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Plex Xbox One app adds music support and more

Plex has launched a major update to its Xbox One app, making it a serious contender for your primary media player.

Plex has always presented an easy way to stream media from your desktop computer to a console, mobile device, or set-top-box. It’s just got a whole lot easier for Xbox One owners.

Key to the new Xbox One Plex update is the addition of music support. Now you can stream your music files to your Xbox One, and it’ll pull in the relevant album art too. It also works in Snap mode, according to the Plex blog post on the matter.

The new Plex app supports playlists for both music and video, while SmartGlass support means that you can control whatever is playing via your smartphone.

It’s also now possible to opt into cinematic trailers, which will insert current and constantly updating film trailers before your videos. Now that’s what we call a home-cinema setup.

Other improvements may be less headline-worthy, but they’re still useful. For example, you can now stream most MKV files directly, without having to convert them for playback.

New controller shortcuts now let you start playing content immediately while browsing (press “X”) and flip between TV episodes (press the “L” and “R” bumpers).

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Now, about that PS4 Plex app…

Speaking of which, check out how the Xbox One fares against its biggest rival, the PS4, in the video below.

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