Xbox One Getting DLNA Support, USB Media Playback, Boot-to-TV Option

Microsoft announces a spate of new Xbox One features coming over the next few months.

Alongside Microsoft's Gamescom briefing today, the company announced a spate of new features coming to the Xbox One "within the next few months." Some of these features are included with August's Xbox One system update, while others are coming later.

Below is a breakdown of what's coming to Xbox One over the next few months. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not give concrete details on when these features will roll out publicly.

New "Friends" section -- Now available for users in the preview program, this new section allows gamers to stay up to date with what games their friends are playing, as well as their gamescore, and how it has improved (we hope!) over the past 30 days.

The new Friends section

Snap Center -- This new feature will let you see messages, friends, parties, and achievements, affording you a "seamless" way to switch back and forth without needing to leave your game.

Threaded messages -- An updated Messages app will include full conversation history through threaded messages. Embedded links to Game DVR clips, which you can watch without leaving your game session, are also supported.

New media player support -- A new app will allow you to play media files from an attached USB device or from a home media server that supports DLNA. The preview version of the update will only work with USB devices, but DLNA support is coming soon. Once this update is applied, the Xbox One will support more media formats than Xbox 360, Microsoft says. You can see a full list of supported file formats below.

Xbox One digital TV tuner -- This device was announced last week, and arrives in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain) this October. There is no word on a North American release.

Stream TV to SmartGlass -- Users in the regions listed above can stream TV programming across their home network to smartphones and tablets using the free SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play, and rewind TV using the app, all while gaming on Xbox One is uninterrupted.

Boot-to-TV option -- Xbox One owners can set their system to boot directly to TV when coming out of connected standby mode.

Live TV mini guide -- Supported in markets where OneGuide is available, this new guide featured at the bottom of the screen will show details about TV content current playing. This will allow you to see what's on other channels without flipping from the one you're currently on.

"We continue to be amazed by our fans' enthusiasm for our Xbox One system updates and their fantastic input," Microsoft said in a statement. "We're working hard to make Xbox One more social and the best place for all your games and entertainment, and we can't wait to roll out these new features, and more, in the coming months."

Xbox One compatible file types:

  • 3gp audio
  • 3gp video
  • 3gp2
  • aac
  • adts
  • animated gif
  • asf
  • avi divx
  • avi dv
  • avi uncompressed
  • avi xvid
  • bmp
  • jpg
  • gif
  • h264 avchd
  • mjpeg
  • mkv
  • mov
  • mp3
  • mpeg 1 ps
  • mpeg 2
  • mpeg 2 hd
  • mpeg 2 ts
  • mpeg 4 h264 aac
  • mpeg 4 sp
  • png
  • tiff
  • wav
  • wma
  • wma lossless
  • wma pro
  • wma voice
  • wmv
  • wmv hd
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TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

Tried this last night on the preview - works really well, apart from a couple of MKVs which wouldn't play at all (which might well be unsupported codecs - I didn't really get a chance to look).


I'll try out the TV streaming over the weekend, as that's pretty cool too.

xboxonekb24
xboxonekb24

I hope the new media player app can be used without having to use the snap feature. So we can listen to our music and still have the full game screen. Like the 360

nero3068
nero3068

Surprised that MS did this but I think I can see why they may be playing dirty.


The whole point of not supporting the different formats is to prevent pirated videos and audios been used on the machine but on the other hand is also what the majority of people want. Now that MS is realizing that they are loosing the sells of Xbox One badly to PS4, they are using this to get the attention of the consumers to surely  drive better sales. MS probably realize they don't care anyways because they have no business in movie and music industry and the one company that will likely get affected by this the most is their rival, Sony corporation. 


It is gonna be hard for Sony to follow up. But in the end I think Sony will have no choice to do the same for PS4.

surferosh
surferosh

Sony take a note here and do the same thing for PS4 too... 


i dont want to use Music Unlimited when i have my own hard drive full of songs... 

and likewise for videos too. !

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

XBox One for the win, for the long-term.

darthburrito
darthburrito

Sony-ponybois are sooooo mad. All they got was nickel and dime indie games. LOL!

Dangerous231
Dangerous231

Damn the outstanding news doesn't stop for xb1 , Xbox one keeps turning it up every conference.. 

hotwog21
hotwog21

old tech being patched into what should of been included at launch.


please go away, so tired of you dangling carrot of future updates of how good thing will be in future updates.


enough, please stop, we are not grateful and keep backpeddling


give us a reason to buy your product

make it backward compatible with xbox 360 and xbox live arcade games

enable chat between xbox one and xbox 360

make xbox live gold free or

make online gaming that is superior (sony has overtaken) eg. do something about the lag!!!

you have a chance to bring arrogant $ony to its knees and do something amazing for the gamers, which you claim to always be listening to (more like back pedal when we rage at your next greedy business model)


then you might get back in the race

until then choke on your poor sales



ferretshob
ferretshob

You can already stream using DLNA with "Play To". So what the hell are they on about?

