Microsoft has started testing new HDMI-CEC features with Xbox Insiders which will allow gamers to use their regular TV remote to control their console. Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles can already use HDMI-CEC to automatically turn on and off other devices, but navigating the Xbox OS currently requires an Xbox controller or an officially licensed infrared remote.
1/2 Xbox Insiders in Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha we just enabled some new HDMI-CEC features for the builds today.
* Use your TV remote to control your Xbox –
- You can now use your TV remote to navigate the Xbox dashboard and control streaming apps like Netflix!
— Brad Rossetti (@WorkWombatman) September 8, 2021
In addition to using regular TV remotes to control Xbox consoles, the new HDMI-CEC features that Microsoft has started testing also include the ability to switch TV input by pressing the Xbox button on the Xbox controller. These features can be enabled by going to Settings > Power mode & start up > TV & A/V power options and checking “Use TV remote for console” and “Switch TV input using controller”.
These HDMI-CEC improvements are now live for Xbox insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead rings. The latest preview builds also bring controller firmware updates to bring the Dynamic Latency Input (DLI) technology and improved Bluetooth connectivity found on Xbox Series X|S controller to older Xbox controllers.