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Microsoft to release Xbox One Media Remote in March

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Can’t stand trying to navigate through your Xbox One using a gamepad or Kinect? Microsoft’s got a third option coming early next month.

The company revealed the official Xbox One Media Remote on Thursday, and it’s, well, a remote control. As in, it lets you remotely control your game system, featuring exciting buttons like back, forward, and a big button that brings you directly to the One Guide television guide.

It technically goes a step beyond that, however, by synching up with your TV through Kinect, allowing you to also control volume and channels. Which you’re probably already doing with your standard TV or cable box remote, but hey, look, it’s sleek and made of comfy silicon and the buttons light up.

It’s also a bit pricey, ringing in at $24.99. That’s $5 more than the official Xbox 360 remote (which, incidentally, doesn't work with the Xbox One because of course it doesn't), and a full $24.99 more than the free DVD remote that came packed with every original Xbox 360 back in 2005. But it's a good $100 bucks cheaper than, say, the epic Logitech Harmony all-in-one remote, so there's that.

Here's hoping Microsoft invests some of the money they make off this thing into improving Kinect's audio detection so that screaming "XBOX WATCH ESPN" only takes three tries.

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