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Plex for Xbox One updated with new look and features

However, it's technically a separate program so there are ways to download it ahead of time.

According to the company (opens in new tab), the brand new, media-centric interface reflects their love for gorgeous metadata and browsing media efficiently. As hinted at earlier, that's not all of the changes though. Some of the enhancements are as follows:

  • Mixed Libraries - Now you can view all of your photos and videos in the same library. There's no need to jump between different media formats.
  • Alexa Compatibility - Instead of Cortana we have Alexa. This means that you can ditch the remote and simply use voice commands. This feature works through your Amazon Echo.
  • Better Subtitles - Plex can now display even more formats so you won't miss out even if the subtitle file isn't common.
  • Gamertags - You don't have to link your Gamertags to your Plex account anymore.

Many of these sound like worthy improvements but the new look definitely stands out the most. The design is clean, modern and gorgeous. Now, let's say you want to download it right now? Well, search for "Plex for Xbox One" or simply "Plex" on your console and download the file named "Plex for Xbox One". You'll see two files there but "Plex for Xbox One" is the new version.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • Now if they will just bring Live OTA TV and DVR.
  • That would be perfect.
  • wait, so how does Alexa work with the Xbox One?
  • Probably just a typo for Cortana.
  • Not a typo...   "Alexa Compatibility - Instead of Cortana we have Alexa. This means that you can ditch the remote and simply use voice commands."
  • Works through your amazon echo.
    Add the Plex skill to your alexa echo, And when the plex app is running on the xbox you can say the commands.
  • Anyone else think it's odd that they've not tried to consolidate their development under UWP yet?
  • No, well might be waiting for certain APIs?
  • But they've already got a (somewhat abandoned) UWP app, so what other APIs do they need?
  • That app works well for PC and tablet and phone, but not for Xbox input. I prefer the new app for use with a controller or remote. This new app makes it way easier to find all my content than the prior Xbox app
  • Is it still free on Xbox? Or do I need a Plex-pass now?
  • Still free for most functionality. I preferred the layout of the previous version actually.
  • Finally has folder view for movies. Nice update. Home was confusing at first, but then realized you press up on the controller and you get the recent list like other apps.
  • Awesome. It won't connect to my server. Fantastic. 10/10