THE BBC will release an iPlayer app for the Xbox One this year, the broadcaster has announced, despite having launched an iPlayer app on the Sony Playstation 4 (PS4) at the console's launch.
Until now, the BBC hadn't revealed whether iPlayer would be coming to the Microsoft games console. However, in a blog post released over the weekend, the broadcaster announced that it will release an Xbox One app later this year, offering console users live and on-demand BBC content.
BBC executive product manager Marcus Parnwell said, "I am happy to announce that we're aiming to launch [the] new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year."
In the blog post the BBC also revealed which connected TVs, Blu-ray players and devices will receive the updated interface that was rolled out across smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs earlier this year. Full details are available in the blog post.
The BBC also said that it is planning to release the new-look iPlayer to Youview, Virgin Media and BT set-top boxes later this year.
"Whilst I cannot announce dates, we are targeting this year for these platforms. Similarly, other devices on our legacy version of BBC iPlayer will be migrated to the new version this year as well," Parnwell said.
The news of BBC iPlayer's impending arrival comes just a week after Sky announced that Now TV is now available to Xbox One gamers, a release that came after the app arrived on Sony's rival games console.
However, this release also came at the same time that the broadcaster made Sky Go a paid-for service on games consoles, despite it having previously been available for free. µ