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Plex launches bespoke Xbox One app, 360 version coming soon

Plex has launched an Xbox One app, giving gamers easier access to files stored on their media servers. 

Free for Plex Pass members, the media streaming service now lets you access all of your music, films and TV shows on your games console. 

If you need to take a break from Destiny and watch some Deadwood instead, you can now do that all through the same device, instead of having to switch to a different HDMI channel. 

Plex for Xbox One and Xbox 360 features a new interface
Plex for Xbox One and Xbox 360 features a new interface

Plex lead developer, Elan Feingold said: “This is huge, not only because it’s the first time Plex will run natively on a gaming console, and not just because there are over 80 million Xboxes out in the wild. We’ve also taken this opportunity to reimagine the experience of using Plex on a TV.” 

While Plex apps for Chromecast and Fire TV would give you access to the same content, the Plex team have really gone out of their way to make the Xbox experience something else. 

This means you no longer have to put your Xbox on standby and switch over to Chromecast, Fire TV, or whatever other media streamer you had plugged in to the other HDMI port. 

Plex has been completely redesigned for Xbox, with a different homescreen showing cover art for each server. There’s now a Continue Watching section that allows you to pick up where you left off and Recently Added is now split up into media types. 

If you have any unwatched media – like films you haven’t seen yet but are taking up space on your server – the Start Watching will recommend that you give these a try. 

Similarly, Rediscover will give you a nudge about a TV show you started watching months ago that you may have forgotten about.

It brings something of the Netflix experience to your own media, offering customers an intuitive and pleasing way to browse files instead of flicking through a visually unappealing warren of folders and subfolders. 

In terms of supported files, Plex says that everything the Xbox One supports – MP4, H.264, AAC, and AC3 – will work. Plex says that MKV files will not Direct Play right now, but Plex Media Server will make sure it gets transcoded in a playable format on the fly. 

If you don’t already have a Plex Pass, you can sign up for $4.99/month (£3), $39.99/year (£25) or if you’ve got deep pockets, fork out $149.99 (£93.40) for a life time pass. The app is free to download for Plex Pass customers. Alternatively, you can 

Xbox One owners can download the Plex app today, while Xbox 360 customers will need to wait until their app rolls out later in the year. There’s no mention yet of Plex working on apps for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 customers. 

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