Plex app update brings Amazon’s Alexa to Microsoft’s Xbox One

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The official Plex app has just updated with a completely new UI and a host of new features for Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console.

In addition to the new visual design, and improved features such as subtitles, the new Plex app also brings support for Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant which now allows users to control the app via their Alexa device which will detect the Xbox One app as a location to play media from. Here’s the official release notes for the four main features of this update:

  • Mixed Photo/Video Libraries: Now, not only can you view all the unforgettable moments captured in your vacation photos, but you can watch the videos you took during the trip, too. All within the same library!
  • Alexa Compatibility: Compatibility with Alexa means you can freely lose the remote into the deep abyss of couch cushions with wild abandon; just talk to her, already!
  • Better Subtitle Compatibility: The app can now display many subtitle formats without using additional server resources. Enjoy faster playback and less whirring!
  • Xbox Gamertags: Not sure you want everyone to know how long you’ve been playing Goat Simulator? For the internet sleuths in your life, Plex accounts are no longer tied to your Xbox gamertags. There’s no need to link accounts, and you can enjoy your newfound freedom!

All of these changes are currently available in a brand new Plex app on the Xbox One which can be found within the Store section of the console. Over the next few days though, this new app will apparently replace the existing one via an automatic update so users won’t have to do much to experience the new features.

Plex app on Xbox One

Have you tried the new Plex app yet? What would you change? Let us know in the comments below.