Xbox Video Web Launches, Still Waiting for Windows Phone

Xbox Video Web Launches, Still Waiting for Windows Phone

posted Saturday Nov 30, 2013 by Scott Ertz

Xbox Video Web Launches, Still Waiting for Windows Phone

Currently available through Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows Store, Microsoft has added Web to the places you can access their Xbox Video service. For those who have not used the service, it is similar in concept to iTunes Video, but with a significantly more customized content discovery system.

The new web version of Xbox Video looks very much like the Windows 8.1 version of Xbox Music, Microsoft's companion product in the entertainment space. Ironically, it looks very little like the Windows 8.1 version of Xbox Video, which is not necessarily a negative, as Xbox Music is designed significantly better than Xbox Video on the PC.

While the full content catalog is supported, along with personal collection availability, there are some issues. First and foremost,

Quality playback is not currently supported on the Web and Windows Phone. Your purchase will play in SD quality. Xbox Video on Windows 8.1 and Xbox One supports HD quality playback.

With Nokia recently launching a Full-HD Windows Phone, it is definitely a surprise that Microsoft would not enable HD streaming to the device. Users can hopefully take solace in the word currently, indicating that Microsoft is working to bring this feature in the near future.

We will only know in time, as Xbox Video is still not available on Windows Phone, and the web version is still incredibly new.

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