Microsoft announced this week a Digital TV Tuner for release in Europe, allowing the Xbox One to become a set-top box for over-the-air television without the need for a separate box or use of the system’s HDMI input.
The tuner is set to launch in October in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK for ₤24.99/€29.99.
The USB device will be able to access signals over the DVB-T, DVB-T2, and DVB-C television standards and give users access to the system’s TV pausing and OneGuide functionality.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not yet announced similar hardware for the United States. If you’re in the US, the tuner will not work, as we use the ATSC standard. For those of us cutting cables, this is an interesting device that would let us enjoy the benefits of Xbox One’s television capabilities without having to pay for a cable plan.