Microsoft Xbox Video overhaul updates app's interface in Windows 8.1 preview


The new Xbox Video app featuring a darker interface is available now for Windows 8.1 preview users.

Microsoft recently overhauled the Xbox Music app alongside the Windows 8.1 preview release about a month ago, and now the Xbox Video app is finally receiving the same treatment.

As with the new Xbox Music app, the updated Xbox Video app features a darker color scheme and some slight interface changes, though the functionality of the app remains largely the same. The darker interface notably matches the black dashboard found in Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One video game console, which the company said is designed to make content "more vivid and easier to navigate."

The Xbox Video app was previously updated alongside the Windows 8.1 preview to feature search improvements and the ability to download videos while using other apps.

Despite the overhaul, Microsoft doesn't appear to have updated the description for the app's listing on the Windows Store, though that's not uncommon for the company. Microsoft routinely pushes out app updates prior to updating their associated descriptions with change logs.

Windows 8.1 preview users who want to download the updated app can do so by opening the Windows Store and checking for updates under the settings charm.

Source: Windows Store via enConnected

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I would love to be able to decide for myself the color of the background in apps, both pre-installed ones and ones from the Store

Looks like the UI that will be on the Xbox One as well, makes sense to make the Xbox apps match each other though.

I have used Zune/Xbox Movies for my rentals and purchases for quite some time but lately the Quality Assurance is so bad. Have two movies over the past three months that I cannot play even though I purchased them. Just get a unknown error every time I hit play. Great interface, just too bad you can't watch the content you buy.

Thank God for the interface overhaul, the old one was so ugly. Now they need to make it a bit more appealing pricing-wise. Here's hoping the Xbox app gets a similar dark design, and some more good games and deals.

Last time I checked Microsofts pricing, they were more expensive then going out and buying the blu-ray. TV Shows especially, the big bang theory seasons 1-6 can be found online for £40, whereas a single season online is nearly £30. Obviously I'm talking about buying over renting. I think renting TV shows is a nearly £2 AN EPISODE. Gulp!

I WISH, they would do a video subscription service. Not like netflix or lovefilm, but something more expensive but offering things you actually want to watch. I'd pay £20 a month to stream everything from XBOX Video, I really would.

Now TV is £15, and whilst it is better than netflix for movies, its lacking on TV content

They could combine pricing with xbox music and lets say £10-15 per month
Than they could use this money to also improve their service:)

glen8 said,

I WISH, they would do a video subscription service. Not like netflix or lovefilm, but something more expensive but offering things you actually want to watch. I'd pay £20 a month to stream everything from XBOX Video, I really would.

I'd also gladly pay $40/month (about £25 I guess) if I could stream anything on Xbox video. I could cancel my cable subscription if they did that. I feel like the main problem with Netflix is they price it so low that they can't get enough content. Please, charge me more!

JonathanMarston said,

I'd also gladly pay $40/month (about £25 I guess) if I could stream anything on Xbox video. I could cancel my cable subscription if they did that. I feel like the main problem with Netflix is they price it so low that they can't get enough content. Please, charge me more!

absolutely. Maybe they could have a tiered system where the platinum package has Video and Music. The content is fantastic, but very limited via online services.

I signed up for the premium music plan, but most of the albums were still unavailable. The only way you could listen to them online was to buy the full album. If microsoft offered a range of online packages, the most expensive say £30 a month for FULL access to ALL music and video content that would be fantastic.

Actually, if they offered a super plan for xbox gold, music and video....and had the hollywood studios online as well as local cable providers I would pay quite the sum of money. Having everything available, on all devices with a single monthly payment would very much appeal to me and my family.

Cheap isn't always best!

JonathanMarston said,

I'd also gladly pay $40/month (about £25 I guess) if I could stream anything on Xbox video. I could cancel my cable subscription if they did that. I feel like the main problem with Netflix is they price it so low that they can't get enough content. Please, charge me more!

I don't think it has to do with money but with the people who sits on the rights. Especially the movie business is very locked down in its way of releasing it to cinema -> VOD -> Online/rental -> Purchase.

On the music front there are some artists who actually controls their own music that is holding back, the one that annoys me the most is The Traveling Wilburys.

Luckily we've started seeing changes in the video world lately as well with The Lifeguard being released on ITunes before it even goes to the cinemas, hopefully we'll see more of that going forward especially with companies like Amazon, Netflix and Microsoft creating their own content.

JonathanMarston said,

I'd also gladly pay $40/month (about £25 I guess) if I could stream anything on Xbox video. I could cancel my cable subscription if they did that. I feel like the main problem with Netflix is they price it so low that they can't get enough content. Please, charge me more!

I don't know where you live but if you live in North America then beware of your ISP imposed data cap and overuse fee. These big greedy corporations and sneaky and pure evil.

Auditor said,

I don't know where you live but if you live in North America then beware of your ISP imposed data cap and overuse fee. These big greedy corporations and sneaky and pure evil.

ouch. I live in the UK and lucky I get truly unlimited data with no caps of any kind

glen8 said,

ouch. I live in the UK and lucky I get truly unlimited data with no caps of any kind


may be that's why your government is blocking porn by default, if you have limit you would care about more important stuff first to download. by far I had no problem with my 300 GB limit per month. I don't know what people do, I watch netflix and amazon instant movies all the time. and I end up using between 20 to 30 pecent max of my cap per month. may be because I have fulltime job?