The Emmy’s took place last night, not the big Emmy’s full of actors and stars, the other Emmy’s that focuses on the technology surrounding television. Taking place at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were a part of this week’s CES event. Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the awards focus more on the technology of TV, rather than the content which it displays. The surprise winner this year was Microsoft’s Xbox One, which won the Emmy award for Television Enhancement Devices thanks to its many TV-focused features such as the OneGuide, and being able to seamlessly switch from gameplay to TV.
This year’s ceremony featured some especially great news for Xbox One: Microsoft will receive an Emmy Award for Television Enhancement Devices
Microsoft commented on the news by saying “Microsoft is in good company with the likes of fellow award recipients Apple, Roku, Sony, and TiVo – and we’re proud to be awarded this honor by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Check out Xbox Video and the rest of the Xbox One’s library of cutting-edge media apps, including the recently announced Sling TV, today to see what all the hubbub is about!”
Of course gamers will remember the initial unveiling of the Xbox One and its TV-centric features as somewhat of a negative experience. Microsoft came out swinging with tons of TV apps and features that seemed interesting, but left gamers out in the cold. A refocused strategy and a ton of great games should have helped gamers to accept the Xbox One for the gaming powerhouse that it is by now, and maybe they can enjoy the TV elements a bit more.
Congratulations to Microsoft and the whole Xbox One team for their win.