Xbox One to Offer Subscription-Free DVR

Consoles with OTA-TV Capability to Get Feature in 2016
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Tacking on another set-top-style feature to its flagship console, Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will allow Xbox One users to record broadcast TV shows starting sometime in 2016. 

As part of a string of announcements made at this week’s Gamescon event in Cologne, Germany, Microsoft said it will provide the subscription-free DVR component on Xbox One consoles that are outfitted to capture free over-the-air broadcast TV channels. Xbox One users will still need to spring for a separate hard drive that connects to the console via USB to enable the coming DVR option. 

Users will record shows via the console’s OneGuide. Microsoft said Xbox One will record the show in the background without impacting the performance of the console. When enabled, the device’s “instant on” feature will let users to record shows when they aren’t at home. 

Microsoft launched OTA-TV on the Xbox One in the U.S. and Canada in April. To enable it, users must connect the console to a TV tuner from Hauppauge and an HDTV antenna.  

Xbox One owners, Microsoft said, will be able to record TV shows, movies and sporting events, noting that “the amount of recorded content is only limited by the size of the drive.” 

Under Microsoft’s coming DVR set-up for the Xbox One, users will also be able to stream recorded shows to other devices in the home or schedule recordings remotely using the Xbox app for Windows 10, or via the Xbox SmartGlass app for iOS and Android. Users will also be able to download recorded shows to Windows 10 phones, PCs or tablets that can be viewed on-the-go, even without an Internet connection. 

Watch this video from Microsoft's Gamescon briefing to see more about the coming DVR feature for Xbox One.