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Major update to Plex, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 apps now free to use without subscription

The Plex system of apps and services is fast becoming the most popular way to organise and view extensive home media collections. Yesterday the team announced that the Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 have all been updated so they are totally free. Normally these apps would require either a lifetime subscription or monthly charge to use.

Once Plex is installed on a PC or NAS you can play back your content on almost any device with a screen. That includes smartphones, smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, Tablets, PC’s and of course consoles. The service is designed to help you catalogue your music and films to make them easier to access and aid discovery. Much of the organisation can be done automatically saving valuable time. Once catalogued it’s then all available in an elegant interface perfect for browsing.

The Xbox One app also takes full advantage of the Kinect for voice control.

Here are the release notes for the Xbox One App

Plex for Xbox One (v1.5.0.0 - Public Release)

Removed the Plex Pass requirement for all users. Plex for Xbox One is now free for all.


Here are the release notes for the PlayStation 3 & 4 Apps

Reduced start up time for all devices. Users with access to multiple servers will notice the largest improvement.

Playing music, videos, and photos from within the app is easier. Just press the "Play" button when focused on the item you want to play.

Localization support added for many languages.

Our mysterious black screen saver of blackness is less mysterious! We now display an animated Plex logo.

Screensaver control. You can now control the time until the screensaver displays - or turn it off completely.

Music: Go to Album and Go to Artist links added to tracks.

To date, Plex have been solid at delivering apps for new devices. They have stuck to their promises in making those free once they have recouped development costs. If you do want to try this out, head over to the Plex website to find out how to get going.

Source : Plex

Thanks to @RogueCode for the tip

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