Microsoft has managed to score an Emmy for the Xbox One at the 66th Annual Technology and Engineering awards, presented to it at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas as part of CES. It won in the category for Television Enhancement Devices, beating out contemporary consoles and set top box makers like Apple and Roku, thanks to the console’s abilities to improve TV watching and media streaming.
“This year’s ceremony featured some especially great news for Xbox One,” said Microsoft in a blog post. “[It] will receive an Emmy Award for Television Enhancement Devices, thanks to the Xbox One’s industry-leading television-on-demand and media center capabilities. 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 honour by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.”
The award show itself took place during CES and was hosted by long time Jeopardy host, Alex Trebek and tech writer David Pogue. As well as giving out awards in various tech categories, such as “personalised recommendation engines for video discovery,” and “in-camera electronic compensation for lateral chromatic aberrations in external lenses,” the National Academy of television Arts and Sciences also honoured Kazuo Hirai, current president and CEO of Sony with a lifetime achievement award.
“The National Academy’s Engineering Achievement Committee is pleased to honor Kazuo Hirai for his leadership, innovation and vision in helping to set the standards for technological excellence in our industry,” said committee Chairman, Robert P. Seidel.
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KitGuru Says: Hey, good for Microsoft, though arguably Hirai’s honouring was a little more impressive.