At long last, here we are – the circle is complete; for those who have used the original Xbox – the one launched by Bill Gates himself – the name Xbox Media Player might ring a bell.
It was an open source media player developed for the Xbox console. XBMP gave the original Xbox the ability to play movies and music via the DVD drive, the inbuilt hard disk, or over the LAN network. It wasn’t the easiest thing to install as it required a modded Xbox, but it worked.
On the 13th of December, 2003, development of XBMP halted; born from its ashes, was Xbox Media Centre, or XBMC.
Since then, XBMC have had quite a journey; it’s now a Win32 app, is called Kodi, and is on every platform imaginable: Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Linux – it’s everywhere.
It’s everywhere, except the Xbox. 6th May 2009 is when the last version of XBMC for the original Xbox came out; an Xbox 360 version was never developed.
It’s back on the Xbox
That changes today; at the Windows Developer Day event, the XBMC Foundation announced that Kodi is coming to the Xbox One as a UWP app.
Kodi is already available via the Windows Store, but it’s a Win32 app converted via the Desktop App Converter. That’s a problem, for it must first convert to UWP, if the XBMC Foundation wishes to run it on the Xbox One.
Thanks to UWP, XBMC – as Kodi – will finally be back on Xbox; this time, with a lot less trouble, and officially endorsed by Microsoft.
The Kodi app is free, and the project is open source; while the XBMC Foundation has not given us with a timeframe for when this UWP app will come out, it won’t be too hard to follow its development.
If you are a developer, you can contribute to the project as well. The benefits of being open source are endless.
It’s also not clear whether this UWP version will be available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile; but since it’s UWP, it shouldn’t be hard to make that happen.