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Plex Revamped On Xbox One With New v2 UI

The video server playback app gets a major facelift ahead of the One X release.


The Plex Media Server ecosystem has no rival when it comes to serving your media to multiple devices. The staff over at Plex have a version of their app on every major streaming box, smart TV, and console. The Xbox One is no exception and has featured the Plex app for years. Beginning later this week, Xbox users can expect the largest improvement the Plex playback experience has ever seen on consoles with the release of the Plex v2 UI update.

The app has received a complete visual re-design that puts the emphasis on posters and art. In a blog post explaining the new features and changes, the developers at Plex go into detail about what makes the v2 UI such an improvement over the previous version of the app. Some of the biggest changes include:

  • Mixed Photo/Video Libraries
  • Now, not only can you view all the unforgettable moments captured in your vacation photos, but you can watch the videos you took during the trip, too. All within the same library!
  • Alexa Compatibility
  • Compatibility with Alexa means you can freely lose the remote into the deep abyss of couch cushions with wild abandon; just talk to her, already!
  • Better Subtitle Compatibility
  • The app can now display many subtitle formats without using additional server resources. Enjoy faster playback and less whirring!
    Xbox Gamertags
  • Not sure you want everyone to know how long you’ve been playing Goat Simulator? For the internet sleuths in your life, Plex accounts are no longer tied to your Xbox gamertags. There’s no need to link accounts, and you can enjoy your newfound freedom!

The update will be downloaded automatically for Xbox One Plex users within the next week, but the eager beavers who can’t wait can manually grab the update from the Microsoft Store by searching for “Plex”. Using Alexa to start up your pirated Blu-ray rip of House Party 3 sure sounds like fun.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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