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Xbox One gets new features and compatible file types

Starting in the early access program later this month, Microsoft will release new social features making it easier for gamers to connect with their friends and also give new ways to access their TV.

Here's some of the new features which are on the way:

New “Friends” section – the new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview program. The new Friends section enables users to see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games their friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.

Snap Center – Some of gamers’ favorite features in the Xbox 360 guide, are coming to Xbox One in a way that’s now truly be side-by-side with games. Messages, friends, parties, and achievements will all be available in the new Snap Center, providing a seamless way to switch back and forth without having to leave a game.

Threaded Messages – keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.

Media Player – a new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.

Xbox One Digital TV Tuner –announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.

Stream TV to SmartGlass – launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.

Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.

Live TV mini guide – for markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.

Xbox One compatible file types

3gp audio
3gp video
animated gif
avi divx
avi dv
avi uncompressed
avi xvid
h264 avchd
mpeg 1 ps
mpeg 2
mpeg 2 hd
mpeg 2 ts
mpeg 4 h264 aac
mpeg 4 sp
wma lossless
wma pro
wma voice
wmv hd

Edited On 12 Aug, 2014

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Artemisthemp's avatar
Artemisthemp 2 years ago
MKV :) So I would be able to watch Anime on a Xbox One
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
The MKV format sucks. Anyhoo why would you want to in the first place?
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Im Going Space 2 years ago
nox are you having a laugh? good news, and its out this month for previewers (ME) YES!
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
No. not had good experiences with MKV
PrometheusFan's avatar
PrometheusFan 2 years ago
Gonna have to agree. MKV is such a pain in the ass to use. It's little more than a less convenient alternative to MP4. I'm surprised MS have licensed it in all honesty.
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jam201984 2 years ago
The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon..... What the hell is this does this mean that when the official update goes live to everyone it will have DLNA Support or what ????
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hayley 2 years ago
Mkv is great, can hold highly compressed damn near transparent to source video if encoded correctly..no one should struggle to use mkv nowadays. If you do you are doing it wrong. About time we got better format support.
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Aubsd 2 years ago
Hey mates, MKV is only an available format, don't get your knickers in a twist!!

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