While the Xbox March Update added some features to consoles, including Auto HDR and FPS Boost toggles on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, it also removed a feature. With the Xbox March Update, Microsoft removed TV listings for OneGuide.
Microsoft has moved away from using Xbox consoles as central hubs for media for years. The new Xbox Series X and Series S consoles don’t support OneGuide at all. But now, even the Xbox One that has had TV listings in OneGuide since launch is losing access to listings.
Microsoft’s Jonathan Hildebrandt outlined the update. He also clarified the state of OneGuide going forward (emphasis added):
TV Listings in OneGuide Are Going Away
Based on customer usage and feedback, we’re constantly evolving the Xbox experience. To that end, beginning this May we’ll be sunsetting live TV listings for OneGuide on Xbox One. You can continue to use OneGuide to view your connected HDMI devices or USB TV tuner. You can also keep using OneGuide for HDMI-passthrough and to watch TV via USB TV tuners, but you won’t be able to access the on-screen TV Listings guide.
OneGuide still exists on the Xbox One, but with content missing. It seems a bit odd to call something a guide if you remove TV listings. After all, what are you guiding people to, if not listings of content?
On the plus side, HDMI devices and USB TV tuners still work. In his piece on if the Xbox Series X and Series S can replace your Xbox One for TV, our executive editor Zac Bowden highlights that you can’t use these types of devices on newer Xbox consoles.
Not even the official Xbox One Digital TV Tuner (or an equivalent from third-parties) works. Because the OneGuide app is gone, the protocols built to handle setting up the TV just aren’t part of the OS on Xbox Series X. So, for anyone looking to use the Xbox Series S/X as their TV box either through cable or OTA TV, you’re out of luck.
Do you still use OneGuide? Are you affected by this change? Let us know in the comments below.