Confirmed: Universal Windows Apps Coming To Xbox One, Certain Features Not Supported At Launch

Xbox One Dashboard

Microsoft’s own developer documents has confirmed that Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is coming to Xbox One. As the Xbox runs on the latest Windows 10, version 1607, it shares the same core operating system as other devices in the Windows 10 family: desktop, mobile, and HoloLens.

Since it is the first release of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) on Xbox, not all features are supported.  Microsoft has provided details on some of the feature areas that UWP app might use that don’t currently function as fully on Xbox.

All APIs are callable and will fail gracefully if they’re unsupported. As we flight and service Windows, we’ll continue implementing, testing, and bugfixing until all of the Universal device family API surface is fully operational on Xbox.

Feature areas most applicable to Xbox:

Feature areaDetails
Authentication (Using external identity provider)WebAuthenticationBroker API is not implemented for Xbox.
Camera captureCamera capture APIs are not supported on Xbox and will not show any UI for camera capture when called.
CastingCasting and DialProtocol APIs are not supported on Xbox.
ChatChat APIs can create messages and add them to the database on Xbox but send/receive functionality is not supported.
Closed Caption PropertiesRetrieval of closed caption properties using ClosedCaptionProperties is not supported on Xbox.
Credential APIsAPIs related to key credentials are not supported on Xbox. See Windows.Security.Credentials.
Drag and DropDrag and drop is not supported for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps on Xbox.See Windows.ApplicationModel.DataTransfer.DragDrop.Core.
File picker scenariosScenarios related to file pickers are currently not supported on Xbox. See Windows.Storage.Pickers.
GeolocationGeolocation APIs require user consent, but currently consent UI is not supported on Xbox.
Launcher APIsSome launcher APIs are not supported on Xbox.
Maps APIsMaps APIs are currently not supported on Xbox.
Photo importPhoto import APIs are currently not supported on Xbox.
PopupMenu and UICommandSeparatorPopupMenu and UICommandSeparator APIs are not supported on Xbox.
PrintingPrinting is currently not supported on Xbox.
SecondaryTileSecondaryTile is not supported on Xbox.
Share contractShare APIs are not implemented on Xbox. No UI is displayed on calling share APIs.
Tile, toast and badge notificationsTile, toast and badge notifications are not supported on Xbox. Toast notification support only 3 lines of text, image, and up to 5 actions. See Windows.UI.Notifications.
Word breakerWord breaker functionality is not supported on Xbox.

Feature areas less applicable to Xbox:

Feature areaDetails
3D printing3D printing is not supported on Xbox.
BluetoothBluetooth support is not available on Xbox.
CachedFileUpdaterCachedFileUpdater and CachedFileUpdaterUI are not supported on Xbox.
Defining app settings on the settings pageAccountSettingsPane and WebAccountCommand APIs are not supported on Xbox.
Device EnumerationCurrently there is no DevicePicker UI on Xbox, so device enumeration APIs are not supported.
Holographic APIsHolographic APIs are not supported on Xbox.
InkingInking support is not available on Xbox.
LockScreenThe LockScreen feature is not available on Xbox, so LockScreen APIs are not functional.
Network ConnectivityNetworkUsage, ConnectivityInterval, NetworkInformation, and DataPlanStatus APIs are not available on Xbox.
Network Operators APIAPIs related to Network Operators require modem support, which is not present on Xbox. See Windows.Networking.NetworkOperators.
Near Field Communication (NFC)NFC support is not available on Xbox, so proximity APIs aren’t functional.
Optical Character Recognition (OCR)The OCR feature is not implemented on Xbox.
Short Message Service (SMS)The SMS feature is not available on Xbox.

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