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Is this a big deal? The Xbox One Media Remote has officially been announced

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It’s been rumoured for weeks, but Microsoft has just taken the wraps off of the official Xbox One Media Remote, a remote control for the company’s latest home console that lets you control your TV and entertainment centre with “a familiar remote,” as opposed to the console’s controller and Kinect.

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The Xbox One Media Remote will become available in early March across “Xbox One markets worldwide,” and for a price of $24.99 ERP in the US, and will let you take direct control of movie playback (of the Blu-ray and streaming variety), with additional ‘Back’ and ‘OneGuide’ buttons included on the device to emulate the functionality of an Xbox One controller:

“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.”

Microsoft says that not only is the remote designed with a soft silicone finish “that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand,” it’s also motion activated so when you pick it up the backlit buttons will illuminate “allowing it to be used in the darkest of rooms while playing games, watching TV shows, movies and more.” Handy.

Here’s a quick Vine video from Xbox frontman Major Nelson to show you how big the remote is:


The question is: Is this a big deal? Do you use a dedicated media remote for your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or other consoles, or does a regular controller suffice?


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