XBox One DLNA, TV and video is coming soon according to Major Nelson’s tweet from Gamescom 2014:
New ways to watch TV plus USB & DLNA support coming soon to Xbox One. List of supported formats here (including MKV) http://t.co/zbF3C31nR4
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) August 12, 2014
XBox One DLNA and video playback via new Media Player App
XBox One DLNA and video playback will be handled via a dedicated media app which will be able to play back media from either USB devices or stream from DLNA-enabled devices, whether that be a server, XBMC HTPC or a smartphone.
According to the post, supported audio and video formats include:
- 3gp audio
- 3gp video
- animated gif
- avi divx
- avi dv
- avi uncompressed
- avi xvid
- h264 avchd
- mpeg 1 ps
- mpeg 2
- mpeg 2 hd
- mpeg 2 ts
- mpeg 4 h264 aac
- mpeg 4 sp
- wma lossless
- wma pro
- wma voice
- wmv hd
Whilst video support will be available shortly, XBox One DLNA support is expected to come out later in the year, allowing those with media collections to finally be able to stream them straight to the box. This is exciting news to those wanting to make good of Microsoft’s promises that the XBox One would be the entertainment hub, with the console’s media capabilities being relatively lackluster. At launch, the Xbox One only supported Bluray playback and streaming apps, with any sort of television or media playback needing to be handled via other devices through the console’s HDMI input. For those of us outside of the United States, a significant portion of this was moot, as many services and functionality were not available outside of the country.
More changes are coming to the Xbox One
As per the announcement on Major Nelson’s blog, other updates include:
- New “Friends” section – the new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview program. The new Friends section enables users to see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games their friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
- Snap Center – Some of gamers’ favorite features in the Xbox 360 guide, are coming to Xbox One in a way that’s now truly be side-by-side with games. Messages, friends, parties, and achievements will all be available in the new Snap Center, providing a seamless way to switch back and forth without having to leave a game.
- Threaded Messages – keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.
- Media Player – a new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
- Xbox One Digital TV Tuner –announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
- Stream TV to SmartGlass – launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.
- Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
- Live TV mini guide – for markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
- Country Expansion – we’re doing a lot of work on the backend to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets
in the coming weeks.
[via Major Nelson]
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