Blazen702
Blazen702

I'm loving everything Xbox is doing. Love the halo franchise. Love the exclusives. Thanx Phil.

mr_nee
mr_nee

My TV has built-in DLNA player and plays from USB, this feature is useless.  xbox TV is useless in europe, because we use DVB-T standard that bone doesn't support and even with another external box attached, you can't watch premium channels you paid for because this tuner thingy they are releasing doesn't have smartcard reader

pedrovnone
pedrovnone

"New media player support"


Wow!!!!!! All my videos and musics will be plugged in my Xbox one!!!!!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaah!!!!

StHapns247
StHapns247

If it cannot handle AVC @ 20+ Mb/s locally and over DLNA it probably shouldn't exist. The biggest disappointment with the "Play To" DLNA streaming is that anything over about 10Mb/s stutters. Compressing your HD videos to 10Mb/s is pointless and completely ruins the quality.

hystavito
hystavito

"Stream TV to SmartGlass"

Does this mean stream the video from the HDMI input?  Nah can't be.

isshiah
isshiah

Ok, but will it iron my shirts?

danusty
danusty

I dig the new video and audio formats that will be playable through an external hard drive but they should have included all this since lunch. I think sony and microsoft didn't do this cause they want to have a tighter control with what you play in their consoles than with the ps3 and 360. also, not to be a PC elitist (cause quite frankly I'm a console gamer) but my laptop plays all of those formats and more and it's connected to my HD TV

danusty
danusty

damn it! I'm so disappointed in microsoft! they didn't mention TV at all!!!!

oflow
oflow

Please add a sleep timer for the TV app.  Some of us old folks like to fall asleep in front of the tv and would like the console to turn off as well.  Otherwise, keep up the good work!

adders99
adders99

I will be in the UK at the end of the year... I might pick up the Xbox one digital tuner while im there, since here in Australia people mostly use free to air tv.

Defender1978
Defender1978

I'm looking forward to an update on backwards compatibility.  

pgl163
pgl163

Sony don't be left behind

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

Oh look another thread filled with irrational fanboys from "both sides" of the gaming aisle.

So much for reading the opinions of fellow gamers, not digging through layers of stupid to find intelligent posts.

Benifited
Benifited

fuck yea! been waiting for DLNA support for a while now. and now its even better than it was last gen, which is fucking amazing. i hope sony does the same with their DLNA roll out update.

SSSTcracka
SSSTcracka

You're getting warmer Xbox One. As a PS4 owner, I'm just waiting on a killer exclusive game to push me over the top. Halo doesn't do it for me. 


I love console wars. As a consumer that buys them all I reap the benefits.

bonatz
bonatz

And Sony can't being DLNA back becauuuuuse....?

bluebird08
bluebird08

sony please do the same. i want media playback off USB sticks.

sammoth
sammoth

 Weird been using DLNA without USB with my Skifta App. USB is always a good thing though. Nice support for file types.

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

WEIRD RIGHT... 

Xbox wanted to be purely media orientated with their console, yet people didn't like it and bitchd, so they changed and became focused on gaming, and a few months down the line they started right back up again and people like it, now PS wanted to be purely gaming orientated, and people jumped over the moon, and yet a few months down the line, they are doing what MS ALREADY did, what a fukng coincidence... 

its a funny world with funny minds and stup1d consumer demands and hate, but both Sony and MS understand this, its called CHANGE and sht hits the fan when changes happen...

Burriscold
Burriscold

@darthburrito And Bloodborne bawawawa, game is trash! Just a bigger indie seeming title game. But thats what they drool over right? INDIESTATION for all! GTF.OH with that 3.5 garbo system.

Burriscold
Burriscold

@hotwog21 you sound stoopid (----- like that word spelled incorrectly. XBL free? Du.mb a.ss. Thats why the network is ROCK solid because XB users have supported live from the beginning, unlike the PSN which is having DEVS overlook the SO powerful PSduh console. As for backwards compatibility, I can see them releasing a stream service for old consoles and games by next summer. Gamers are never satisfied. Go outside and play if your gonna cry like a lil h.obag.

darthburrito
darthburrito

@ferretshob Play To is fine if you want to execute a media file using another device. True DNLA will allow the console to browse media files from a computer or a NAS without another device involved. Just like what  the 360 and PS3 have. 

Blazen702
Blazen702

Still better than PS4 and not everyone has the same you tv you have you narcissist.

gunnmetal
gunnmetal

that would be kinda cool if it did, i have a few ideas..

