Plex for Xbox One has been updated with a ton of new features

If you're not using Xbox Music (soon to be Groove), Plex for Xbox One is now a credible music solution for those of you who have local MP3 collections. Smartglass support is now available, in addition to cinematic trailers and a bunch of other new features.

From Plex's blog post (opens in new tab):

  • Music Support: Finally, your Xbox One will sing. I mean, not literally, like you in the shower this morning, but close enough. Play your music, even in snapped mode or in the background on the home screen.
  • Playlists: Access all your music and video playlists. Shuffle your favorite artist, or just binge watch an entire season of Futurama while eating pizza. We won't judge, but your Kinect might.
  • SmartGlass support: Control and see what's currently playing from your favorite SmartGlass-capable device.
  • Cinema Trailers & Extras: Watch movies as God intended, assuming God likes $10 popcorn and sticky floors. Trailers before your movies! Extras, including music videos, are all there for your viewing pleasure.
  • Direct Play for MKV: Most MKV video files no longer need to be converted for playback. Wowsers! Give your server a break, and enjoy super fast seeks using the Xbox video player's native MKV support.
  • Navigation Shortcuts: New key bindings to directly start playing something when browsing (X) or flip between TV episodes (L/R trigger).

Plex also noted that the team has been hard at work on an additional update, set to bring even more "awesome stuff" to the Xbox One app. Some of these features may rely on Xbox One updates, like the long-anticipated un-snapped background music functionality.

OneDrive integration would be nice. Make it so Plex!

Source: Plex (opens in new tab)

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31 Comments
  • I want plex home :(
  • Does that include hacked accounts
  • No, only ><(((('> for you.
  • Do u still need to pay the subscription? Wish they would just make this a pay app. No way I'm shelling out $5 a month to watch movies I already own.
  • Ditto. Paying $5 once for it doesn't bother me. I already bought it on other platforms. This system of holding back for a year or two is kind of ridiculous.
  • FYI, if you use the XO media player app you don't need to use the PLEX app at all. It will recognize your server and you can navigate through your library that way.  
  • I know, and we do but its kind of cumbersome. The movies are buried several subdirectories deep and it doesn't work for mkvs with dts audio
  • Yeah the media app needs some serious attention. It is really nothing more than a file explorer.
  • +1
  • Get the lifetime pass
  • No. I want to buy the app for my XB1 and use the free server.
  • it's $150 USD. It's also not worth it, I can already stream movies on my home network for free.
  • I'm just waiting for them to make the app individually purchasable so I am not required to get a subscription!  Then I will absolutely pick it up.
  • I guess its the other way around. Plex apps were paid apps in the past but are now free, and you need subscription for additional features.
  • You can not use the actual plex app on xbox 360 or the one without a subscription, at this time.
  • So, I guess this still has the beta label, therefore only being available to subscribers?
  • Honestly, if I were Microsoft, this part of their post would be the one worrying me:   "Seriously, who knew that getting an update into the store was harder than killing ice zombies by beating them over the head with an original Xbox console?"
  • I wouldnt say its worrying unless that same line is said after the Win 10 update.  Once we are running on one store with one backend for submitting and approving apps/updates, delays should be greatly reduced. The Xbox store requires a longer process, so you run into issues like this since that was never built to be as accessible as a mobile app store. Hence the need to change it all with Win 10.  
  • Are you suggesting updates should be rushed out?
  • I thought plex got hacked? I'm staying far away from them until I hear otherwise?
  • The US government got hacked too. You'd better run for the boarder quick.
  • LOL.  Indeed. People are silly.  As long as something is connected, it is vulnerable. I'm not sure why people don't understand that (or companies with crappy security, for that matter).  Even an online password manager service (LastPass, for ex) was hacked O.o nothing is safe - not even our power grids! :D
  • Only the plex forums got hacked, like pretty much every single forum software, ever. The only complication is that Plex uses a single sign on mechanism, so they enforced password changes for all users.  
  • Their forums got hacked, that's it.
  • We'll see how many of my movies actually will play direct from the Xbox One, and not make my server transcode them. My guess is not very many.
  • So we can play music in the background on plex buy not Xbox music yet ???
  • Only on the home screen
  • No you cannot play background music yet, read towards the end of the article. Regarding transcoding, it did mention that has the x1 has native mkv support then there is no need to transcode.
  • Just please don't crash anymore and force a hard reboot on my xbox.
  • I wish they would get around to updating it on my 4K tv. It works like crap
  • Is Plex safe after being hacked