More Universal apps show up on the Xbox One including Netflix, Hulu and Cast

More Universal Windows Applications have shown up on the Xbox One in the last couple of day, continuing Microsoft’s plans of offering Windows 10 apps on the console.

After the first Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app showed up at the beginning of the month in the form of an update to the Blu-ray player, now more and more apps from the Windows Store are jumping on board. On that list, users can now find Netflix, Hulu, MSN Weather and the podcasting app Cast.

Those apps are currently showing up for those on the Xbox preview program running the newest pre-release version of Windows 10 Anniversary Update , or rather the “Latest Xbox One Update” as the OS is known on the console. Note that the new version of Windows 10 will not launch on the console at the same as it will on PC, where Windows 10 Anniversary Update is scheduled for a general release on August 2nd.

Those interested can find the new apps under “Ready to Install” in the “My games and apps” section, though you might need to download the apps in question on your PC first, so they show up as owned in the Store.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much to get excited about just yet. Most of these apps can’t be downloaded right now with the Store throwing up an error whenever you try. One app that can be downloaded now is Cast, which allows you to manage, download and listen to podcasts. Cast comes with a bunch of cool features including background audio – you can play a game and listen to podcasts at the same time – and a synchronized library between devices.

That being said users should be warned that Cast is still in preview, much like the entire OS, so it does suffer from unexpected crashes and weird interactions with the rest of the system.

Still, it’s clear that Microsoft is moving ahead with its plan to bring Windows 10 apps to the Xbox One, and users will likely see even more UWP apps show up as we get closer to the Xbox’s upcoming major update.

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