In the latest post on the official Xbox Wire announcement site Microsoft has not only revealed that Apple TV will be available on Xbox One, Series X and Series S, but just about every streaming service and app will be available on the next-gen consoles when they launch on 10th November.
Specific mention is made of the following streaming services but the long list is ended off with the familiar “and more” right at the end. It seems that if you’re streaming content on the Xbox One already with any piece of software, you can expect it to also work on the Series X|S.
- Amazon Prime Video
- Apple TV
- HBO Max
- NBC Peacock
- NOW TV
- Sky Go
- Sky Ticket
- YouTube TV
“It’s not just your games that play better than ever before on our new consoles, your favorite movies and shows are about to sound and look more immersive on Xbox Series X and Series S. With our new consoles, immerse yourself with fuller colors, enhanced dynamic range, and spatial sound just as the filmmakers and creators intended on Xbox Series X|S with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, which are supported on apps like Netflix, Disney+, and Vudu,” writes Xbox Wire Editor in Chief, Will Tuttle.
Together with support for all these services Tuttle also adds that the Microsoft Store on consoles has been rebuilt to be more responsive and claims it to be twice as fast with a launch time of just two seconds. This should mean that you spend less time looking at loading screens and more time actually watching content… or looking around the streaming services for something to watch.
While the new Xbox Series X|S is scheduled to launch in South Africa and many other countries in line with the global 10th November release date, we still lack access to many of the big services listed above. The real sticking point is likely Disney+ with The Mandalorian and the upcoming Marvel shows remaining impossible to watch legally in the country, regardless of what device you choose.