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One of the core features of the Xbox One's original announcement was being able to watch TV through the Xbox One, using it as a set-top box. A DVR firmware upgrade was expected to arrive for the system this year, but now Microsoft is scrapping that plan, for now, and focusing more on gaming.

According to Gamespot, they picked up on a quote from a Microsoft spokesperson who mentioned to The Verge that they will be focusing this year's E3 on gaming and will leave the TV stuff off the table for now...
After careful consideration, we've decided to put development of DVR for Over-the-Air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10.

We're always listening to fan feedback and we look forward to bringing more requested experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Live this year.

The DVR feature was scheduled to launch this year, according to announcements made during GamesCom last year. The feature would allow users to schedule TV recordings through SmartGlass on the Xbox One.

The comment section on Gamespot may be throwing shade at Microsoft for the decision to postpone the DVR implementation, but keep in mind that it was all the TV and DRM stuff during the Don Mattrick era of the Xbox One that put them in third place during the early part of eighth gen. All that television nonsense taking precedence over the gaming elements is what pushed tens of millions of people toward the PlayStation 4. And now Microsoft is desperately trying to play catch-up.

After Mattrick left and Phil Spencer was promoted to take over the Xbox division the brand has seen a major about-face when it comes to content, acquiring third-party support, buffering the gap between AAA releases with notable indie games, and loosening up some of the strict policies Microsoft used to employ for the Xbox One.

It's actually refreshing to know that Microsoft is putting the casual television stuff on the back burner to focus on the gaming qualities of the device. It may only be equivalent to a lower mid-ranged PC but if they can just acquire some notable new IP and get more creative games made for the console, they can easily make the most of the rest of eighth gen.

Rumors have it, however, that the Xbox One will be succeeded with a slightly more powerful unit codenamed the Xbox Scorpio. This new device will be VR-ready and is being rumored to have ties to the Oculus Rift.

If Microsoft is getting into the VR race with console support through the Xbox brand, then that could prove to be a very interesting venture for them, even if it is exceedingly risky. It would also tie into the fact that the Windows Holographic Platform recently launched, so they wouldn't be wanting for software support when it comes to Windows 10 and Xbox VR apps. Of course, this is all assuming there really is a new Xbox console in the works that focuses more on gaming and this is also assuming that they are putting VR at the forefront of their endeavors for the Xbox One.

One thing is for sure, they aren't pursuing the television market at this point in the Xbox brand's lifespan. While the DVR functionality was supposed to be part of the all-in-one media direction for the Xbox One, it looks like Phil Spencer wants to really win back the trust and sales from the hardcore gaming community.
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