Kodi Releases Version "18.0-Alpha1" for Xbox One


The Kodi media player software has seen a massive surge in popularity over the past few years.

Initial work that needed to be done was to convert most if not all external code libraries Kodi relies on and get these changes accepted by the original maintaining developer group (s). It took them nearly an entire year, but the wait is finally over.

Officially, the Kodi application is nothing more than an open-source media centre that allows users to gather a vast amount of multimedia content originating from various platforms. Now it seems that the application has come full circle a certain way, as the application has just been released on the Xbox One, and is gradually rolling out to users around the world. If you are from the United States and you are trying to search for Kodi version 18.0-alpha1 in the Microsoft Store, you will see that the only version that you'll be able to find is version 17.6 that is available on PC and that's all.

In a blog post, Kodi says that Xbox One download isn't finished just yet and there are missing features and bugs presents. However, there are some limitations to what the UWP version of Kodi can and can't do (as I discovered last night after poking around a bit).

Kodi is releasing its first official UWP client for the Xbox One today. Due to the nature of how UWP works our hands are tied in some areas.

There's limited access to only part of your Video and Music folders. Kodi for Xbox One can't access anything over USB. No access to the Blu-ray drive to start the disc or even an attached storage drive. "We cannot promise to what extend we can get every feature working as it all depends on what is available to us developers", it claims.

Still, Kodi has found its way to the Xbox One. "Network support is limited to only NFS:// shares".

It should be noted that this build isn't final yet and now there are several missing features compared to Kodi on PC, for example.

Either way, it is an alpha version and on the surface it looks like a pretty good start to bringing Kodi back to where it started - on Microsoft's Xbox consoles.