Blu-Ray Player is the first UWP app for the Xbox One

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

Microsoft’s first UWP app for the Xbox One is finally out, but don’t expect much from it: it’s just the same Blu-Ray Player app found on the device, and Microsoft hasn’t added any new features concerning playback.

According to the software giant, the app is now available via the Xbox Universal Store, but can only be accessed by the top 20,000 preview members.

The following is what Microsoft had to say in a forum thread:

“Hey everyone,

You’ve likely heard about the new universal apps platform for Windows 10, which also includes Xbox, and the Xbox Universal Store introduced in the latest Xbox One update.

Tonight, we’re excited to launch the first universal app on Xbox One to a subset of Preview users: Blu-Ray Player.

Beginning tonight, the top 20,000 Preview participants (based on total Preview award points) will see a new app update become available for the Blu-Ray Player. The app update will not be available to all 20,000 top Preview participants immediately, but should become available over the next 24 hours for those selected. There will be few if any noticeable differences between the old Blu-Ray Player app and the new Blu-Ray Player universal app. Primarily, we’re looking for feedback on problems or any unexpected behavior.

If you do encounter any problems or unexpected behavior with the new Blu-Ray Player universal app, please use Report a problem (hold down the Xbox button on the controller and select Report a problem) and let us know.

Thanks so much for being part of Preview and helping us test our first universal app!”

Xbox One users should prepare themselves for a host of Universal Windows Platform apps in the coming months. Netflix, Hulu, and Dailymotion are already working on UWP apps for the Xbox One spurred by Microsoft’s move combine the Xbox Store and the Windows Store into one.

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