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Microsoft’s Xbox One has enjoyed a relatively solid first couple of month in terms of sales and general reception, but now the launch phase has commenced, the real work starts in the console’s battle for supremacy against Sony’s PlayStation 4. This year will see an exciting range of games and peripherals released for the Redmond’s entertainment system, and leading the way is today’s announcement of the official Xbox One Media Remote. Revealed to the world by Larry Hryb, better known in gaming circles as Major Nelson, it offers all the features one would expect of a remote, and will launch next month for the price of $24.99. Further details can be seen after the break!

On first glimpse, the design of the remote is rather simple, compact, and, by all accounts, minimalistic. Since we’re fans of products that stick to the basics, we’ll certainly be picking one up for the Xbox One sitting in Redmond Pie HQ, and with a very agreeable price tag to boot, so should you.

After numerous leaks, it’s good to finally put the rumors to bed, and even though this product should perhaps have been prepared to retail alongside the Xbox One from the get-go – particularly given that the console is just as much an entertainment system as a games console — at least we haven’t had to wait too long for its arrival.

Of course, the power of the revamped and upgraded Kinect allows us to control many aspects of the Xbox One using our voices, but the official Media Remote will still have a role to play in enhancing the overall experience. As well as offering the ability to browse through and control various apps, the IR sensor renders it capable of controlling TV or AV receiver volume, so once the big game has finished and you want to play a little after hours Call of Duty in solitude, you can readily decrease the noise levels with your remote.

Xbox One Media Remote

So, with the release set for March 4th, the Xbox One Media Remote is almost upon us. Will you be making the purchase for your Xbox One, or do the new voice features of Kinect render this peripheral somewhat redundant? Do share your comments below!

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