Xbox One's TV Guide Features Won't Hit the UK Until 2014

By Gary Cutlack on at

That TV EPG integration thing that Microsoft banged on and on and on about when it launched Xbox One earlier this year? We're not getting it at launch, and Microsoft's only giving a vague "2014" answer when asked about when we are likely to see it.

Speaking to TechRadar, Microsoft's senior product manager Terry Farrell said we'll see TV integration with Xbox One "some time in 2014," adding: "We're testing all the boxes. You can imagine how many there are in the UK. We've been so focused on testing all the different cable boxes around the globe for just basic passthrough. In 13 different countries -- that's a lot of TVs."

You have to feel a bit sorry for Microsoft. After all, the UK's television scene is quite horrendously fragmented after years of Sky and its many hardware providers, the analogue to digital switchover, HD, SD, Virgin cable boxes and more, so you can imagine that being the person in charge of making our mess of boxes and 1970s coaxial cables work with Xbox One is probably one of the crappiest jobs at the company.

Still, when it does eventually work in the UK, it ought to be pretty decent. Our American partners were well impressed with it all. [Techradar]