New Friends Section & DLNA Support Coming To Xbox One Soon

Things are about to kick off at the Microsoft gamescom conference but the announcements are already starting to roll out, with the company confirming that DLNA support will be coming soon to the Xbox One.  Support for USB playback will also be coming to the console, and this will arrive before DLNA support. The console will also be getting a new Friends section that will allow players to see what the people on their friend’s list have been up to.

The full list of changes is below.

  • New “Friends” section – the new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview program. The new Friends section enables users to see at a glance what’s going on with their friends. They can stay up-to-date with their current activities, the most popular games their friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore over the last 30 days.
  • Snap Center – Some of gamers’ favorite features in the Xbox 360 guide, are coming to Xbox One in a way that’s now truly be side-by-side with games. Messages, friends, parties, and achievements will all be available in the new Snap Center, providing a seamless way to switch back and forth without having to leave a game.
  • Threaded Messages – keeping gamers in their games while they multitask has been a huge focus. The new Messages app features threaded messages with the full conversation history – including embedded links to Game DVR clips – that can be viewed without interrupting gameplay.
  • Media Player – a new app will be available soon that enables users to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. 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.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner –announced last week, this new accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
  • Stream TV to SmartGlass – launching first in markets receiving the Xbox Digital TV Tuner, Xbox One owners will be able to stream their TV across their home network to their smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. They can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One. This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android.
  • Boot to TV – Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV mini guide – for markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. Users can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.

Source: Major Nelson Blog



  1. I imagine Sony will follow the DLNA support soon after as they did with 3D support.

    Question is how long after?

    • Sony’s Gamescom thing is tomorrow, isn’t it? And there have been rumours of big firmware updates with lots of new features for the past few weeks.

      What are the chances of Sony announcing new firmware tomorrow with DLNA and support for video/audio playback from USB with the update going live on Wednesday?

      With MS saying that stuff is coming “soon”, it seems likely Sony could beat them to it. Which is better? Sony saying “we’ll have that soon too” or “yes, we’ve got that too, and it’s available tomorrow”?

      • Today actually, 6pm :)

      • You expect me to know what day of the week it is? I’m not even sure what month it is half the time. Or what planet I’m on, possibly. Yes, Sony’s thing is today, since apparently a Tuesday has caught me totally by surprise.

    • You’ve got a good point there ‘coxy’ with the precedent set by the firmware update for 3D support.

      Now, I want Microsoft to announce that they’re to shortly release firmware updates for… change wallpapers, themes, place games/apps in to user created folders …then hopefully Sony will take notice of the numerous requests.

    • It’s only soon, and if it’s anything like Xbox360 it won’t be proper certified DLNA but Microsoft’s proprietary version of it.

      • Does the 360 not do that bit of DLNA that the PS3 didn’t do? The renderer part that lets you push content to it, rather than just the client part that lets you pull content from servers?

        I want Sony to announce the PS4 can do all bits of it, as of very soon. I’d still love them to do some deal with Google and put that nice Chromecast stuff into the PS4. That’d be quite neat.

  2. Another good update for XB1, let’s see what Sony has tomorrow.

  3. Good stuff, especially the read from usb part.

  4. USB PLAYBACK! And with good file support too! Gamescom can end now, I’m satisfied.

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