Tuesday 25 October 2016

Brilliant VLC video player coming to Xbox One

Daniel Anderson

Published 21/04/2016 | 09:01


Open source video player VLC is set to come to the Xbox One console this summer thanks to Windows 10 integration

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PC folks will likely be more than familiar with VLC - an open source media player which will handle pretty much any file type that's thrown in its direction. And soon Xbox One users will be able to get the same great benefits!

This is possible because of the deep integration within the Microsoft ecosystem, where desktop PC, mobile handsets and the Xbox One are all being developed to share a common app store and elements of Windows 10. A version of VLC has been in the works for Windows 10 for quite a while, and the project is nearing its end.

In a major blog post, the team behind VLC laid out their plans for Windows 10. It seems the desktop version will be up for testing shortly, with a launch planned for May. And the Xbox One app won't be far behind, likely by the end of summer.

VLC have crafted these apps from scratch, taking into account the design language of Windows 10 to create something very attractive indeed - and we know from past experience that's it's also going to be very easy to use. There's even some experimental Cortana integration, letting you voice search for titles.

There are also a few mentions of a possible version of VLC for Microsoft's still incoming Hololens augmented reality headset, which could be particularly mind blowing. The team said they'd get to work on it as soon as they got to grips with a device!

Expect more updates from VLC in the coming months.

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