The purpose of this post is to help Microsoft do what they should have before releasing the system.
I've owned XboxOne for 4 days now and I've had to power-cycle the thing around 5-6 times already to address a frequently unresponsive Kinect IR blaster. Upon further investigation I think I've come to the conclusion that the source of my Kinect IR blaster issues stem from the TV app crashing/locking up in classic Windows fashion. In the majority of cases, this occurs after "extended" (extended being very vague) periods of the system being in sleep mode. The symptoms are as follows:
- When powering on/off the system from sleep, the Kinect IR blaster fails to blast power on/off commands to the configured devices, mine being the TV, A/V receiver and set-top-box. I then have to manually power on each device myself.
- Attempting to open Settings > TV & OneGuide shows you an all black screen with a white TV icon in the center instead of taking you to the actual settings. After a short amount of time (maybe a minute or two) an error message is displayed with something along the lines of the TV app not responding. Unplugging and plugging the Kinect while powered on doesn't resolve this as the system seems to need to be initially booted with the Kinect connected (doesn't seem to be plug and play.) To address this issue, I've only found that either pulling the power on the Xbox One or holding the power on the system to fully shutdown and doing a cold boot fixes (temporarily, until the next crash during sleep) the problem.