While much of the gaming and tech press have been cautiously optimistic about the new Xbox One console revealed earlier this week, the UK’s new connected TV platform YouView just revealed on Twitter that it has no plans to support the new Xbox.
This is of course liable to change if users clamour loudly enough and a business case can be made, but seeing as the subscription-free service depends on sales of the YouView set-top box to claw back the GB£ 70mn (US$ 105mn) which has already been spent on its development, this seems unlikely.
We don’t currently have any plans to support Xbox One.
— YouView (@YouView) May 24, 2013
Microsoft confirmed at the launch of the Xbox One that the new console is not intended to replace existing pay-TV set-top boxes, but rather daisy-chain with them via HDMI, and then overlay its own user interface over the channels. This functionality will however be limited to the US to begin with.
The YouView service combines free-to-air linear TV channels and catch-up TV from the UK’s public service broadcasters (the BBC, ITV, Channel Four and Five) with Sky’s online TV service ‘Now TV’, all delivered via a PVR that costs around GB£ 300.