Xbox Video gets a new look on Windows 8.1

There was a bit of a storm in a teacup last week, as some people became convinced that Microsoft was planning to kill off its Xbox Music and Video services. But the company's Joe Belfiore quickly reassured users that there was no such plan, describing these services as 'key scenarios' in Microsoft's broader strategy. 


The new Xbox TV Store on Windows 8.1

Underlining this, Microsoft has today rolled a major update of its Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1, including a complete redesign of the user interface. The new look matches the design of the Xbox Music app that was first revealed over a year ago, and ditches the dull and barren styling, and the panoramic navigation of the app that it replaces. The design also matches the design of the XboxVideo.com site, providing a more consistent experience between the web and the app. 


The new look app ditches the horizontal-scrolling panoramic design of the old app, shown above

As with Xbox Music, the new Xbox Video app puts top-level navigation into a bar on the left, including links to your Collection, and the Film and TV Stores, along with a Search box. Tap on any of the thumbnails to explore full details on each video, including the options to buy in standard- or high-definition. 


As before, movies are available to rent or buy in the new app in SD or HD 

Today's update focuses primarily on improving the overall experience of using the app, rather than on delivering new features, but Microsoft also says that it has made various unspecified "minor fixes and improvements". 

To download the app or to simply find out more about it, head over to the Windows Store

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What movie formats does this app even support? Tried to play a few movies stored in different formats, but not one would play, not even .mpg. I always get the same message "This item is in a format we don't support. Please choose something else."

Gungel said,
What movie formats does this app even support? Tried to play a few movies stored in different formats, but not one would play, not even .mpg. I always get the same message "This item is in a format we don't support. Please choose something else."

According to this page, winRT/Modern apps -can- use these codecs:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-u.../windows/apps/hh986969.aspx

afaik that doesn't mean a Video player will. Codecs for Modern apps are -not- a global system file anymore, but locally added to the app itself. This has security reasons for one.
That means one Video player will play .mkv files, another does not. It depends on the developer to add this support.

Also, all the older codecs are not really up to the challenge regarding power usage, and for tablets will reduce battery life.

Not sure on the video file support of XBox Video, but MPEG-4 works just fine.

Xbox video is awful! I rented an HD movie and it took 11 hours to download. Where the hell are their servers located? Bittorrent would have taken 20 minutes....

I wish OneDrive was designed more like this...in some ways...some things are just "too big" (twss) in the One Drive app that don't need to be.

Zedox said,
I wish OneDrive was designed more like this...in some ways...some things are just "too big" (twss) in the One Drive app that don't need to be.

Agreed.

Looks sexy! Glad it's finally consistent with the new Xbox Music. Now bring these looks to the WP versions!

j2006 said,
Looks sexy! Glad it's finally consistent with the new Xbox Music. Now bring these looks to the WP versions!

Yes, Xbox Music (on Windows 8) looks 1000% better than before too. Now if they'd fixed both Xbox Music and Xbox Video on WP, I'd be a happy camper.

Scabrat said,
Looks more like iTunes or something.... Or Googles Store...

Or a generic website. Which is fine, since its might be more convenient/functional than the old app. I'd prefer it if ur was more like the old Zune app in some ways, but time moves on.

j2006 said,
or like Xbox Music?

If this was a question on a standardized test, your response would be the one that I would bubble in.

Chikairo said,

Or a generic website. Which is fine, since its might be more convenient/functional than the old app. I'd prefer it if ur was more like the old Zune app in some ways, but time moves on.

I liked the zune app as well. It was really great =).

Scabrat said,
Looks more like iTunes or something.... Or Googles Store...

Whatever. It looks 1000% better than before, and that's all I care about.

cybersaurusrex said,
I wish we could change the highlight color. I don't care for that shade of green.

Or the highlight color can be based on your personalization settings.