Twitter, Vine, HBO, and 42 other apps coming soon to Xbox

Hot on the heels of the latest Xbox One update, Microsoft has announced that 45 new apps will be making their way to the Xbox One and Xbox 360. These include apps from Twitter, HBO, Showtime, and Major League Gaming. The full list of upcoming apps is available on Xbox Wire.

Twitter will be integrated into the Xbox One's U.S. TV functionality, letting viewers see what people on Twitter are saying about the show they are watching. Twitter will also become a part of OneGuide, showing you which programs people are talking about the most.

Several video-on-demand services are making their way to Xbox as well. HBO Go will finally be available on the Xbox One in the US, and is coming to a number of Central and South American countries on the Xbox 360. Xbox One is also getting apps from the NHL, Comedy Central, Watchever, and Sky News. The Xbox 360 will be getting Showtime Anytime, Filmbox Live, KDrama, and WatchABC.

Microsoft did not announce exactly when these apps will be available, except to say that they should all have launched by "the end of this holiday season."

What do you think of the apps coming to the Xbox ecosystem? Tell us below in the comments.

Source: Xbox Wire


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Twitter, Vine, HBO, and 42 other apps coming soon to Xbox


+1020... Useless to have twitter updates in the notification centre that only lead you to the last place you were in the twitter app.

That's awesome, love that HBO and NHL are coming; though the Twitter integration scares me (re: spoilers right before watching a show).

about time CR on XB1 you mean because they lagged so far behind this app, I was wondering if they are a sony company.

The current version of universal apps are for Windows and Windows Phone only. They showed some functionality that extends universal apps to include Xbox1 at build conference this year but that will be released in a future release of visual studio (the development tool used for writing these apps).

Hopefully most of these (that I use - mainly HBO Go) will come very very soon and not 'by the end of the Holiday Season'

So they are gonna try twitter on xbox again.. Hopefully its not as shitty as it was on 360 before they pulled it

Wish theyd show their phones the same love as they do Xbox. Any app that's on xbox should automatically be on the phone. It doesnt make any sense

Is it difficult to port apps from w/wp to the Xbox? Just wondering since they closed the gap between the first two but I've never heard anything about the Xbox.

My guess is that they dont come until the fall or late summer update that enables third party apps and further unifies what is left of the difference between WinXRT and WinRT/WinPRT to save on the work. In the mean time, just release it for W8.1 and WP8.1 already

I guess options are cool, but I sometimes wonder how many devices do I really need notifications on? I pretty much like my phone to be the one and only place. Sometimes I don't mind them on my PC, but it's getting out of control. I'm sure next year they will try to put Facebook in my washing machine. :/

yes so it can post "(insert name here) is now washing their underwear" for all to see on facebook

That was funny right there. What if your X got your appliances in The divorce?. How would that notification come across?

off couse if they open the SDK to app-hub devs and the submission process we'd have 4200 apps by now, not just 42 new ones.

It is like MSFT is trying hard to kill the open app-store model where app hub registered devs can just sumit to the store as they do in WP and W8.....that seems to work well on phones, tablets, and everything else...so why? MSFT why stop with the xbox. as if the XB1 needed one more reason to be an extremelly bizarrely managed product. Maybe they are just waiting for sony to open the floodgates.


Because managing system resources is more critical on Xbox One, particularly given its multitasking capabilities (snapping an app like ESPN while playing a game like Titanfall simultaneously, for instance) and opening the app development up puts system performance at risk. Gamers are much less tolerant of slowdown and instability of any sort, so Microsoft is smart to be judicious in approving apps.

what? you mean to say resource management isn't more important on the phone? you have to be kidding me. XB1 has 8GB of ram, a monster cpu and gpu. A lumia 520 doesn't seem to you more contrained? better yet, the phone is on a battery which unlike the XB1 plugged to the wall makes resource management more critical. Yet android does it, windows phone does it, iOS does it, win8 does it. If anything the XB1 is THE LEAST constrained.

the facts simply do not support your statement and as we very well known, MSFT has platforms like winPhone and winRT which effectively put apps in low power state or thumbstonned state plus place additional limits.

this problem was solved long ago. I'm not buying a word you say.

actually no.

