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Xbox One Gamescom updates: USB media support, pre-orders, and pre-load

by on August 12, 2014
 

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It seems that Microsoft has finally listened to gamers, as they announced at Gamescom 2014 that three new important features are coming to Xbox One soon. In the next system update, you’ll be able to stream media using USB devices, pre-order and pre-load your games digitally.

The pre-loading feature will be implemented starting with the release of Forza Horizon 2 and Fifa 15, with more titles to be introduced at a later date. Meaning that you can simply buy your games from home, have them downloaded and ready to play exactly at midnight on the official release day.

The new Media App will now accept both USB devices and home media servers that supports DLNA protocols. By using USB devices, Xbox One owners will be able to play home made videos and music, alongside a lot more other things.

“The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon,” said Microsoft.

“Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.”

Source: Major Nelson

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