We knew it was coming, but that it was pushed out now is certainly a surprise. The Kodi team has released its first alpha client of v18 Leia in UWP form to the Xbox One and it's available to download right now for anyone.
It's a very early look at the app, and while the fit and finish looks pretty great (and on par with the current stable version on Windows 10), the developers have been quick to point out where the current limitations are. And may always be.
Rewriting Kodi in UWP form comes alongside finally updating the desktop app for Windows to 64-bit, and eventually, this same version on the Xbox will be available through the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 as well.
It's going to be rough around the edges for a while, but the developer team has detailed everything about the Xbox launch over on the Kodi blog. The best thing we can do is use it, experience it, and feedback where things aren't quite right through the Kodi forums.
We've come full circle. What was born on the Xbox can once again be found there. Welcome home.
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