One of the features that I sorely missed on Xbox One – that I had on Xbox 360 and the original Xbox when they launched – was the ability to run background music on the console.
Now Microsoft has finally confirmed that as a part of the upcoming cross-platform Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Xbox One users will be able to play background music on their consoles starting Aug. 02, 2016.
In addition to this, we also came across a developer mode application allowing users to play music in the background. The developer app has quite a lot of things left to be desired (like the ability to take music from Google Play or SoundCloud), but it works just as fine with a few hiccups here and there. However, given the fact that the app is still in beta phase, the creator should be able to iron out everything before officially making it available for public.
You can view the small demonstration video made by developer attached underneath and let us know what you think of it! The sound in the video is quite loud so make sure to turn it down a bit before playing it:
As for the app’s release date, Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update will allow developers to upload their apps on Windows Store so I guess we will have to wait till Aug. 02, 2016 at the very least.
In addition to this background music on Xbox One, the upcoming update will also bring Language Region Independence and Windows Store update to facilitate Microsoft’s Play Anywhere, allowing cross-buy and cross-play between Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.
Last but not the least, following the upcoming update, you will directly be able to speak to Cortana via voice commands instead of speaking to your Xbox console.
What other Xbox One features are you looking forward to get in future updates? Let us know in the comments below!