Xbox One update rolling out with new media player and SmartGlass app improvements

Microsoft’s big September update for Xbox One is rolling out to consoles today, just under a month after the company made it available to select beta testers. The update includes a number of improvements focused at the TV integration on the Xbox One, including a boot to TV option, live TV mini guide, and an expansion of Microsoft’s OneGuide TV guide data to Brazil, Mexico, Austria, and Ireland.

The biggest feature is a new media player app that allows Xbox One owners to play files from attached USB devices. Codec support is robust, and Microsoft plans to support formats like animated GIFs and MKV by the end of the year. The Xbox One media player will also support DLNA playback by the end of the year, but right now it’s USB only.


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