Microsoft reveals Media Remote for Xbox One

Xbox One touts its voice control, but some customers feel that isn't quite enough, and using a game controller is not much easier. Harmony supports the console, but not everyone wishes to pay for the high-end universal remote.

Now Microsoft is unveiling a new Media Remote for the gaming system. This isn't entirely unexpected. After all, last week Amazon Canada accidentally reveled the little remote control on its retail website.

Now Microsoft is confirming the painfully obvious, as today Larry Hryb unveils the Xbox One Media Remote officially, via a post on his blog.

The device is simple, with few buttons. It covers the basics of controlling your console. You can play, pause, fast forward and rewind media on your device. "This remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly -- allowing you to rule your entertainment. 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", Major Nelson states.

The remote control will be available in early March -- no exact release date is revealed. It will retail for $24.99, and we can already be safe in assuming it will be available on Amazon.

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