Xbox One’s TV integration experiencing difficulty in UK & Europe – report

Monday, 25 November 2013 14:59 GMT By Sherif Saed

Xbox One launched in several territories last Friday, including the UK and Europe. However, one small hiccup appears to be causing issues for users connected via the console’s TV pass-through capability.

The ability to connect your cable or set-top box to the console via the HDMI-in pass-through is one of Xbox One’s touted key features. Doing this will allow you to use Kinect as a TV remote and, with supported boxes, allows the console to pull all the programme data and display it on your TV. It also offers voice search, among other features.

According to a report by, it appears however, that Microsoft didn’t think of one small thing before bringing the feature to the UK and Europe. The console is reportedly running at 60HZ at all times, which is non-issue for games and TV broadcasts in the United States, since the country’s TV broadcast is all in 60HZ. The issue is that in PAL territories, namely the UK and mainland Europe, all TV broadcasts are using a 50HZ system leading into a judder-filled picture, according to the site.

The site notes that the Xbox One uses a method of frame rate conversion – or ‘FRC’ – to be able to display and accept the signal at 50HZ, then display it at 60HZ all the time, which is especially jarring in panning shots or any broadcast with fast action, such as live football.

We have sent over an email to Microsoft for a comment on the matter.

Did you connect your box to the console? Are you affected by any of the issues mentioned here?