Microsoft launches Windows Phone 8 Live Video Player app for next Xbox reveal

Microsoft has already said it plans to offer live streams of its next Xbox reveal event on Tuesday via the Xbox.com website or via an app for Xbox 360 owners. Today, Microsoft launched a third live streaming option, this time in the form of a Windows Phone 8 app.

Microsoft's Larry Hryb posted word of the app, called simply Live Video Player, on his Twitter account today.

Obviously, the app won't work until sometime around 10 am Pacific Time (1 pm Eastern time) on Tuesday but if you own a Windows Phone 8 device and are interested in watching the next Xbox reveal event, you might want to go ahead and download Live Video player ahead of time.

There's no word if this app is just a one-off for the Xbox reveal or if Microsoft might use it for other live streaming events in the future, such as the E3 2013 press conference on Monday June 10th or perhaps for the BUILD 2013 keynote on June 26th.

Source: Major Nelson on Twitter | Image via Windows Phone

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Dot Matrix said,
Wouldn't a Windows 8 app make more sense?

Probably... But there's already an app for the 360 and that's probably the best platform for this. I was really glad to see that.

I don't own an Xbox, I have WP7.8 and 8 but I wouldn't watch this on either of my phones. I can't imagine why someone would bother if they have access to a computer.

vcfan said,

you go girl, that'll show em /s

It's the only power a consumer has really. Purchasing power means something, and it can send a message to the company if you spend your dollars with a competitor. Unfortunately, MS will likely never know why gicapp went elsewhere. The worst part of all of this, is that even if they did see this message, they probably wouldn't care enough to do anything about it.

Xbox is the number one selling console year-over-year. Consider this... On UserVoice there have been feature requests for WP, with 30k+ votes asking for fairly common features offered by competing platforms. Separate volume controls, per contact user configurable ring tones, notification center and more. MS doesn't take 30k+ people seriously.

How seriously do you think they'll take losing one customer Sony?

Edited by ahinson, May 20 2013, 6:14pm :

I bought the original, 60GB PS3. I was told that it would have backward compatibility, ability to install alternate OSes, and a free online service. Back compat was disabled, ability to install other OSes was removed, and to get all the services, I need to pay for a subscription.

But you didn't get an app for your older phone (that I doubt you actually have). Therefore $ony will get your money. I have learned my lesson about $ony, and the P$4 will not be in my house.

Some of us cannot access streams at work and would like to see the live event. Sometimes your phone is the only option.

It sucks that MS is not doing it on a App that is already out there like UStream which has an App on all the other phones... err I don't know if they have a WP8 or 7.5,.8 app yet.

But this shows that mobile should not have dumped Flash because we are pretty much still stuck when it comes to video in an HTML5 world.

I'm going to be sad come tomorrow morning knowing I will be watching the event after it is over. =(

StephenBratz said,
I bought the original, 60GB PS3. I was told that it would have backward compatibility, ability to install alternate OSes, and a free online service. Back compat was disabled, ability to install other OSes was removed, and to get all the services, I need to pay for a subscription.

But you didn't get an app for your older phone (that I doubt you actually have). Therefore $ony will get your money. I have learned my lesson about $ony, and the P$4 will not be in my house.

That was only for the gen 1 PS3. I had a gen 1, which died. When I purchased a new one, I found that the PS2 hardware compatibility was gone, and the software emulator wasn't being included anymore either. I was sad. The only reason I've kept my PS3 is to play the games I do have and for the Blu-Ray player.

I may purchase an Xbox this go around.

gicapp said,
7.8? Nothing?

Thanks M$. I'll remember this when choose PS4.

Is this *really* a good enough reason to buy a PS4? LMAO

I mean, I have a WP 7.5 currently and I'm fully confident that given the website launch, the XBox 360 App Launch, the streaming feed on various different sites, as well as a guaranteed embedding on countless news sites, not to mention the extensive coverage, the twitter feed, etc... That I'll be able to see what they reveal... I would say they have done more than enough to try to include everyone in this reveal and I'm sure that at least one of those above methods (And you're using one of them this very minute!) will be something you have access to...

