The lights are on
Microsoft sees the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment device, serving as a hub for gaming, music, movies, and more. If a listing from Amazon's Canadian site is any indication, users could soon have another way to interact with the console.
The listing, which has since been removed (but can be viewed via cache here), shows an Xbox One Media Remote. It was listed as costing $24.99 Canadian (about $22.70), with a March 4 release date. As you can see from the image, it features the usual media buttons, as well a few of the Xbox One controller's specialized inputs like the guide, menu and view buttons. Aside from its existence, there aren't many surprises. It's a media remote, similar to those of the original Xbox and Xbox 360.
This is obviously not an official announcement, but the March release does put it in the same time-frame of the confirmed stereo headset and headset-adapter peripherals.
[Source: Amazon.ca (cached), via Reddit, wpcentral]
Our TakeXbox One owners already have a variety of ways to interact with media, like Kinect, SmartGlass, and the Xbox One controller, but I'll take a media remote any day. I don't enjoy pantomiming my way through playback on Kinect, SmartGlass isn't the "instant on" experience I want, and turning a controller on just for media playback is a waste of batteries. I've long used the 360's media remote when I stream videos on Netflix and Hulu, and this seems like a simple solution.
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