Microsoft is beginning testing the ability to navigate the Xbox dashboard using TV remote controls. A new version of the Xbox Dashboard for Xbox Series S/X consoles is being tested with select Xbox Insiders and enables new HDMI-CEC features that also allow common TV remote controls to navigate the Xbox dashboard.
While Xbox Series S / X consoles already have some HDMI-CEC features to control TV volume or turn on TVs when Xbox starts, these same new additions mean you won’t have to pick up an Xbox controller if you just want to watch content from Netflix, Twitch, YouTube or many other streaming apps.
The new HDMI-CEC features will also include an option to allow your own TV to switch input to your Xbox simply by pressing the Xbox button on one of the controllers. The user may already have a TV remote control that can control their Xbox using infrared commands, however the addition of the HDMI-CEC control should make input switching even more reliable.
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The new options can be found in the HDMI-CEC settings on the Xbox dashboard, and are currently available to test users on the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Xbox Insider rings. We all hope that these new features will be released on all Xbox Series S / X consoles in the coming months.
In addition to the aforementioned versions Microsoft is also testing a new version of the Edge browser, an Xbox night mode feature, will have a higher resolution panel and improved firmware and features for older Xbox One controllers.
While there is no information about when these HDMI-CEC features will be released to the Xbox community at large, Microsoft has been extremely active in improving and expanding its Xbox controller functionality in recent times.
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