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Torrex Beta app arrives on the Xbox One Store ahead of testing

The beta app for the popular Torrex BitTorrent client is now on the Xbox One Store, but testing isn't ready to kick off just yet. And though the app is running on a game console, it sounds like the experience will remain very similar to the experience on Windows 10, where the UWP app first launched in beta in early August.

According to the folks behind Torrex, the beta app doesn't feature any UI changes on the Xbox One, but they will come in time. In fact, a mouse emulator is being used for interaction for the time being.

Another hiccup involves .torrent files and magnet links, neither of which will open in Microsoft Edge on Xbox One. As a result, you'll only be able to start downloading files using a .torent file on a USB stick. To get around this, the Torrex team says it will release its own browser for Xbox One that will allow downloading .torrent files and open magnet links.

While the beta app is now showing up on the Xbox Store, the beta test isn't ready to kick off just yet. Torrex says it is "planning to start Beta test in the near future and will notify when it comes." We will, of course, let you know once things kick off as well.

For now, you can check out the TorrexBeta listing — which carries a humorously prohibitive $999 price tag — on the Windows Store and on your Xbox One. And if waiting to try things on the Xbox One has you anxious, you can sign up to test the app on Windows 10 now.

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16 Comments
  • BitTorrent on Xbox? O.o
  • power of windows 10. if sony does not make some changes fast, in the long run they will be in trouble. they already have a very small selection of apps
  • I don't see me ever downloading torrents on my Xbox.
  • Sony is busy being console gaming leader with huge margin. Adding new gaming capabilities like VR while MS makes new boxes for the old consoles. Wouldn't be too worried about Sony.
  • Your right about Sony being the console leader but VR is way over-hyped and already the backlash is beginning on many gaming sites like NeoGAF, Eurogamer, Gamespot etc. just read the comments on anything VR related and the recent appearance of VR shovel ware (old wii titles being recycled). The tech media hype around VR is really in reference to the mobile space. Sony has no app strategy at all which is actually dangerous for them in the long run but a lot depends on how liberal MS is with Xbox apps, if they are allowed to do things that raise eyebrows or other interesting uses then it may start to make a difference.
  • Well there is a use case for that sometimes. Some don't fully turn off their Xbox One console and this can benfit of having a devices that downloads torrents while you are doing other stuff, especially if you actually don't own a desktop PC or just don't want to use that power-hungry gaming rig running just for torrent. Nice to have but not needed. Though most important argument as the article states, the app needs to be really suitable to be used with controller and tweaking the UI to be suited for TV use at least, if not redesigning to follow normal Xbox UI Dashboard which I'm always hoping for every Xbox app released. Using joystick acting as a mouse to navigate the app is clunky and slow. Mouse emulator is really only needed when navigating a web page, but please not for apps.
  • So u mean I can dl torrents via my XBO? That's just amazing.
  • Dirty torrents
  • In fact, a mouse emulator is being used for interaction for the time being.
    ​For your information, "mouse emulator" is default for every UWP app published to Xbox One that doesn't support gamepad navigation (yet).
  • My word..... Can't quite believe they allow this.
  • Malwarebytes on a Xbox? Hmmm....... Another revenue stream for companies lol lol.
  • This is really an awesome app. I use it on my Mobile
  • What would happen if someone spent the $999 amount, would they be able to use the app right away then?
  • Asking a real questions here. :D
  • In India its 63,700 only....haha
  • This means if you use the correct websites, you can download full xbox one games for free