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Dailymotion for Xbox One is a less impressive look at new console apps

Following MSN Weather, the next Universal App we're getting a look on the latest Xbox One preview build is Dailymotion. This new app is available to download now and Microsoft is inviting testers to go try it out.

While it's great to see another fairly large name pushing out a new app ahead of the official launch, this one isn't without its issues. Most notably it looks as though some areas of being a phone or tablet app haven't been completely ironed out.

The user interface is pretty massive looking, but this is no doubt something we'll have to get used to as more apps hit our big screens. Controller support has been added, so no cursor or anything, and hitting 'Y' from any screen will take you directly to search. A nice touch.

There's also a nifty mini-player which on a display this large is actually useful, since you can see what it's playing properly while you navigate other areas of the map. But even that isn't completely there just yet.

For one, it sometimes seems to just not work. This leaves an ugly grey box on the screen with no content in it and just gets in the way. It'd be swell if you could dismiss it, but so far we can't see a way to get rid of the mini-player without quitting and relaunching the app. There are controls which come up, but you don't seem to be able to select those either. It almost looks like it's begging you to touch it. Except you can't.

The carry over from being a touch-app continues in settings. You can turn the Live Tile on or off. But the Xbox One doesn't support Live Tiles, so it shouldn't even be there. An oversight, perhaps, but adds confusion where there shouldn't be any.

And last, but by no means least, it's just slow. Where apps like Netflix and Twitch will generally buffer quite quickly and get you into your content, this one does not. It's really slow and leaves you looking at a blocky mess for far too long.

We're excited for apps on the console, very much so, but this one seems like a stumble. What's more is that we're still not convinced that a blown-up phone UI is the way to go over the scaled up one we already get on the PC with universal apps. The TV is a difficult thing to get right, but Dailymotion hasn't come close to attempting that. Yet.

If you're on the latest preview build hit up the Store on your console to check out Dailymotion for yourselves.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

20 Comments
  • Well it takes time to perfect a design and user input is the most valuable tool right now, look WC app for instance how it evolved.
  • Tbh many of these issues are bugs present in the PC and mobile apps too.
  • Its is the beginning. I still remember how unnatural was using the first Kinect in xbox 360.
  • I think this demonstrates making Universal Apps for different platforms with many different User Interfaces is not that easy. Each platform will require substantial work to make it run smoothly.
  • My thoughts exactly. Universal ain't so universal in real world use cases.
  • On the other hand, who knows how much/little work has gone into it. Maybe it's a quick 5-minute port just to get anything at all out there.
  • Exactly... What people fail to understand is that you can have the same exact code run in a UWP on all platforms with the exception of the UI layer, which for my understanding, is automatically adaptable to some extent. It looks like the DailyMotion guys wanted to release the app to get some runtime on the business logic knowing that the UI is not 100% yet. Work in progress people!
  • True. I have been learning on UWP for some time and my app designed based on phone size still needs some major adjustments so that it'll look good on PC. That said, coding UWP is a lot of fun! I do hope the company I worked with allows me to spend more time to do UWP app since there's enough Android and iOS developers already in my opinion.
  • "you can have the same exact code run in a UWP on all platforms with the exception of the UI layer, which for my understanding, is automatically adaptable to some extent" Exatcly the same as Android and iOS (and to some extent SailfishOS and Ubuntu) then.
  • This app was a mess on my phone and PC too when I tried it last time. I don't know how it's looking and working now, but I guess Dailymotion isn't the best in developing their apps. But we'll see at the official launch of the AU on the Xbox One.
    P.S.: The XBO should support live tiles just like all the other win 10 devices.
  • Exactly my thoughts. I've already encountered the grey box issue for one.
  • If only cable companies would provide apps for on demand streaming, dvr and live tv, we could ditch the clunky old cable boxes that litter our houses......whatever fee i pay for the box, I'd gladly pay to ditch the box
  • It's on Dailymotion here, they just released the app without making sure it was as "smart" as everyone else's, apps should leverage the form factor intelligently...honestly they just never made it right to begin with.
  • The app is in preview so what's the problem? It's EXTREMELY impressive that apps work just like that on Xbox One. All XAML controls Microsoft has created supported gamepad out of the box, it's so well thought out.
  • Dailymotion in all its incarnations has been video hot Chinatown garbage.
  • agreed. even their site is clunky, and disorganized, with a horrible UI. i don't know what everyone expected from their app.
  • This shouldn't be surprising. Dailymotion sucks period. It's mobile and desktop websites suck. Even it's iPad app is no more than medicore at best.
  • I wonder why this is so different from designing from phone to tablet...I thought adaptive triggers and controls like relative panels would have solved a lot of whoa...I wonder if it is more poor design or actually a uwp problem.
  • When will we see Windows Central on the Xbox One in Preview? ;)
  • Microsoft's own Weather app for Xbox One is also a direct port from the PC, there is no optimization for controller use and the selection rectangle disappears sometimes, forcing you to exit and reenter the app. I had the same problem with Cortana some times, the hamburguer menu doesn't seem to be made for a console.