Microsoft's Blu-ray Player is the first UWP app to be released for Xbox One

Microsoft has yet to take full advantage of UWP capabilities when it comes to Xbox One, but that's about to change as the company begins to bring across some universal apps. The first being Blu-ray Player. As reported by WinBeta, this new UWP Blu-ray Player app will replace the existing one automatically once the update has been downloaded and applied on the console.

The company is pushing out the updated app to around 20,000 Xbox One Preview members as part of a testing phase. Fear not if you won't be among the selected few as more Preview members will be added to the program over time before it's eventually launched as final for the general public. As for the Blu-ray Player, it's noted to not be much different from the Player already available, aside from underlying code.

Here's a snippet of the announcement published in the private forum for Preview members:

"Beginning tonight, the top 20,000 Preview participants (based on total Preview award points) will see a new app update become available for the Blu-Ray Player. The app update will not be available to all 20,000 top Preview participants immediately, but should become available over the next 24 hours for those selected. There will be few if any noticeable differences between the old Blu-Ray Player app and the new Blu-Ray Player universal app. Primarily, we're looking for feedback on problems or any unexpected behavior."

There's still some way to go before Microsoft brings to life its vision of running apps right across its platform, but we're slowly getting there.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.