Thursday February 09, 2017

Kodi Is Coming Back to the Xbox as a UWP App

This is actually really fitting, considering the fact that Kodi used to be called, you know, Xbox Media Center. I can only hope that they go all the way and revert to the original name, as the new one sucks. If you’re not familiar with the program, it is a great way to organize and stream your content, although the app is capable of much more than that. While the Win32 version is working okay for me, it has crashed or frozen a bunch of timesآ—I wonder if the UWP will turn out to be more stable.

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If you've been using Microsoft's gaming consoles for long enough, then you'll remember the Xbox Media Center, also known as XBMC. Over time, XBMC was ported to other platforms, stopped being supported on Xbox, and became Kodi. While Kodi is a Win32 app for the Windows platform, it made its way to the Store by means of the Desktop App Converter, also known as Project Centennial. Of course, this limited its distribution to Windows 10 PCs. Today, at Microsoft's Windows Developer Day event for the Creators Update, the company announced that the developers of Kodi have been so pleased with the Windows Store that they will be converting it to a full UWP app. This means that it will once again be available on Xbox, or more specifically, the Xbox One.