The latest software update to the ‘Movies & TV’ app – rolling out now to insiders – adds support for 4K Ultra HD, allowing you to “purchase and rent UHD videos” on Windows 10 and Xbox One S, according to a report by MSPoweruser.
4K content in Microsoft’s video store
Just a few days ago, Google added 125 movies in 4K UHD to the Google Play store. It appears that Microsoft will follow suit very soon by adding 4K content to its “Movies & TV” (née Xbox Video) storefront.
Microsoft has not made any official announcement yet but the latest update (version 10.16112.1015) that is rolling out to owners who participate in Microsoft’s “insider” program reveals the company’s plans. The update is expected to roll out to all users in the “coming weeks”.
- ”You can now purchase and rent UHD videos inside the Movies & TV app,” Microsoft wrote in the update notes, adding that “when there is a UHD version of a video in our catalogue, you’ll be prompted to purchase or rent the UHD version by default.”
Unfortunately, details are sparse. It is not clear how many or which movies or TV shows will be available in 4K quality. The software update applies to Windows 10 and Xbox One. Of the two Xbox One models, only the Xbox One S supports 4K output, and Windows 10 machines do not necessarily have the HDCP 2.2 and other encryption means to output movies in 4K resolution.
We must await the official word from Microsoft to be sure.
Below is the changelog for the software update that insiders are seeing:
Movies & TV software update 10.16112.1015
It’s now easier to sync video you’ve purchased in the Movies & TV app across your devices with the introduction of your video cloud collection.
When there is a UHD version of a video in our catalogue, you’ll be prompted to purchase or rent the UHD version by default.
You can now purchase and rent UHD videos inside the Movies & TV app.
On Xbox One consoles, you can see how much of a movie you’ve already watched from your Homepage.