Weibo – or Sina Weibo, as it officially calls itself – is one of China’s most popular social media platforms; often compared to Twitter, the platform serves hundreds of millions of users across China.
Weibo’s launch on the Xbox is significant, not only because of its size and popularity but also because it is the first social network to have an app on the Xbox One, beating the likes of Facebook, etc.
Twitter does have an app for Xbox One; it Is, however, utterly useless, as all it can do is play videos from the Twitter platform.
The Weibo app appears to be built with the UWP framework; the app has been available on Windows 10 desktop, mobile, and even Windows Holographic, for quite a while.
Unfortunately, the folks at Weibo haven’t been able to utilize the UWP framework entirely; the Xbox app seems to lack many of the features present in the Windows 10 versions.
The app also has a strange thick black border around it for no apparent reasons; clearly, Weibo needs a bit more time to bring the Xbox version up to speed. It is, however, a start.
The app itself seems to targeted towards the existing Chinese market, with even the English description of the app being only a half-hearted attempt.
If you have already installed the app on a Windows 10 desktop, mobile or Holographic device; the app should show up in the ‘Ready to Install’ section on your Xbox One.
If you are new to Weibo, are fluent in Chinese, and want to try the service, the app is available in the Xbox Store by searching “Weibo”; do note that the search result may appear in Chinese as 微博.
The Xbox One is much more than a gaming console, and the UWP framework only makes it easier to build apps that work everywhere. Facebook already offers a fully-featured UWP app for the desktop – bringing it to the Xbox One, wouldn’t be the hardest thing.
The Weibo app is far from perfect, but it’s a start; Facebook – much like Weibo – already offers a fully-featured UWP app for the desktop – bringing it to the Xbox One, wouldn’t be the hardest thing.