Microsoft’s Xbox One will be available in Singapore from 23 September. Gamers should be excited, but if you’re planning to use it for media streaming, here’s another reason - integration with your StarHub cable channels.
Well, not exactly what we were expecting. Apparently, the integration doesn’t actually happen via the OneGuide feature. Instead, it’s through StarHub’s TV Anywhere app, which gives StarHub users access to their subscribed channels on the Xbox One. Non-subscribers can also use the same app to purchase on-demand movies (no channel subscription, unfortunately) using their Hub iD.
While the TV Anywhere app doesn’t host the full channel listing (over 200) from StarHub’s list, it houses 89 channels and includes a FreeView Channel - SuperSports Arena.
If your phone is nearby, you can download the Xbox SmartGlass app on your phone, turn your smartphone into the remote control and control the TV Anywhere app too.
Or just remove the remote control from the equation. You’ll only need your hands and voice to switch between TV Anywhere channels on the Xbox One. That is, if your console has the Kinect sensor to capture voice and gestures to operate the app’s user interface.
Which, by the way, means you’ll need to spend S$739 for the Xbox One with Kinect package. On the bright side, you'll also get Fifa 15 and Dance Central Spotlight thrown in for free.
Of course, you can still use the old-school method by linking the cable box to the Xbox One's HDMI pass-thru, thus using only one instead of two HDMI ports. No fancy voice, gesture or SmartGlass features though, you'll have to rely on that good old remote control to do channel surfing.
Pre-orders for the Xbox One have already started, and it’ll be available for collection on 23 September at Funan DigitaLife Mall.
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