M_Lyons10 said,

Is this *really* a good enough reason to buy a PS4? LMAO

Not only this.

Its just a little preview of what 'll happen to Xbox 360 soon (and maybe your Live DLCs, Games, Apps...).

OK, its a Microsoft's "way of life" (or being alive), no problem, i get it.

gicapp said,

Not only this.

Its just a little preview of what 'll happen to Xbox 360 soon (and maybe your Live DLCs, Games, Apps...).

OK, its a Microsoft's "way of life" (or being alive), no problem, i get it.

What you are saying is it is horrible that Microsoft is not releasing new software for old hardware, but $ony actively reaching out across the internet into the current hardware that I bought based upon the features they advertised would be there and deliberately disabling those features is just fine, so we need to buy more $ony hardware to show how displeased we are with Microsoft?

Should I be using $ony or Fony?

Edited by StephenBratz, May 20 2013, 8:57pm :

StephenBratz said,

What you are saying is it is horrible that Microsoft is not releasing new software for old hardware, but $ony actively reaching out across the internet into the current hardware that I bought based upon the features they advertised would be there and deliberately disabling those features is just fine, so we need to buy more $ony hardware to show how displeased we are with Microsoft?

Should I be using $ony or Fony?

No no, dont get me wrong.

Sony isnt better than Microsoft. I mean feel bad for "old" (by the way, very good hardware as "old" WP 7.8 [Lumia] and Xbox 360) could be forgetten after new Xbox launch as WP 8 and 7.8 (in same fast way). At least, is how i feel.

ahinson said,
I don't own an Xbox, I have WP7.8 and 8 but I wouldn't watch this on either of my phones. I can't imagine why someone would bother if they have access to a computer.

It's handy for people like me that will be at work.

gicapp said,

No no, dont get me wrong.

Sony isnt better than Microsoft. I mean feel bad for "old" (by the way, very good hardware as "old" WP 7.8 [Lumia] and Xbox 360) could be forgetten after new Xbox launch as WP 8 and 7.8 (in same fast way). At least, is how i feel.


Yeah, but that's the way of tech... Without moving on from older tech, nothing would ever move forward...

I fully expect that the weight of Microsoft will be behind the Next XBox (as it was behind the 360), and I further expect development for the 360 to end as the focus becomes what's new... That's a good thing. The 360 had a great run, but it's time for the platform to move forward...

And it was the same thing for WP. I can't wait to upgrade to WP8, but I don't blame them for moving forward... I understand why they did it, and respect that it involved some hard choices...

mnl1121 said,

It's handy for people like me that will be at work.


I guarantee it will be available for watching after too. There's actually zn app on the 360...

gicapp said,

No no, dont get me wrong.

Sony isnt better than Microsoft. I mean feel bad for "old" (by the way, very good hardware as "old" WP 7.8 [Lumia] and Xbox 360) could be forgetten after new Xbox launch as WP 8 and 7.8 (in same fast way). At least, is how i feel.

If they are not any better, then why are you getting behind the P$4 to the point you need to tell the world about it? There was a major architecture change between WP7 and WP8, and you could not upgrade those devices. No, it was not good, but a phone and a game console are two very different devices. I had a Walkman and $ony dropped support for that, screw you $ony, I am ditching my Vaio laptop and buying a Surface!

Microsoft has proven they are willing to support and add new features to Xbox, but $ony takes away features from their game console and you want to reward them for it? I still use my WP7. I cannot use the back compat of my P$3 any more.

Are you aware that there are roughly the same number of Xboxes in the world as there are Apple Macs? Also Xboxes are better made than Macs and can last twice as long. Yes, new hardware will attract a tsunami of new development, but I seriously doubt the developer community will just ignore this huge and loyal "retro" market.

After the initial rush, expect some sort of trade-in allowance too,

ahinson said,
I can't imagine why someone would bother if they have access to a computer.

Unless, shock of shocks, someone doesn't have access at the middle of the work day on a Monday.

Since MS is obviously going about integrating Win8/WP8/Xbox with Glass and WMC etc, this kinda make a lot of sense.