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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner uses optional 4GB hard drive space

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The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner has been further detailed by Microsoft.

While DVR recording won't be supported, the device will reserve an optional 4GB of hard drive space for up to 30 minutes of live pausing, fast forward and rewinding of current broadcasts.

Microsoft's Xbox One Digital TV Tuner

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The specifics were revealed during a behind-closed-doors demo of Xbox One's October update at gamescom 2014, which is set to be available around the same time as the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner.

As part of the update, live television that is broadcast through the upcoming TV tuner device can be streamed to any device that supports SmartGlass.

"Now that we have it on the device, because of the way we've architectured the system, I can actually have that on TV and go back into my game and play while the TV stream is still happening on the Xbox," director of product planning Albert Penello told Digital Spy and other journalists.

At launch, SmartGlass streaming will only be supported through the TV tuner - excluding content coming through the HDMI In port, such as set-top boxes - but Microsoft suggested it plans to roll out to other devices.

White Xbox One console

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"This is currently working for the tuner, but it's not our intention to end there. That is what you're seeing today," development manager Ashley Speicher said.

Meanwhile, the Xbox One will be able to boot television from connected standby within "the next release or two", according to Speicher, suggesting it could be available before the October update.

Microsoft also outlined a number of other features coming in the October update, including a new friends hub, new Snap options and support for more file formats.

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