Xbox One Now Supports TV Streaming and Media Playback from USB
One of the customer-friendly qualities of Microsoft is that it considers fans’ needs while adding features to Xbox One. A new update, ready to be released this month, includes many requests with these two topping the chart:
Media Player Support:
Xbox One will include media playback now from USB or DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance).
This media support feature will allow users to play media files from a media server that supports DLNA or from an attached USB device. Microsoft further assures the excited fans that this update will support more media formats than Xbox 360. Some of the formats being:
- 3gp audio, video, 3gp2
- animated gif
- avi divx, dv, uncompressed, xvid
- h264 avchd
- mpeg 1 ps, 2, 2 hd, 2 ts, 4 h264 aac, mpeg 4 sp
- wma, wma lossless, wma pro, wma voice
- wmv, wmv hd
Mobile TV Streaming:
Xbox One will also stream live TV across the local network to smartphones and tablets running the Xbox SmartGlass app. This marvel will contain the following features:
- Xbox One digital TV tuner – This device, announced last week, will allow direct connection of free-to-air digital broadcast signals on the Xbox One and also allow channel navigation. The tuner is set to arrive in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) this October.
- Stream TV to SmartGlass – Users can stream TV through their home network to smartphones and tablets using the free SmartGlass app on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. They can also pause, play, and rewind TV using the app, while not interrupting gaming on Xbox One.
“We’re working hard to make Xbox One more social and the best place for all your games and entertainment, and we can’t wait to roll out these new features, and more, in the coming months,” Microsoft is reported to have stated.
“More” of these features set to be released in the upcoming months include:
Xbox One owners can set their system to boot directly to TV when coming out of connected standby mode.
It will allow gamers to stay informed with what games their friends are playing, their game score, and how it has improved over the past month.
This new feature will let gamers see messages, friends, parties, and achievements, without having to leave their game.
This feature will include full conversation history through threaded messages. It also supports embedded links to Game DVR clips, which can be watched without leaving the game session.
Live TV mini guide:
This guide will be featured at the bottom of the screen, supported with OneGuide, showing the current TV content on other channels without having to actually flip the channels.