Xbox One: This Is How GIFs Work

Soon you'll be able to waste time watching GIFs on Xbox One.

Microsoft has published a video showing how animated GIFs will work on Xbox One when support for the format--and more than two dozen others--comes to the console in the months ahead. As you can see in the video, all you need to do is access the GIF from an external USB drive (or presumably another source) and you are good to go.

Microsoft's video, posted by Xbox Live programming director Larry "Major Nelson " Hryb, shows off the popular Antonio Banderas GIF from the 1995 movie Assassins. Interestingly, Naughty Dog--a Sony studio--modified this same GIF to promote The Last of Us last year.

Support for GIFs is just one of the many new features coming to Xbox One through the August system update and future revisions. Microsoft also plans to add DLNA support, a boot-to-TV option, and a live TV miniguide, among other new features, down the road.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

92 comments
flashn00b
flashn00b

Next PS4 update will counter this with APNGs.

Rakou
Rakou

A real system seller.

rodd76dog
rodd76dog

apple has super million worthless apps.  don't hate on xbox...  I love new free stuff.  I need to play Halo 4 on xbox one, pull a no scope kill, and then record the kill, and Gif it with this Antonio Banderas clip.... Awesome.....

Shilleto
Shilleto

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

danielgibbs7902
danielgibbs7902

People send gifs [Vine} thru Twitter...Facebook & all other type of social media.

Xbox does it & now its dumb.

Too many hypocrites posing as gamers.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

Whoa! What's next, being able to view JPG and play MP3?!!

redserpentmetal
redserpentmetal

So does that mean I have to save the GIF first then you can view it. Not sure how IE currently handles GIFs insode a web page but if this is the case, I don't see any benefits of this.

kaotickibz
kaotickibz

Ladies and gentlemen we are proud to present.. Halo 5: GIF edition!

sammoth
sammoth

Oh Eddie you are the worst Journalist ever.

xcollector
xcollector

Why would you advertise something like this when you know people are only going to laugh at you?

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

Boooo!!  Just another app that will try to eat up more of my hard drive space.
Why don't they fix their marketplace instead, it's still so janky.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

share play... watch gifs .... hmmmm ....

Jasbro
Jasbro

Damn this has totally convinced me to buy an Xbone now, sorry Sony we had a good run but i guess ill have to trade in my PS4, i wont have time to play games on both systems and watch gif's all day.

Alecmrhand
Alecmrhand

What are GIFs? Like really short VINES? Ah, so like if youre in a hurry.

ignitingicarus
ignitingicarus

Wow, they're just as cool as the Sony guys! That doesn't sound or seem stilted and awkward at all! Microsoft is so hip with the kids!

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Shut up and take my money, Microsoft!
yanks it back with a string

Four_down_18
Four_down_18

it already has DLNA support, i watch movies all the time. They mean dlna music or something idkk


DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

add a facebook snap so I can check statuses and msg my friends

Glen_Runciter
Glen_Runciter

Console owners must be so glad they don't have to deal with all those annoying problems PCs have, instead, they have a compact system that can do ANYTHING!

Oh, except gifs. They can't open gifs.

Atzenkiller
Atzenkiller

gifs? Are they serious? Welcome to the year 19something.

kyuubi_clone
kyuubi_clone

great move MS!

i wish PS brings a GIF maker app and make it so that you can send your created GIFs to people over PSN via messages.....your move Sony!


warriors30
warriors30

Whoa...hold on a minute...are we talking 1080p gifs or not?

customx5
customx5

@Rakou One of the MANY new file types Xbox One is getting, sorry you're mad Sony isn't giving you any new features.....maybe sometime in 2015 they'll get around to it

ziseknsa
ziseknsa

@sammoth "Journalist".....more like a journalist wannabe gossipmonger clown...

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@xcollector 

Well real people are going to be like... "nifty"

Lame ass haters who are going to talk crap about MS either way like yourself, those people are pretty much going to turn anything they put out into complete and utter crap, so why in their right minds would they try and pander to you? No one cares, or even likes you... Go sit in front of your PoS4 and pretend you're having a good time, we know you do.

danielgibbs7902
danielgibbs7902

@spacecadet25 You know they sell external hard drives...they arent that expensive.

What about the marketplace do you consider "janky"...As for me I go in buy something...it downloads...I leave the marketplace.

First things first; do you own a ONE, or a 360?

Hasss_a
Hasss_a

@DeadrisingX1 I never would've guessed the guy with a KillZone icon would be bashing Microsoft for nothing!

Rakou
Rakou

@customx5 @Rakou  Are you joking!? My $40 Raspberry Pi can read all those file types. Sorry you're mad, but I also have a PC from 2010 that's more powerful than your X1, but maybe you'll reach that performance when the new console generation comes along - in 2018.

eddieham13
eddieham13

@fulfledgedgamer @xcollector Your comment was going well until you hypocritically turned into the hater you earlier spoke about.

 I like my PS4 and am glad I got one. However I can admit that I am a little peeved with the lack of little features like this. I mean they're updating the system often but still.

Burriscold
Burriscold

@jako998 @Sl4cka @warriors30 dont mind SL4CKA he's a sony psduh owner and has been saying the same 720 dribble on every M$ post, instead of playing with his console that DOES nothing remotely entertaining. As his consoles motto goes, he's awaiting greatness lol

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@jako998 I was touching on the fact that kinect uses up some of the system resources. Disconnecting it, would free up enough resources to run a GIF in 1080p.

Burriscold
Burriscold

@Sl4cka @jako998 disconnecting it does not free up anything, youd know that if you owned an XB1, if resources are needed for whatever gets added that the kinect would be utilizing to achieve anything, then those resources are drawn off whatever the kinect feature would have used(ie voice commands etc). But disconnecting from your system does nothing.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@Burriscold That is one hungry keyboard. I feed mine mostly fingernail clippings and bread crumbs.