Xbox Insiders are finally getting to try out the first Universal Windows Application built for Microsoft’s console. Only available for select users right now, the first UWP app on Xbox is a new Blu-ray player app.
Ever since Microsoft first announced that Windows 10 would be arriving on its consoles, users expected universal apps to follow soon after. Unfortunately, UWP apps haven’t shown up yet, and will only start doing so for everyone after the Anniversary Update.
That’s unless you’re an Insider and running the latest Xbox One build. If you are, then you might be in luck, as the first Xbox UWP app is rolling out as an update. Limited to 20,000 users for now, the new Blu-ray player app is built on the same runtime as Windows 10 apps and can run on any Windows 10 device.
Before you get too excited though, you should note that the new app looks and behaves almost identically to the old one, so all the changes are under the hood right now.
Still, this bodes well for those who are anxiously awaiting more apps on their Xbox consoles. Hulu, Nascar and Nickelodeon have already confirmed they’re building UWP apps for Xbox, and there are bound to be numerous other companies looking to do the same.
The Windows 10 and Xbox stores have also been unified recently, and with the Anniversary Update coming this summer, the wait for universal apps is almost over.