The Plex media-streaming app is now available on the Xbox One video game console. That enables video fans to watch their personal media on a big screen.
Xbox compatibility is one of the most-requested features of the Plex app’s 3 million active users. The app helps organize collections, as you can see all of your videos via one custom window in a pretty user interface. You can sort via date viewed, genre, cast, and other details.
You can discover similar content and receive personalized suggestions based on your viewing habits. And Plex for Xbox supports voice and gesture control with the Kinect motion-sensing system. So you can navigate the video library, control playback, and perform other tasks with the sound of your voice and a wave of the hand thanks to Xbox One’s Kinect motion-sensing and voice-recognition camera.
The Los Gatos, Calif.-based Plex said the app is available to Plex Pass premium subscribers for no additional charge in the apps store on Xbox Live. For those without a Plex Pass, the Plex app for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 will be available in the future for a one-time fee. Plex gives you access to videos, music, and photos. It is compatible with Mac, Windows 8, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, many popular NAS devices, and other platforms.
“Plex for Xbox is an exciting milestone in our continued effort to help people enjoy their personal media, wherever they happen to keep it, on all of their screens.” says Scott Olechowski, the chief product officer and Plex cofounder, in a statement. “It also happens to be the platform most requested by Plex enthusiasts, and we have worked hard to design an experience that will delight them and Xbox fans alike.”
The Plex Pass costs $5 a month or $40 a year. If you want a lifetime subscription, it costs $150. Plex has features like Plex Syn, which lets you download content to your smartphone or tablet so you can view it on the run. And it has Cloud Sync, where you can upload up to 2 gigabytes of media files to cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive. You can view those files via Wi-Fi.