RedWater Technologies is determined to make the Xbox One a comprehensive platform for gamers by offering well-rounded services with a set of dedicated third-party applications just like its latest MailOnX, an email client optimized for Xbox One. Lately, Universal Windows Platform Apps have flooded our favorite console with a variety of new functionality and now, users are being provided with another. The app is exclusively designed for Xbox One consoles even though it was developed using Windows 10 underpinnings and comes with a steeper price. There is currently no word if the app is coming to PC or tablet.
The company claims MailOnX has all the features one needs in a proficient email client. Features like managing multiple user accounts (Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, iCloud, to Office 365), email signatures, offline mail access, additional filters, and a lock app for heightened privacy all are embedded in the app.
The input sources for MailOnX include the conventional Xbox One controller along with $35 Xbox Chatpad keyboard add-on. Moreover, the app offers you to use your favorite game’s HD images to use as a wallpaper inside the app. Talk about a friendly UI!
Receive mails from multiple e-mail accounts and providers
Compose new mails or send replies
Configured for and works with all Microsoft email providers along Yahoo, Gmail, Zoho, iCloud, Blueyonder & BTConnect, 1&1, AT&T, AOL
Email signature setup
Offline email reading
Watch Items: Filters mail by specific email address or email address domain
Personalization: Celebrate your favorite games by using pre-installed game images for your background image
Family Mode: Lock email accounts so other users on the console won’t be able to view or reply your mails
Full support for Xbox Gamepad and ChatPad
There is still room for improvement in the app. For instance, support for in-game notifications and messages that several other Xbox apps feature, like Reddit, would be nice. A way to view sent email could surely spice up the game a bit more too. Moreover, the UI looks a lot like the stock Mail app for Windows 10 with all the custom backgrounds and two-panel interface.
Why we need this?
We consider the MailOnX app to be superfluous simply because no one would want to open and read their emails on a 40-inch LED TV for everyone to see. Even if someone did, typing out responses using a regular Xbox controller would be a painstaking task considering the hassle-free alternative of taking out their smartphones and doing the same. Furthermore, spending an expensive $9.99/£7.69 on a third-party solution (even if Microsoft does launch versions for PC and Windows 10 Mobile), seems more like an oddity than anything else. Microsoft is also allegedly working on bringing the official Mail app to Xbox One in the near future as well, something which will definitely be free.