Microsoft’s push to make Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications an option for developers is taking another step with the addition of more apps for Xbox One. Currently, the Xbox One BluRay player application is the only one readily available as a UWP version.
Netflix, Hulu, Cast and MSN Weather are all available in UWP form for Xbox One preview members with the latest update. The applications can all be found under “Ready to Install” in the “My Games and Apps” section of the dashboard. You may need to “claim” these apps on a Windows 10 PC for them to show up on your Xbox One as being owned.
It should be noted that Cast, the podcast application, is itself still in Beta so has known issues which are being developed. As this is only available to Xbox One preview members, the issues that come with preview should be extended to the application and all issues reported.
The difference between these new apps and the versions the Xbox One currently has for non-preview members is that the UWP apps work on both Xbox One and Windows 10. This is good for developers as it means they need to develop once and can then deploy on multiple devices including Windows 10 PC, Windows 10 Surface, Windows Phone 10 and Xbox One.
The new version of the Xbox One update marks the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Windows 10 PC’s will get this update to the OS starting on the 2nd August, Xbox One owners will get the update for non-preview members sometime after that.