Xbox One Update Set To Add DLNA Streaming Among Other Improvements

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In a continuous effort to further improve their console, Microsoft are hard at work to add more features to Xbox One while improving other aspects as well. It is good to hear that the company is listening to the feedback of the customers and implementing the changes, if feasible.

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As mentioned on the official blog of Microsoft’s Major Nelson,

This is a big month for Xbox One as we launch some of the features you’ve asked for most including better multitasking while gaming, more ways to stay connected with friends, new options for accessing your media, and more. Over the past couple months, we’ve been rolling out some great new features to Xbox One through our system updates, and we have been thrilled with the positive feedback we’ve received from all of you.

One of the biggest feature to be added would be DLNA playback and MKV support. This is a highly rated feature which finally makes way on the Xbox One

Members of the preview program who have also downloaded the latest version of the Media Player app will now have support for DLNA streaming. With this update, you will be able to easily access and play music, watch photo slideshows or movies stored on home media servers and devices that support the DLNA server protocols. Additionally, you will now be able to playback MKV files stored on a USB device or a device on your home network that supports DLNA streaming.

The Snap feature has also been been tweaked to further improve the features.

We’ve updated the Snap Center to include quick access to many of the things our fans wanted faster access to when playing a game – Friends, Messages, Game DVR, clock, and battery indicator – as well as making it easier to close and open new snap apps when playing a game. A double tap of the Xbox button on your controller will bring up a menu that allows you to open a new app in snap mode, close the current snapped app, or switch focus between your game and your running snapped app. Additionally, two apps have been optimized for Snap mode:

  • Friends Snap App – Access your friends list without leaving the game. Quickly check your friends list to see who’s online right now and take actions like send message, invite or join.
  • Messages Snap App – You’ll be able to open, read and respond to messages in Snap mode, and messages will now be displayed in a threaded conversation view.

This list is not exhaustive by any means. To see the full list of features, head on the the official post here