Burriscold
Burriscold

@oflow already has that somewhat. Set your console to go to sleep mode after and hour, two hour etc of inactivity. I fall asleep to tv as well. And every morning. Xbox On

Burriscold
Burriscold

@Defender1978 I am as well. I can see a streaming service being implemented by next summer or sooner in that regard.

hotwog21
hotwog21

@SSSTcracka your a muppet, sorry but there is no console war, its clearly them vs the gamers, we dont, we pay to play, we pay to win, we pay for dlc, we wait for updates, and then wait for more updates, we are going in the direction of digital games meaning we wont own any of our games, we just rent them or have access until our subscription runs out. Yeah i love console wars too, i can see all the benifits your talking about...not, their is no war, its an illusion. the war is against u.


hotwog21
hotwog21

@darthburrito @hotwog21 dont worry, i just ripped sony a new one too about their, updateless update, all dagling carrots of hope that ''next gen'' is awesome, potential not yet realised, so sick of this crap

oflow
oflow

@Burriscold @oflow nah that doesnt work. The console will only turn off when its inactive and the TV app is considered an active app (otherwise it would turn off after an hour in the middle of a movie etc)

It needs to have a timer built into the TV app itself for this to work.

I can still set the sleep timer on my tv and the tv turns off but I want the console to turn off too.

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jameshubert12 And yet it has more games than PS4 and people spend their time on it gaming. If you honestly believe the XB1 was meant as a "media box" that accidentally plays games, you're f*cking re*arded. Bottom line.


It wouldn't compete, at all, with Nintendo or Sony if it didn't play games. That would be like MS releasing the amazon console.

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

@grenadehh @jameshubert12 SO what have we here, no really what does this update try to implement, MEDIA changes, anyone can spot that...READ my post again dumb @ss, your obviously very stupid, TV GUIDE TV TUNER TV TV TV ... reta@rd, read the update its going back to being a media device (as well as being a gaming machine) in other words MS now concentrating back onto media... what their plan was from the beginning since LAUNCH...
ITS what PS are also now trying to implement


WAIT i know whats going on you think im hating XB1 right? lol I hate both consoles, only trying to point out fact...

Blazen702
Blazen702

No they don't. Get your head out. X1 has better games. Better media. Better updates. Better exclusives. X1 ftw

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

@howiex89 LOL and your made outta my dogs chunks... you need some serious English lessons go back to home school b1tch...

howiex89
howiex89

@jameshubert12 yeh wel wot mate your english is made up of mas cheese pie and i aint talking bout the one in the oven no way HOSE aye i on bout dat one in hidden her downstairs curtain. 

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jameshubert12 What a tool. Impleimentng missing features doesn't mean the XB1 suddenly can't play games. It's called expanding functionality, but you're a complete dumbass so there's no explaining it to you.

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

@howiex89 @jameshubert12 LOL you need ENGLISH seriously please get some ENGLISH lessons, you need them ASAP, the trash you write up is not clear nor does it make any fuk1ng sense...HOSE, CURTAINS wow you going kinky on me son?...

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

@grenadehh @jameshubert12 What a NOOB, NO really explain it... im eager to hear the garbage from you, I didnt even state XB1 cant play games, its fact that you cant fuk1ng read... you misinterpret and yet still go on about the same issue...how hilarious really you are in need of advance ret@rd education...

howiex89
howiex89

@jameshubert12 HOZAY LIKE THE MECICANS DUMBO. so thicko. bet you from notthingham you get the source for your tacos from paps crusty sok cause you thik like tht. cos all da folk like that round there somit rong with ther jeans man. get out while u can befor you get to like dat. nohoper

grenadehh
grenadehh

@jameshubert12 @grenadehh You're obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer, it seeps from your comments. Both consoles were rushed to market. 360 lacked some media functionality compared to PS3. Microsoft intended to fix those problems and now that they have patched most of the important, game-related or XBL issues that people asked to have fixed, they are back to implemtenting missing or planned features.


Home Media streaming is the one thing XB360 was missing and PS3 dominated entirely in that aspect. Microsoft fixed it.


It still plays games as well as it did before Ergo, the re not "going back to focusing on media".


You dumbass.


And really, you call me a noob? So, the evidence in these comments showing I know exactly what i'm talking about someone makes me a noob, which would mean I don't know what I'm talking about...yea, that makes sense.


I've been gaming since the 80s. I've owned every Xbox and every playstation, and every other console except Wii U and PS4.I  think you should probably e-evaluate your definition of noob.

joce667
joce667

@grenadehh Do not waste your time being logic to someone who does not speak it , they will never understand .

jameshubert12
jameshubert12

@grenadehh LOL evaluate, looks like you've prepared a essay that no one wants to read, judging one thing from the next, googled garbage from your perspective doesn't matter, others know what im talking about, you dont, which is why you compared me to a knife???


I dont need to evaluate sh1t, im right and yet your really really stupid and again re-iterated you CANT READ PROPERLY...


gaming since the 80's holy sh1t you must have needed your mama's permission to have come on GS and state garbage like that in your essay above...go back to your fuck1ng moms basement and carry on gaming till the time you hit 79 and die with a media stick jammed up your @ss...NOOBIE