Like we said in our coverage of the PS5’s media apps, modern consoles are so much more than gaming devices. Microsoft’s past Xbox consoles have been multimedia entertainment hubs, and the Xbox Series X/S media apps will continue to follow this trend.
The Xbox One, like the PS4, has been a transitional console. One that arrived during the streaming boom.
Microsoft did well to adapt the Xbox One to these innovations, but the Xbox Series X will embrace them in new ways.
Today it’s the norm for a console to offer a multitude of media apps. Not doing so would be considered backwards.
The idea of the Xbox One was a user would have their entertainment needs in ‘One’ place. Although it’s the Xbox Series X that will truly live up to this idea, at least we hope it does!
Confirmed Xbox Series X/S Media Apps
Microsoft have stated that this is not an exhaustive list, but here’s which media apps will be coming to the Xbox Series X/S at launch:
- HBO Max
- YouTube TV
- Amazon Prime Video
- NBC Peacock
- Sky Go
- Now TV
- Sky Ticket
We expect more will be added in time, but some may even be added before launch. Here’s what else we expect to see in time:
- BBC iPlayer
- WWE Network
- UFC App
- Fite TV
- HBO Now
- GoPro Channel
As well as many more. Having seamless integration between gaming and other apps will also be fun to use in real time.
It’s also realistic that other streaming services will arrive in the near future, as other production companies begin to branch out. Therefore, expect to see them eventually appear on the Xbox Series X when that day comes.
Naturally, many of these media apps will also be arriving on the PS5.
Don’t forget, Microsoft will be holding a livestream for the Xbox Series X/S on launch day.