Xbox One: Twitter, Vine, and More

June 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Along with the June update, Microsoft had something else to announce for the Xbox One today: the arrival of 46 additional apps.

According to Microsft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, two of the most interesting apps on their way are Twitter and Vine. You’ll be able to use Twitter when you watch TV through your Xbox One, and it will display Tweets relevant to your program. With Vine, you can both watch videos and send your own videos from Upload Studio to Vine.

Watch the video below to see Major Nelson demonstrate the Twitter-TV integration (and turn on closed captioning for a bit of unintentional amusement at the start).

Interested? Take a look at the full list of new apps and tell us what others you’d like to see brought to your consoles.

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Xbox One Will Receive Cross-Platform Apps

April 2, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Microsoft Cortana

About a month ago, we discussed Microsoft’s upcoming personal digital assistant, Cortana, and speculated on how it could be used with the Xbox One. Microsoft revealed more details about Cortana at its Build 2014 conference, and while there still isn’t any news of Cortana-Xbox integration, we still see it as a likely possibility.

What Microsoft did announce about the Xbox One was the arrival of cross-platform apps. It won’t be available for a while, but it sounds as though you’ll eventually be able to use Windows apps on your Xbox One.

What apps would you most like to see on your console? Would you like the ability to use the Kinect’s voice commands with Cortana?

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Playstation mobile app goes live in Europe, console launch apps detailed

November 26, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Playstation 4 arrives in Europe (and other places like Australia) in just a few days’ time on November 29 and finally, the PlayStation mobile companion app is also available to download.

If you want a full run-down of what the Playstation mobile app can do (and where can download it) then check out this previous blog post. Essentially it will let you use your mobile as a second screen for some games, communicate with your PSN friends, receive game alerts, start game downloads (including demos etc) and also compare your Trophies.

Sony also just published the list of console apps that will be available for European PS4 owners at launch. As you can see not all are available everywhere (in fact most are limited to specific countries) and in addition, the Quickflix app for NZ and Australian gamers will be rolled out later in December.

November 29

  • Music Unlimited (UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand)
  • Video Unlimited (Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK)
  • IGN (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK)
  • BBC iPlayer (UK)
  • VidZone (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK)
  • Amazon/LOVEFiLM (Germany, UK)
  • Netflix (Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK)
  • BBC Sports (UK)
  • BBC News (UK)
  • (Spain)
  • Total Channel (Spain)
  • Demand5 (UK)
  • Maxdome (Germany, Austria)
  • RTBF (Belgium)
  • NOS Sports (Netherlands)
  • Ximon (Belgium, Netherlands)
  • Watchever (Germany)
  • Viaplay (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)

December 4

  • Quickflix (Australia, New Zealand)
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