Microsoft shelves Tivo-like ability on Xbox One, says it wants to focus on games

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June 8, 2016 by Kris Ligman

Out of any other first party game platform, these words might actually sound strange.

Since its announcement, Microsoft has been doing seemingly everything it can to distance the Xbox One from the perception that it's a game console. It does TV! It does movies! It does Skype! It knows if you've been bad or good!

One of those multimedia features was the promise you could use your Xbox One to record (or "timeshift") live television with the help of an external hard drive, similar to a Tivo. That feature has officially been put "on hold" indefinitely, according to Microsoft, as it shifts gears to focus more on... wait for it... delivering games on its game platform.

"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," Microsoft said in a statement, as reported by The Verge. "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."

One of those requested experiences is, presumably, Microsoft's virtual assistant Cortana, who will be coming to the Xbox One later this summer. Not quite a game, but you can ask her silly questions like Siri I guess, so close enough?

(h/t Eurogamer.)