Kodi has now been made available on the Xbox, the first hardware that is was designed to run on back in 2002.
For those of you who don’t know, Kodi is an open-source media player that plays both local files and those available online.
By loading a range of app, known as “add-ons”, you can view a whole host of media which unfortunately has led to the Kodi reputation being tarnished due to illegal streaming.
It should be understood that Kodi is not illegal, but some of its content is.
Announcing their arrival on Xbox, Kodi said:
“Let us end the year 2017 with a blast including a nostalgic reference to the past,” the company wrote.
“It has long been asked for by so many and now it finally happened. Kodi for Xbox One is available worldwide through Windows and Xbox Store and will only be released from Kodi v18 and onwards.”
Unfortunately, the Kodi app is missing a number of key features that you would find on the desktop counterpart.
Kodi has also warned users that it “may contain missing features and bugs”.
At the time of writing, Kodi has the following limitations –
– Limited access to only part of your Video and Music folders
– Network support is limited to only NFS:// shares
– Kodi on Xbox One has no access to the Blu-ray drive to start the disc
– There’s no access to an attached storage drive
– There might still be problems with certain add-ons
It seems that it hasn’t been easy for Kodi to return to its original home and indeed it has taken more than a year for things to be finalised.
The company shared, “In December 2016 (yes you read that right) the initial reconnaissance was done on what it would take to get it done and it seemed plausible.
“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).
“Once that work was started the current Windows specific code was picked apart piece by piece and slowly converted to be with the UWP specs.”