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Spotify video podcasts and Dolby Vision for Apple TV on way to Xbox Series X|S

Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Spotify will support video podcasts on Xbox consoles later this week.
  • Dolby Vision support is also on the way to Apple TV on Xbox consoles.
  • Microsoft teased future media apps for Xbox consoles that are on the way this summer.

Xbox consoles, including the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are about to get a boost when it comes to entertainment. This week, the Spotify app for Xbox consoles will gain support for video podcasts. Additionally, Apple TV on Xbox consoles will gain Dolby Vision support. Microsoft highlights (opens in new tab) these additions, as well as the recently added Discovery+, Paramount+, and IMDb TV apps for Xbox.

Video podcasts such as "The Misfits," "higher Learning with Van Lathan & Rachel Lindsay," and "That was fun? with Addison & Sheri" will be playable on the Spotify Xbox app this week. You'll be able to play the video podcasts in full screen mode or just listen to their audio in the background while you use another app or play a game.

Microsoft highlights how you can control Spotify with your phone, making it possible to control your media playback on your Xbox without interrupting whatever else you're doing on the console.

Dolby Vision brings highlights up to 40 times brighter and darks up to 10 times darker than standard pictures. Dolby Vision adjusts visuals frame-by-frame with dynamic data and pushes out a high range of colors. Apple TV shows and movies that support Dolby Vision will feature a logo in their description.

Microsoft teases that more media apps are coming to Xbox consoles this summer. The Xbox Series X and Series S may have lost out on some of the dedicated TV functionality compared to their predecessors, but the library of media apps is large and continues to grow.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • There is literally zero reasons to get a stand alone Apple TV device now.
  • Apple TV 4K is just $179 and if you don't game is a cheaper option that takes less space (and has no fan) 🤷‍♂️
  • But for a $120 difference for all the added abilities?