off once every 400ms, taking 4 seconds to send commands where you could have pressed it 10 times in 1 second. This works very differently to most remotes (they'll just drop commands which are input too fast) and no one is used to it. I hate it, I can't use Harmony remotes. I love their features though, backlight, programmable LCD, motion sensor to wake up, etc. 

felickz says:

Now that you say it, when I use my harmony I go into slow mo old folk style

If you assign the Xbox to only the harmony hub and not handheld remote the duped command issue is fixed.

Shobiz says:

Remembering my launch Xbox 360 came with one of these. The good old days.

stui83 says:

And the 360 can play from a USB hard drive. It seems Microsoft are taking the Apple approach and trying to force the consumer into there own media ecosystem. Smart business but a sad result for the consumer who forks out 500 for an all-in-one device which can't play a song off a thumb drive. Sickening, just sickening.

Nataku4ca says:

i seem to recall them saying that function is coming in one of the update, they just couldn't stick it in in time?

stui83 says:

I don't buy that excuse in anyway whatsoever, its like saying we will supply fridges in the lunch room next financial year, in the meantime feel free to use our vending machines. The xbone is more pc than it is console, the function has most likely been turned off. It is as simple for Microsoft to add USB support to the xbone as it is for a business to buy a fridge. I call shenanigans. By the time they support USB, 35% of users will be hooked on their subscription media service. Its a clever trick.

The very first Xbox came with one too. THATS nostalgia ;)

Rug says:

It also came with the ability to connect up with Windows Media Center. I know I'm in the minority here, but this would get me to only having the Xbox one and a tv. Well, as soon as Titanfall comes out, so I can put away the 360.

The only reason I dont own a Xbox One is the lack of Media Center support.  The whole home cablecard/360 home cable system is amazing.  And it saves me from having a cable box on every tv to get HD from Comcast.  Plus I get 8 tuners for 1$ a month in rental fees.  Vs.  18 for a cable box.

simphf says:

No it didn't. It was an add-on.

Only the Windows Phone community would be so petty as to actually correct that. -.- You know what I mean.
 

blackhawk556 says:

I would prefer this over smartglass. Smart glass loads very slow on my 1020 & 1520. I think it loads a tad bit faster on my Nexus 7. How ironic.

Sam Sabri says:

I haven't had any troubles with SmartGlass on my Windows Phone or Windows 8 devices. I could def. see the remote being good for family members who aren't as tech savvy and want to navigate the Xbox One in a familiar manner. 

MoggSquad says:

That's the issue I'm having with my g/f.  I use a Logitech Harmony remote w/ hub and programmed it to sign in my account and launch tv for when she wants to watch tv except there's a bug where harmony remote randomly double register directional presses causing my commands to overshoot.  Half the time she ends up in the friends hub or somewhere else and doesn't know what to do if Im not around. 

I worked with Logitech with no luck.  Not sure if it's a Logitech or Xbox issue.

zikifer says:

What about "Xbox, watch TV"? Why do you need a fancy remote for that? You'd need to log in to your account to use like Netflix or something, but not to just watch TV.

MediaCastleX says:

It won't turn my tv on and off...and switching inputs, still have extra ports. I need the remote. =D

MoggSquad says:

This is for my g/f who refuses to use voice commands.  She watches tv, netflix, hulu, etc via xbox so it's a necesarry evil.

Shane says:

SmartGlass isn't always as intuitive as it should be. In addition, it should work seamlessly from our devices. I have to select the music app on my phone, then select play on Xbox One. Why do I have to tell it what I want to do twice? SmartGlass doesn't truly bring the experience to your device. There is quite a bit of polish that ends to be done.

kingkoopa09 says:

You don't have to if u search within smartglass you press play on the song.

venom5150 says:

It would be cool if it has a sliding mechanism with a qwerty KB

wpn00b says:

I feel the way to do this is how Vizio does on their smart TVs. Put a QWERTY keyboard on the back of the remote.

Edit: looked it up...appears Vizio is doing the sliding thing now. Oops. It appears that egg and my face are in alignment.

_Haitian says:

This defeats the purpose of Kinect. Although I can see this very useful for those that do not want "Kinect connected constantly". Say that three times fast.

No, it's just another way of interacting that isn't required. It's only meant to be bought by someone who can see the value. It doesn't mean anything about Kinect.

Mystictrust says:

No it doesn't defeat the purpose of Kinect.. I use Kinect voice commands every day, and watch a ton of Netflix and DVDs, and the remote definitely has its place.

1) With remote in hand, pausing can be quicker and more precise
2) Where my Kinect and TV speakers are positioned, Kinect can't hear me well if the volume is too high. I turn up the volume for movies
3) Menus in disc-based movies can't be selected with Kinect currently. This means having to turn on the controller or connect via Smartglass
4) Navigating through many menus at once is much quicker by remote

I love Kinect voice commands, and I would not stop using them with remote, but the two can co-exist just fine.

felickz says:

Give me a Kinect I can use with an AV closet.

astroXP says:

Source: Google Cache

I don't know why I lol'd at this 

I knew someone would make a Google comment...

astroXP says:

What about it?