FACT: MSFT announced universal apps. and xbox included. If it was my opinion, explain why xbox is part of universal apps.

FACT: WinRT which is the basis of these universal apps was developed for resource constrained systems like tablets. far less powerful than a device that is plugged into the wall and has a relatively leg up on hardware.

FACT: The same concernes were raised with EVERY moble OS, from the day apple launched the appstore. History has proven time and time again that quality raises to the top, a vast catalog of apps is not just healthy, but essential, and that operating systems and app frameworks, along with app stores have addressed the primary concerns.

The world has changed. the xbox seems to be stuck in 2004. Ultimately the question is what cosole are you going to buy. The one with 42 apps, or the one with the same 42 + 100K more.

They're getting there slowly but surely. Remember the Xbox One was in place long before the One Microsoft memo and MS as a whole are working towards these universal apps. They need to get it right though, we've seen what happens when one rushes in with Windows and Windows Phone having seperate versions of apps with different features etc. MS need to get it right from the start when they open the Xbox up to developers.

They've said everything you're asking for is happening, and demoed that they're already working with Windows app developers on it. And we're one week out from E3 so why not wait and see what's announced there before decrying that Microsoft is out to kill the app store.

Especially as all their efforts to unify the stores and the apps that run on all their devices clearly and definitively show otherwise.

A good start. Remind me, does anyone know when universal apps will be avaliable for the Xbox One like they said at Build?

They made a pretty big push with that, giving XOs to every developer present and all.

+1520 they said before the universal apps for Xbox one arrive a version would be here and another one that is universal

I hope so. They have a universal app for Windows 8 and WP8, so a move to a universal Xbox One app would be a relatively small step.

Yeah... in my opinion this is the most important app (or some other way of browsing your library of content FROM the Xbox One).

Ok, this is cool. A few names in really excited about, especially HBOgo. Sad to not see the 8tracks app on Xbox one, its a pretty good app on 360.

HBO Go is a nice addition. However, I'm still waiting for Plex or true DLNA support. Once that happens, I'll be able to replace my PS3 in the living room with my XB1. Play To isn't enough for me.

Wasn't the Xfinity app supposed to be "Coming Soon" right around the initial Xbox One launch? I swear, Comcast is the worst.

