August 7, 2012

XBMC Media Manager Coming to Ouya

When the Android-based Ouya was announced last month, founder Julie Uhrman said she wanted the system to be more than just a game console, and it now has support for apps like Twitch.TV and Vevo music streaming. The non-gaming options on the console seem set to increase, as the team behind the popular XBMC media manager have pledged to bring the program to the system.

XBMC started life as the Xbox Media Player, an open-source media player designed for Microsoft's original game console, but has since been ported to platforms ranging from Windows to iOS devices. The program indexes video and audio content on a device and provides an easy-to use browsing and playback interface for that content. It now serves as the core of derivative products like Boxee and Plex.

The Ouya version of XBMC will build on the development team's recent work on an Android version of the software, and comes in response to what the team calls "hundreds, if not thousands" of request for an Ouya port. Nearly a third of the members of the XBMC development team are Ouya backers, according to an announcement, and that team will have early access to Ouya prototypes to speed up their porting efforts.

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