Microsoft developing Xbox-branded Reading app - Report

Microsoft job posting seeks applicant who will help build an "interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics."

Microsoft is allegedly working on an Xbox Reading application, The Verge has reported.

Could this be an early look at the Xbox Reader app? Credit: enConnected.

The company recently posted a job advertisement for a software development engineer who will work on "building a ground-breaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics."

Successful candidates would join the Music, Video and Reading team, which focuses on delivering media content powered by the services of Xbox Live.

A source has allegedly confirmed with The Verge that Microsoft is "planning to build the new app".

At present, Microsoft offers a separate Reader App for Windows 8 which supports PDF, XPS, and TIFF files. The Reader App is not Xbox-branded, but could possibly be joining the number of existing applications which run on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 and Windows Phone as a re-branded application.

Current Xbox-branded applications include Xbox Video and Xbox Music, which Microsoft released on the iOS and Android platforms in September last year.

It looks like apps may be a strong focus for Microsoft this year, who most recently announced the success of it's Xbox One Fitness app. The Xbox One fitness app has logged almost 1.5 million virtual workouts since November. The success of the app has led the business to consider bringing it to other Microsoft platforms.

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Zorine

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Zorine “harli” Te is an Associate Editor at GameSpot and is based in Australia.
40 comments
deadpen
deadpen

Silly Microsoft, xbox owners don't read. Otherwise they would have read how fast your frame rates are and what resolution the games play in.

Bobdog52
Bobdog52

wonder how much they will charge for this LOL

Daian
Daian

There are a million free ways both on PC and mobile to read things, countless apps and programs, litteraly not one single person needs this.

Why would they even brand a reading app as Xbox something, it's so unrelated to gaming; what's next, Xbox Microwaves?

bob15x
bob15x

@Daian actually i need this.  Many of the ereader software on windows is bad.  Kobo is slow and Amazon kindle software has too few settings.

When I use some of them on Android i wish i had access to all those settings.


also kobo and kindle do not allow you to view interactive content embedded.


so i think before you act like you are the spokesman for everyone on the planet, I suggest you stop and realize, you really have no clue what you are talking about.

bob15x
bob15x

For all of those sad sony ponies in this thread that always feel the need to jump on everything Microsoft because your lives are too sad or empty to do anything else you may want to realize that you may need this app because none of you seem to have the ability to read.

"building a ground-breaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines, and comics."

The app is for the PC, not the xbox.  They changed the branding of their media apps to Xbox for all their devices, even android and iOS.

my god you fanboys just prove over and over again your ignorance.

Daian
Daian

As a neutral party in all this (PC gamer) let me be the first to tell you that you are so far up Microsoft's ass you don't even realize you are a bigger fanboy than the people you keep mocking around here.

bob15x
bob15x

@Daian first, you fucking asshole. I hate microsoft with a passion.  My main console is the ps4, followed by the pc.  My comment has to do with all the morons on this forum that can't seem to read and realize this is not on the xbox it is on the pc.  This has nothing to do with gaming but all that doesn't stop the sony fanboys by making stupid comments.


so stop making stupid assumptions. 

playstationzone
playstationzone

I think19james89 100% right that xbox1 not for gaming anymore  and bill gates not a gamer or rest Microsoft crew .

19James89
19James89

@playstationzone  You seem to think I meant that as an insult to the Xbox brand which couldn't be further from the truth. I actually like the Xbox One better than the PS4 and if I was going to buy another next generation console, I'd buy the Xbox One over the PS4. 

cmatt28
cmatt28

Upgrade to platinum for English

Zombrex
Zombrex

Xbox makes reading app. Can't read books without Xbox Live Gold sub.

Also, it's a non-xbox branded app, but could be rebranded as such? So it's kinda like the original Windows OS? Boom!

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

19James89
19James89

Further evidence that the Xbox One is not a games console and thus shouldn't be treated as one in the same way the Wii U and the PS4 are. 


It's good to see Microsoft continue to make strides forward on the software front, it's good to see them playing to their strengths, but all this digital and technological advancements make me yearn for the past. When it comes to reading nothing beats a traditional book. 


Bram Stoker's Dracula just doesn't conjure up the same feelings of repulsion in digital form as it does on paper. 

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

@19James89 True, I real book isn't just to read but to mediate and understood what's is written in there.

nparks
nparks

@19James89 Except that there's no evidence this app is intended to come to Xbox One.  That said, while I doubt I would want to read books or newspapers on my TV, it could work for more graphical consumption of magazines, pictorials, or comics.  And if there's a compelling experience to be had there, then there's no reason not to pursue it just because it isn't a game.  It can do more than one thing.  Why shouldn't it?

19James89
19James89

@bob15x Yes I am aware of that but I am sure it will be rolled out onto the Xbox One at some point in the future. If it's a successful product on the PC and there is demand for it on the Xbox One, then why not? My comment wasn't a pot shot at the Xbox One; I like the device and would choose it over the PS4 every single day of the week. 

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

And I feel like I lost a few gaming brain cells.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

Guess pretty soon I will be calling my machine "XBooksOne"  LOL

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

@bob15x Just going based from what I read "The Reader App is not Xbox-branded, but could possibly be joining the number of existing applications which run on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 and Windows Phone as a re-branded application"

khuzko
khuzko

is this game good ?

iampenguin
iampenguin

@khuzko  Not sure. At least there are great difficulty options. Like we can ready easy books or really hard books.

stuff238
stuff238

@khuzko @iampenguin  Sub 10FPS with massive framerate drops as you turn pages over.But you will be able to turn pages with your hands using kinect.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Another Xbox article about not supporting gaming.... yay!


Also, I f'n hate reading anything more than 250 characters on a screen. Real books are #1! The feel of a real book can't be beat!

Hurvl
Hurvl

@---Cipher--- Neither can the smell of a book be replaced. I also like flipping through pages and not having to "start" my book to be able to read it. No batteries or anything needed.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

OMFG, another one? I bet it doesn't consolidate all of my many books from Amazon though does it? So why do you think we'd go with your one instead?

I still buy more books on paper than digitally. It is all about the smell! But digital makes it easier on the go and why would I want two and three different book providers just for it? The answer is I don't, I never will and Amazon was here first and is still the best so yours and Apples shitty services can see what it says on the back of my T-shirt.

Zombrex
Zombrex

@Dannystaples14  That recycled paper and ink smell never get old. It's why I've kept all my books.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Dannystaples14 What does it say on the back of your T-shirt? 


I agree about the smell being important, it adds another layer to the whole reading experience. There's something very old-school about the smell of books that immerses me even more when reading books that takes place in the past.


"Amazon was here first and is still the best" That's why I haven't installed anything other than Steam. Don't see the point of doing so.

iampenguin
iampenguin

Soon it will be big news every time a MS employee takes a dump.

divinejester
divinejester

Do they read this stuff out loud to themselves? I mean do they know how daft they seem with these statements.

iampenguin
iampenguin

"which incorporates books, magazines, and comics." I thought any app that can read could read all those mediums.

sakaixx
sakaixx

@iampenguin  must be one of those useless app they want to make cause they were bored

RobDev
RobDev

@iampenguin  it seems MS's idea of "groundbreaking" is not the same as anyone elses.