Xbox Series X/S Streaming Apps Revealed, Apple TV And HBO Max Included
There are only days remaining before the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X see their release following numerous months of marketing and several years’ worth of fan expectations. While both platforms feature similarities on the hardware side of things, Sony and Microsoft seemingly hold different priorities software-wise, with the PS5 focusing on a traditional exclusive-heavy launch while the Series X takes this opportunity to bolster its gamer-centric services. The latter approach appears to have paid off for Microsoft, as the Xbox Series X and Series S is now confirmed to feature a large array of streaming apps when the console reaches launch.
Your favorite shows and movies are jumping into the next-gen, too.
On November 10, the Apple TV app and all your other favorite streaming apps will be available on Xbox Series X|S.
— Xbox (@Xbox) November 2, 2020
Detailed in a new Xbox Wire post, over 16 streaming apps were confirmed to be available on the Series X and Series S at launch, including the popular likes of Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. Namely, Apple TV was revealed to be on both consoles, marking the first time the Apple-owned streaming service has been available on an Xbox device. Enhancements such as Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos were also confirmed to support “apps like Netflix, Disney Plus, and Vudu,” allowing for “ultravivid picture quality” and “immersive moving audio that will transport you to new worlds.” A full list of confirmed streaming apps can be viewed below.
- Apple TV
- HBO Max
- YouTube TV
- Amazon Prime Video
- NBC Peacock
- Sky Go
- NOW TV
- Sky Ticket
- “and more”
At first glance, this list is several entries longer than the apps revealed for Sony’s PlayStation 5, notably including WarnerMedia’s HBO Max where the PS5 did not. However, anime services Crunchyroll and Funimation are surprisingly not named in the post, suggesting the apps may miss the Xbox Series X streaming lineup at launch. That being said, it’s possible this omission isn’t actually indicative of anything, especially as both apps are readily available on the current-gen Xbox One.
As with the PS5, the release of the Xbox Series X/S has seen a full overhaul of the consoles’ user interface and features dedicated blocks for Entertainment and Microsoft Store services. Not only can users access music, movies, and TV in one central hub, but searching for new apps is also accelerated as part of the platform’s newly redesigned and streamlined dashboard. “The Microsoft Store is twice as fast as before,” boasts the new post, “We’ve cut the launch time of the Microsoft Store app to about two seconds so you can find your next favorite game, app, or movie easier than ever.”
The new Xbox UX is fast, sleek, stylish and works great on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
— Xbox (@Xbox) October 15, 2020
The Xbox Series X and Series S release on November 12th.
What do you think? Are you loving all the streaming apps revealed for Xbox Series X and Series S, or do you need specific confirmation of Crunchyroll and Funimation to be fully satisfied? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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