Xbox One is soon getting its first BitTorrent client with Torrex

BitTorrent clients are super typical these days from PCs to smartphones, but one area we have not seen them often is on our TV. That may be changing soon as the developers at Finebits OÜ are working on bringing their universal app to the gaming console.

Finebits OÜ already has Torrex and Torrex Pro as 8.1 apps that can also run on Windows 10. However, the company is in the late stages of beta testing their native Windows 10 UWP app, which will run everywhere including phone, PC, HoloLens, and the Xbox One.

Currently, Torrex for Windows 10 is in private beta testing though I was allowed a sneak peek. While the Windows 10 version has many similarities to the 8.1 one being able to run it on the Xbox One is the real treat.

There are some limitations with Torrex on the console such as not being able to transfer the Torrent from Edge to Torrex directly. Finebits OÜ tells me that they will release their "own browser" for the Xbox One shortly, which will "download files and open all magnet links."

Very cool stuff.

For now, I use an external thumb drive with the torrent trackers already downloaded.

Torrex on the Xbox does let you download, seed, and even play, and video files downloaded. The app can run in the background a bit too, but eventually, it may time out. Finebits OÜ will be making more UI changes as well as this is the Windows 10 version just ported to the gaming console.

Putting Torrex on the Xbox One is a momentous achievement as it demonstrates how the console is quickly turning into just another Windows 10 machine.

I'll keep you posted on when Torrex for Windows 10 and Xbox hits the Store. For now, you can try the current 8.1 version linked below.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.