Windows Phone 8 Gets Xbox Video, Xbox Music TodayBy: Zach Walton - December 18, 2013
Are you a Windows Phone 8 user that desperately needs official Microsoft apps for everything in your life? Well, the last two holdouts – video and music – are finally getting official apps.
Microsoft announced today that Xbox Video is finally available on Windows Phone 8. Like the app on PC and Xbox One, Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8 allows users to stream or download any number of movies and TV shows to their device. The app also pulls Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic ratings for those who just aren’t sure if they would like Pacific Rim (Spoilers: You will).
As for TV shows on Xbox Video, Microsoft touts the ability for users to purchase a season pass. This allows to pay a single upfront fee and download each new episode of a TV series as soon as it airs.
Finally, Xbox Video for Windows Phone 8 offers SmartGlass functionality with Xbox 360 and Xbox One. You can use the app as a remote or to pull information about the film while watching it on your TV via your console.
Xbox Video isn’t the only app hitting Windows Phone 8 today as a preview of Xbox Music will also be made available to Xbox Music Pass subscribers. The current offering is strictly a preview as the app won’t be ready until 2014, but it will give you a taste of the Xbox Music experience Microsoft is building for Windows Phone 8 devices. The app is available in all 22 markets that Xbox Music is currently available in.
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