Microsoft’s Xbox One, the Xbox One S and Xbox One X, are first and foremost game consoles. But they’re also fine alternatives to set-top boxes like the Apple TV or the Roku. You can stream movies, catch up on your favorite TV shows, and even watch live programming. Plus, you can make calls from the couch, share your game feed with friends, and stream some tunes.
Here are the best Xbox One apps you can download now to your Xbox One S or Xbox One X.
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The Spotify app on Xbox lets you jam out to your favorite tracks on their own or in the background of your gaming session. Customize your listening experience remotely from your smartphone or via the Xbox One's Guide menu. Whether you have a free, unlimited, or premium account, Spotify provides access to over 35 million songs and prearranged playlists based on your listening habits. And if you're a fan of video game soundtracks, you can take advantage of Spotify's dedicated game playlists, including hits from Red Dead Redemption 2, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and others.
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If you're looking for a mix of songs by top artists and emerging talent, SoundCloud is the Xbox One music app for you. Get access to SoundCloud's expansive collection that's playable in the background to your game, or integrate personal playlists from your account. Better yet, utilize the app's hands-free innovation to play, pause or skip tracks with Cortana voice commands.
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Microsoft's game-streaming service Mixer provides speedy live broadcasts that livestreaming fanatics will appreciate. Customizable soundboards and visual elements to co-streams allow interactivity between streamers and viewers in a fun and personal way, while simple setup makes it easy to stream from anywhere at any time with your Xbox One. When you're not broadcasting or watching a stream, you can socialize with other members directly through the chat feature or community forum. Best of all, Mixer is built right into your Xbox One -- there’s no need to download an app from the store.
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The Xbox One's YouTube app offers streaming access to billions of videos. You can also check out some of the original content recently released on YouTube, like Squad Wars and Mind Field. To access that original content, however, you'll need a YouTube Premium subscription, which costs $12 per month. You can even use this app to upload your gameplay clips directly to YouTube.
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Sling TV offers live TV without cable, letting you stream dozens of channels over the air, from CNN and ESPN to HGTV and Comedy Central. The service also features an impressive number of on-demand shows and movies. Subscriptions start at a reasonable $25, and you can get all Sling channels for $40 per month. Check out the difference between the Sling Orange and Sling Blue packages to see what each tier offers.
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If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you should definitely download Amazon Prime Video to your Xbox One. The app gives you access to all your favorite Amazon shows, like The Man in the High Castle and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, but also offers a nice selection of movies and television shows.
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The UFC TV app is perfect for anyone who enjoys combat sports. The app allows you to watch UFC pay-per-view events live from the Xbox One and gives you the option of signing up for UFC Fight Pass, so you can stream live events, check out older fights on-demand, and watch original UFC content. UFC Fight Pass goes for $7.99 per month with a 12-month commitment.
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