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It's for the same reason they didn't add the clock. No reason to.
Just as you can see what time it is on a smart phone, clock,watch etc, you can also see what you're recording on some xfinity apps on your phone and on the guide itself.
I had the older version of the x1 and I honestly never used the record indicator on my box. I would just go into the guide and see whats currently recording or use an app on my phone to see any potential future recordings