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  • Microsoft’s Xbox One $25 Remote Control Seems Pretty Pointless

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    Is Microsoft losing faith in its voice-activated Kinect that allows gamers to control the Xbox One with their voices?

    This may be a sign. 

    Thursday, Microsoft announced via its Xbox Blog it will be releasing a remote control for the Xbox One console next month that will sell for $24.99.

    Here’s the release:

    For Xbox One owners who want to control their TV and entertainment at the touch of a button via a familiar remote – we introduce you to the Xbox One Media Remote. 

    Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One*. Additionally, there are dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide**. This simple, yet powerful remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly.  

    The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver. The easy-to-use remote control has a familiar design with a soft, silicone finish that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. As soon as you pick up the remote, the motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate, allowing it to be used in the darkest of rooms while playing games, watching TV shows, movies and more.

    It sounds like the only additions of the handheld remote are the “back” and “One Guide” buttons. The One Guide is the Xbox’s version of a cable television guide for anyone who has their cable hooked up to the console.

    Gamer responses to the remote have ranged from positive to humorous. Many gamers have made reference to the Kinect.

    RT @VirtuaMe: Xbox One “Media Remote” for when shouting at a box just isn’t fun #Xbone pic.twitter.com/Zz0hCIUnvB — Schultz (@MrSchultz) February 13, 2014 
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