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Official Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Oct 28, 2014 in Microsoft, Tech, Xbox One

Official Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

As I was an early adopter of the HD TV, I currently have a huge 52″ 60Hz TV sat in the corner of my room, with a Standard Definition built in digital tuner. As I rarely watch live TV (as I tend to mostly steaming content), I’ve never been able to justify the upgrade to a TV with Freeview HD built in. I’ve looked at various PVR solutions, but again for the few occasions I want to watch a live channel in HD, it was hard to justify the price tag.

Then Microsoft announced the HD Freeview digital tuner at just over £20….I was sold.

As you may or may not know, the Xbox One allows you to plug in any HDMI device into the back as a pass-through, giving you the option to watch TV via the Xbox one, and access to the interactive One Guide (TV Guide) and allowing you to control your TV via voice commands. The Digital TV tuner doesn’t require a PVR/Skybox/Virgin Box to do this, and by simply plugging in an aerial cable into one end, and the other into the rear USB port, your Xbox One becomes a Freeview HD TV Tuner.

Setup was a breeze, plug in the device, goto Setting > One Guide and the TV Tuner is recognised as a USB device, go through the four setup pages and you’re up and running, I now have 122 channels streaming through my Xbox One.

Controlling the TV tuner is simple, either control by voice, control via your SmartGlass app on your device of choice, or use your controller of the Xbox Remote to flick through the One Guide or jump up and down channels.

As well as being a TV tuner, this also has limited PVR functionality. You can’t record shows, or set up any type of series link, however you can pause/rewind/fast foward live TV (up to 30 minutes), however you will need to give up 4GB of you hard drive to enable this.

All in all, a cracking little device, not sure how much use it will get, but definitely saved my a small fortune for the limited amount of live TV I watch.

Unboxing pics below.

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

 
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Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 14, 2014 in Microsoft, Tech, Xbox One

Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

 

Being a fan of being able to plug in a pair of headphones into the bottom of my Dualshock 4 controller on the PS4, buying the Stereo Headset Adapter for the Xbox One controller was a no brainer.

As I tend to need use my Tritton headset for late night gaming, I’ve had to turn down the TV when it started to get late and using the provided Xbox chat mic for my online gaming. This device allows me to plug any head/earphones into the 3.5mm jack on the bottom and direct all sound and chat via them.

The controls are simplistic, if not a little confusing at first. You have the big ol’ mute button in the middle, which mutes your microphone. To the right of this are the volume controls. To the left are two buttons with game/chat. pressing either one of these will shift the volume in favour of one or the other. I have to admit, I spent the first evening, pressing the chat button, then attempting to turn up the chat with the volume buttons….muppet I know.

All in all, did exactly what I wanted, it allowed me to use my existing stereo headset with mic with the Xbox One

Unboxing photos below.

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Xbox One Wireless Controller – Titanfall Limited Edition

Posted by Ub3rG33k on Mar 1, 2014 in Tech, Xbox One

Xbox One Wireless Controller - Titanfall Limited Edition

 

It’s no secret that I love new shiny things, I love gaming and I love limited edition gaming shiny things. Over the last couple of years I’ve picked up the limited edition Halo 360 console, the Gears or War 3 360 console and have shelves of limited edition gaming ‘stuff’ all around my house.

Last month when the limited edition Xbox One controller was announced, I instantly ordered having fallen in love with Titanfall at Eurogamer last year.

As you can see from the below images, it’s simply an Xbox One controller inspired by C-101 Carbine assault rifle, which I have to say is striking to look at, and stands out compared to my standard Xbox One day one controller.

What’s more to say, unboxing photos below.

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