UPDATE: It’s now available worldwide: Kodi has officially confirmed in a post that Kodi for Xbox One is now available “worldwide through Windows and Xbox store.” The company said it looks and works the same way on any platform, and the UWP version is no exception.
Kodi for Xbox One supports most features of Windows 10 for PC
Finally, Kodi seems to have come full circle. The media streaming system which has its roots with the original Xbox console was available on every other platform, but it was missing from the Xbox consoles. Kodi for Xbox One is now available for download, though only in select regions. The app will be rolled out to the remaining countries in the coming days.
Xbox One owners in the UK, Switzerland, and a few other countries said in a Reddit thread that Kodi for Xbox One was ready to be installed on their consoles. Many have already downloaded the initial Kodi 18.0-Alpha1 on their systems. The app seems to have gone live soon after Kodi announced that the 64-bit version of Kodi 18 Leia for Windows was now offering feature parity with the 32-bit version.
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The Kodi for Xbox One app isn’t yet available in the United States. If you head over to Microsoft Store and search “Kodi” for Xbox, it brings up the older Kodi Krypton version 17.6 that is available only on PC. If you are in the UK, Portugal, Switzerland or other countries where it is available, you’ll be able to download and install it right now on your Xbox One.
Kodi for Xbox One is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app. It means the app would support most features of Windows 10 for PC. The app measures 240MB in size, and would soon see a wider rollout. According to TechAeris, Kodi app for Xbox One is fully functional with “all the same settings and add-on abilities” as the Windows 10, Android, and other versions of the app.
After installing the app, the Xbox One users will be able to enjoy Kodi’s PVR feature through a PVR client add-on. Microsoft’s Xbox team has teased PVR for a long time, but it hasn’t yet brought the feature to end users. Kodi for Xbox One was originally announced in February this year at Microsoft’s Windows Developers Day event. The Kodi app for Xbox One is an official and 100% legitimate affair, which makes it even more exciting.
Kodi was originally Xbox Media Center (XBMC)
For the uninitiated, Kodi was originally known as Xbox Media Center or XBMC. The media tool was first released on the original Xbox in 2004. The company had to rebrand it from XBMC to Kodi after it became insanely popular on other platforms when it was released on them. Today it is the go-to media platform for cord-cutters. It has tons of first-party and third-party add-ons.
Kodi is infamous for allowing users to illegally stream TV shows and movies through a wide range of add-ons. However, it is much more than that. We will keep you updated as and when more details emerge. Kodi for Xbox One should be rolled out to the US consumers sometime soon.
Let us know in the comments if you have been able to install Kodi 18.0-Alpha1 on your Xbox One console and how it is working for you.