Kodi for Xbox One is finally here. On December 27th, Kodi team has announced that the Kodi Alpha version is available for Microsoft’s Xbox One. Though it was limited to certain European countries at first, it is now available worldwide.
For those unaware of Kodi, it is a platform that lets you play videos, music, podcasts and other digital media files from the internet, local storage or a home network. Although it was originally created for the Microsoft Xbox, called Xbox Media Center (XBMC), Kodi has continued to evolve, spawning a community of its own and becoming one of the most popular home streaming tools around. The service has actually been available since 2002 when it was known as the XBMP – Xbox Media Player but it took around 5 years to come to Xbox One.
How To Install KODI on Xbox One?
- Switch on your Xbox One, connect to your home network, then sign into your Xbox Live Profile.
- Open the Xbox Store.
- Search for “Kodi” in the search column at the top right corner.
- Hit the “Get” option to set the app to download. If it doesn’t download, then click the three pin button next to the pending status and click “Download Now” to install the app.
Though it displays the version as v17.6, it actually installs Kodi 18.0-alpha1. If you don’t find the app in the search, it might be temporarily pulled from the store for a reason. Currently, Kodi is in Alpha on Xbox One. As it’s not in a final stable version, it lacks the few features as it’s based on the work-in-progress v18 “Leia” edition. However, they will be available in the upcoming months. Kodi 18.0-alpha1 supports features from the Windows 10 version.
“What you should really understand and keep remembering is that it is still in early stages of development and has very rough edges, might not be as stable as the regular version and may even be missing some functions. Due to the nature of how UWP works our hands are tied in some areas. Some parts are not even finished yet and our developers are still working on getting it up to the regular standard. As of this writing, there’s limited access to only what’s part of your Video and Music folders.
Network support is limited to only NFS:// shares. No access to the Blu-ray drive to start the disc or even an attached storage drive. There might still be problems with certain general python modules that are used by add-ons and we are finding and reporting them to the developers as testing progresses. I’m sure there’s more that might not work as intended yet as there are so many features it just will take a while to go over them. We cannot promise to what extent we can get every feature working as it all depends on what is available to us developers.”