With a year behind us since Windows Phone 8 launched, the platform feels like an old friend by now, and the frustrations and hiccups that accompanied the launch have largely become a distant memory (unless, of course, you’re still stuck with WP7 hardware, and have silently been stewing over increasingly limited software opportunities). But back in those early days, there were still a fair share of glitches, and one issue that came to our attention was the lack of an option for Windows Phone 8 devices to play content from the Xbox Video Store. It’s hard to believe it took quite so long, but Microsoft is finally getting around to doing something about that, releasing a Xbox Video app for WP8.
As pleased as we are to see the app actually arrive, there’s already some room for improvement. For instance, even with HD displays now prevalent across the platform, the app’s not yet able to play HD content; maybe we’re being picky, but after waiting so very, very long, it’s disappointing to see a half-effort like this.
This news follows last month’s announcement that Microsoft is killing-off support for Xbox Video on Windows Phone 7 as of late February 2014.