Version of Plex app coming to Xbox One via ID@Xbox program [Update]

The Windows 8 Plex app remains one of the most popular paid apps in the Windows Store.

The Plex app is going to appear on yet another Microsoft platform, the Xbox One. The news was posted this week by a member of the team who develops the popular media streaming software on the Plex message boards.

The forum post, written by team member Tyson Edwards, stated that Plex has been granted entry in the ID@Xbox program so they can port the app to the Xbox One. This is the first time that a non-game developer has announced that they are participating in this particular service. Microsoft first announced ID@Xbox in August as a way for game developers to self-publish their titles on the console. The first such games under the program are due to be released later this month.

Now it sounds like the ID@Xbox program is being expanded to include non-gaming apps. Microsoft informed the public on how Windows 8 and Windows Phone apps could be ported to the Xbox One earlier this week at the BUILD 2014 conference but stopped short of saying just how those apps would be published and released to Xbox One owners.

The Windows 8 version of the Plex app was first launched in December 2012 and has remained one of the most popular apps for the OS; it has consistently been in the top 10 list of paid apps in the store since it was released.

Update: Endgaget reports that the Xbox One port is technically not an official Plex project and is being handled by Edwards, an independent developer.

Source: Plex forums via The Next Web | Image via Plex

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This is definitely great news. As trooper11 mentioned, MediBrowser 3 is working on this now, but even today I use Internet Explorer to browse my server then can select to push the media via dlna to the X1. Granted its a temporary solution but this is the type of development that will help get there.

Edit: so far cinavia hasn't affected anything pushed though dlna.

My biggest concern is that the video would be subject to the cinivia protection like it is with the PS3

Awesome news! My xbox will be complete media solution soon.

for the pay wall comments, so long as one person has gold all others on the same box get to use most features (mainly excludes online gaming), and lets be honest the vast majority of xbox users will have gold, or someone in the house will, hell you can get it as cheap as £30 a year!

anyway plex is amazing, i have a local server with 2TB+ media and plex serves that up in such a beautiful and easy to use way.

the plex media server does that. Plex works with the chromecast too, and I can play mkv files just fine. I do find that it chokes on 1080p videos, but thats an issue with the chromecast, and not plex.

So I think you should be just fine.

CJ33 said,
the plex media server does that. Plex works with the chromecast too, and I can play mkv files just fine. I do find that it chokes on 1080p videos, but thats an issue with the chromecast, and not plex.

So I think you should be just fine.

Hmm this might be a system seller for me, if this pans out I might actually go and get one.

I know my NAS has a plex server app so I hope it has enough horsepower to stream 1080p to the xbox.

Brilliant, hopefully Bing will be able to index the files on my computer and return results from it when I search for a show or movie! This is what has been missing most from my media experience on Xbox One. Does anyone know if this is also possible with apps like Netflix? I haven't got a membership so I can't test it.

The Xbox has been steadily gaining more and more features. Hardware and software wise, it is a PC. Locked down, but it is a PC. Eventually Xbox will just be PC gaming.

I can see the PC games of the future having some type of 'gaming' mode. You have an Xbox App that is just a "exclusive mode" OS that the Xbox uses, a sandbox of sorts. The VM architecture of the Xbox is quite amazing.

This is a good win for xbox imo, between this and the universal apps I think we're going to see that side of the eco system become a lot more useful to a lot more people.

PLEX is awesome, easier to setup than XBMC, but the last one have a lot more features and it's free! Both options are cool!

Ive been a fan of XBMC for years and love the way it looks, but hate the fact that its primarily a standalone solution. I love Plex and its approach to multi room/device streaming and central server install, but hate the way it looks and feels.

If only these 2 would merge.. now that would be awesome!

DrScouse said,
Ive been a fan of XBMC for years and love the way it looks, but hate the fact that its primarily a standalone solution. I love Plex and its approach to multi room/device streaming and central server install, but hate the way it looks and feels.

If only these 2 would merge.. now that would be awesome!


No chance of them merging. Plex itself is a fork of xbmc

Indeed. That is my issue. I built an Intel NUC with Windows 8 instead. An Xbox would have been nice, but I do PC gaming. This paywall stuff has to stop.

This is where the Xbox One will be better than the PS4. Third party apps that will work across the entire ecosystem. Its going to be a great year.

Yes, MS will gain much wider developer support in very little time. But they need to make it happen quickly. Same thing with DX12, it's all great, but needs to be here sooner rather than later. I don't want buggy software either, don't get me wrong. But the long wait could allow others to play catch up too and the Xbox One needs a boost.

The developers of MediaBrowser 3 are currently going through the process of being accepted into the ID@Xbox program as well, so hopefully you will see them announce that has gone through soon.

Getting media apps that can offer robust access to local media is big deal for me.