Antena 3. Xbox One: ES

  • ChiliTV. Xbox One: IT
  • Comedy Central. Xbox One: US
  • Crunchyroll. Xbox One: AU, AT, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IE, IT, MX, NZ, UK, US
  • ENCORE Play. Xbox One: US
  • EPIX. Xbox One: US
  • Filmbox Live. Xbox 360: AR, AU, AT, BE, BR, CA, CL, CO, CZ, DK, FI, FR, DE, GR, HK, HU, IN, IE, IL, IT, JP, MX, NL, NZ, NO, PL, PT, RU, SA, SG, SK, ZA, KR, ES, SE, CH, TW, TR, AE, UK, US
  • Fox Play. Xbox One: MX, BR. Xbox 360: MX, BR, AR, CO, CH
  • Frightflix. Xbox One: US
  • FXNOW. Xbox 360: US
  • Gol TV. Xbox One: ES
  • GoPro. Xbox One: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, AU, BR, AT, NZ, IR
  • HBO GO. Xbox One: US: Xbox 360: MX, BR, AR, CO, CH
  • iHeartRadio. Xbox One: US
  • Infinity. Xbox One: IT
  • IVI. Xbox 360: RU
  • KDrama. Xbox One: AU, AT, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IE, IT, MX, NZ, UK, US. Xbox 360: AR, AU, AT, BE, BR, CA, CL, CO, CZ, DK, FI, FR, DE, GR, HK, HU, IN, IE, IL, IT, MX, NL, NZ, NO, PL, PT, RU, SA, SG, SK, ZA, ES, SE, CH, TW, TR, AE, UK, US
  • maxdome. Xbox One: AT, DE
  • MLG. Xbox One: US, UK, CA, AU
  • MOVIEPLEX Play. Xbox One: US
  • MTV. Xbox One: US
  • NBA. Xbox One: AT, AU, BR, CA, FR, DE, IE, IT, MX, ES, NZ, UK, US
  • NHL. Xbox One: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, AU, BR, AT, NZ, IR. Xbox 360: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, AU, BR, NL, SE, RU, TW, PL, IN, HK, TR, BE, AT, NZ, SA, AR, NO, CH, SG, ZA, IR, DK, CO, CL, FI, CZ, HU, IL, GR, PT, SK
  • Now TV. Xbox One: UK
  • Picturebox. Xbox 360: UK
  • Popcornflix. Xbox One: US
  • ShowTime Anytime. Xbox 360: US
  • Sky News. Xbox One: UK, IE, US, CA. Xbox 360: UK, IE, US, CA
  • Sky Online. Xbox One: IT
  • STARZ Play. Xbox One: US
  • STV. Xbox 360: UK
  • Syfy Now. Xbox One: US
  • Target Ticket. Xbox One: US
  • TuneIn. Xbox One: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, AU, BR, AT, NZ, IR
  • TV2. Xbox 360: DK
  • Twitter. Xbox One: US
  • USA Now. Xbox One: US
  • VEO. Xbox One: MX. Xbox 360: MX
  • Vevo. Xbox One: CA, US, AU, FR, DE, IR, BR,ES, IT, UK, NZ
  • VH1. Xbox One: US
  • Vine. Xbox One: US
  • WATCH ABC. Xbox 360: US
  • WATCH Disney Channel. Xbox 360: US
  • WATCH Disney Junior. Xbox 360: US
  • WATCH Disney XD. Xbox 360: US
  • Watchever. Xbox One: DE

Well have you seen the news about the Twitter app? It's built into their TV features and the majority of live tweeting goes on for US premieres.

As with all these heavily localised apps, they'll roll out internationally eventually, but they're a lot of work.

I suppose they could still put out a generic Twitter app like on the 360... But really, how many places do you need to see your Twitter feed? It's on your phone, your tablet, your PC, the web... I'm not sure we can judge apps in the same way on the Xbox, as the use case is completely different to on a portable device.

NHL Gamecenter was the only reason I was still using my 360. But it came a season too late. Now I gotta wait til sept!

Hopefully they got all these apps built with a view to make them universal to Windows and Windows Phone later in the year...

I would like to see a homegroup option on my XB1 so I can join it to my network and access media from there.  I would like to be able to say "XBox, take a screenshot" and have it save a screenshot of whats on my TV.  I would like a 'livecast' option so that I, as a father can use Skype to send a live screencast to my xbox that will immediatly open in a snapped frame next to whatever my kids are watching.  We are a windows family so we all have windows phones, I would like to be able to have my XBox throw up a map on the screen and show me where all the phones are, thus track my children.  I would like an XBox that was more the size of an apple TV with a Kinect attached to it that was basically a netflix machine and not for gaming.  I would like it if multiple Xboxes on a network were subordinate to one machine so I caould put them on all the TV's and have the same functionality on all my TV's instead of the main one.  I wish MS would make commercials advertising XBox video and their exclusives.  I rented The Hobbit last weekend and got the XBox version that put the movie on my screen and was pumping maps and info to go along with the movie to my surface RT.  That was sweet!  It is something that MS should be bragging about!

Are the available Apps going to be different on the 360 vs. XB1 in the US? It's a bit confusing.

I would like to see the HBO go to Xbox as a subscription in Canada. I'd rather not go through my cable provider.

Now is twitter like only integrated in the TV app or can we use it as a standalone app as well?