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Kodi comes full circle with a return to the Xbox

30 December 2017, 01:02 | Patty Hardy

Kodi comes full circle with a return to the Xbox

Kodi comes full circle with a return to the Xbox

Kodi's look and feel on the Xbox One are very familiar though. Its availability is now considered a soft-launch but some users confirmed that it likewise supports all the bells and whistles of the original software.

Kodi, the hugely popular media player, is now available to download for the Xbox One.

While Kodi on the Xbox One looks and works nearly exactly like Kodi on any other platform, the functionality of it is a bit limited at the moment. Kodi, however, can still offer more in the form of add-ons.

When it comes to console exclusives, the PS4 and Nintendo Switch wiped the floor with the Xbox One in 2017.

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Microsoft's desire to include UWP apps on the Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 devices, has given the Kodi team the ability to bring its software back to the platform it all started from, and makes the Xbox One an even more powerful media player. In a blog post, one of the developers detailed the tedious process of porting their classic desktop code into the new UWP app while making sure support for third-party add-ons remains intact. Even though the program was initially designed around the Xbox, the XBMC Foundation dropped support for that console in 2010. Users can even use mobile apps to control Kodi on a PC, just like controlling a TV with a remote.

"As of this writing there's limited access to only what's part of your Video and Music folders", Kodi said. The media tool was first released on the original Xbox in 2004.

As time went by XBMP became XBMC, and eventually Kodi. Kodi has unveiled version "18.0-Alpha1" for the Xbox One, giving owners of the console a (rough) streaming option.

Due to the nature of its legality, most users protect their networks via VPN to keep existing connections anonymous for obvious reasons. As the developers mention, hope for XMBC/Kodi on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One was pretty much all but lost until Microsoft announced the UWP (Universal Windows Platform).

Media streaming software Kodi used to be known as XBMC (Xbox Media Center), but ironically, one of the few devices it hasn't worked on is the Xbox One - until now.

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