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Xbox One Media Remote launching next month for $24.99

xbox-one-logoEven with advanced voice controls and gesture functionality, the multimedia capabilities of the next generation consoles are somewhat lacking compared to their predecessors.

Consumers sometimes want simple, ordinary and familiar, so Microsoft has bit the bullet and announced that they are releasing a new Xbox One Media Remote in March for $24.99.

The remote, which is decidedly simple looking as you can see below, works in conjunction with the Kinect's IR blaster to provide for quick access to your home entertainment devices, video controls and the OneGuide. The remote also features motion activated backlit keys.

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Check out Major Nelson's Vine for a little glimpse of the device.

Read on for the announcement from the Xbox Wire.

For Xbox One owners who want to control their TV and entertainment at the touch of a button via a familiar remote – we introduce you to the Xbox One Media Remote.

Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One*. Additionally, there are dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide**. This simple, yet powerful remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly.

The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver. The easy-to-use remote control has a familiar design with a soft, silicone finish that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. As soon as you pick up the remote, the motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate, allowing it to be used in the darkest of rooms while playing games, watching TV shows, movies and more.

The Xbox One Media Remote will retail for $24.99 ERP in the US and available in stores around the world***.

*Media content sold separately. Broadband internet (ISP fees apply), Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) and/or additional requirements apply for some Xbox Live features. See xbox.com/live.
**In supported apps.
***Estimated retail price. Actual retail prices may vary.