Just it's funny, because people hate that some services, WPCentral uses google. For this though, it is different.

astroXP says:

I wasn't laughing at WPCentral using Google. Heck, my life won't stop if they do. I was laughin at how a leak is still available (even though it's already down) through caching

XeroJC2000 says:

I agree with Sam this would make it an easier transition for my wife instead of having to use the Xbox One controller,  but I wish they would have gone more than just a simple remote. It needs the ability to program it and it doesnt appear to have any extra buttons than just the standard stuff so unless this has more to it than the picture its not gonna be a buy for me.

Anyone know if there is a way to connect to the Xbox from WP in the same manner that like iPad does apple tv through airplay?

stui83 says:

Three screens three experiences! Nah smartglass app is as good as you will get

StefEBear says:

Play To is coming with WindowsPhone 8.1 that will, I presume, work along the lines of Windows 8.1. 

Ordeith says:

And Miracast receive is coming to the Xbox. So win, win.

MethodGT says:

What? Really? When?

CobaltDragon says:

just got a new update for the bluray app ... will be nice to have this little remote for media control

MethodGT says:

How do you know when things update? I'm hoping they update the bluray app to support bluray 3d.

CobaltDragon says:

If it has updated in the background then you can go to your notification area and you will see a new notification for the bray player with the 'launch' action. If it hasn't updated then it will prompt when you start the app.

gamo62 says:

Smartglass is nice. Except that it won't work unless the system is on.

kingkoopa09 says:

The remote wont work when its off either except to power on or off which I can do via voice, my xbone doesn't turn off

SleepyTheDon says:

Everything March or later, not happy

jdandison says:

I've been using a Harmony One, which works ok. It's good for basic navigation but the number pad doesn't work in TV, and page skip in the guide skips two pages instead of one. Might pick this up tho.

tbonenga says:

I hope it's as good as the first Gen 360 remote and not that 2nd Gen piece of crap.

MethodGT says:

I use SmartGlass all the time, but I'll definitely be buying this.

If there was a Plex app & Media Center Extender support I would buy an Xbox One and one of these remotes.

thaman04 says:

There's a Plex app for Windows 8.1, and since Xbox One uses the same core, I don't see why it can't use the same app (Windows everywhere mantra).  I have a feeling that will happen when they announce Threshold.

I anticipate this also but without Media Center Extender ability I'm really not interested in an Xbox One.

What I would actually really like is a small, ARM based box that runs Windows RT for Plex, Netflix, Hulu and such and could also be used as a Media Center Extender and even lets you use a Xbox Controller for some games.  I know that won't happen so I hold out hope for Xbox One instead.

PeterFnet says:

Yeah... Haven't pulled the trigger on an Xbox One due to the lack of Media Center support.

PeterFnet says:

Not that I expected it, but I looked for a Media Center button.

Talbot690 says:

Yall are stupid... Ugh

bsd107 says:

Please tell me this thing does not use stupid IR. In this day and age I want it to be RF. Once I got used to the PS3 blutooth and the the same on TiVo, I can't go back to IR....

felickz says:

They use WiFi for the game controllers

Jack Larson1 says:

Other end of the spectrum, it uses ultra violet. Rdy for some melanoma? :-)

Sorry, but it is IR.

Shane says:

I'd rather they tweak the Smartglass app and how it interacts with the Xbox Music and Video apps. Not as intuitive and seamless as it should be. Spotify and airplay much better combination for now.

kingkoopa09 says:

What problem do u have I like the option to change songs while snapped if u use the search option u can browse through both without changing what's on tv

Elvis7 says:

Only buying it if its backlit! M$ should release a media remote for the Xbox one, like the one that was for 360, with the tv mode,media center, numerics etc! I'd buy two! (own two Xbox ones)

mateole17 says:

I will definitely be picking one of these up when they are available. I like smartglass but it doesn't always load so fast. I wish it would stay connected when on the same WiFi as the One.

Just wish it would be BT instead of IR

You and a LOT of others. Maybe they'll do one.

el-ojo says:

It would've been nice if this came with a qwerty slider. Would make it much easier to search Youtube, XBOX MUSIC, NETFLIX, etc.

JotaKa says:

My wife and both use SmartGlass on our Windows Phones, and my Surface RT. However, I will buy one of these remotes for selecting cartoons and such for the kids. They are just not patience enough, and Smartglass' swipe to scroll is just to slow and finicky. They need to add swipe and hold like Smartglass for the 360.

HaibaneReki says:

the thumbnail picture looked almost like a camera on a green Lumia. Oh how I'd love that!

Big Supes says:

Much needed as there's nothing worse than repeatedly trying to get the Kinect's attention when its gone to sleep. It bad enough talking to a machine and having to talk like a retard.

Jonny702 says:

What I never understood is why the interface on smartglass doesn't have a mode that essentially displays what's on the media remote

Dave Myers1 says:

You can also use a wireless USB keyboard for text input. My logitech K400 works with the XBone, although, the key registration is a bit buggy. Hoping for improvements as the updates arrive.

Sorry guys, I said stuff I shouldn't and so deleted comments. I wanted to discuss not leak.

jargonz says:

If the Xbox One Media Remote can be used instead of the gamepad to quickly navigate the dashboard without having to wake up the remote first, I'd buy it.

ltjordan24 says:

  Between the controller and the Kinect, I don't really see where another remote is necessary unless it adds something special.