Plex today announced their new Plex Media Player for desktop PCs. It was built from the ground up to deliver the absolute highest quality media browsing and playback experience.
- Best media playback engine in the world. Needs to play every format under the sun. Needs to render hellishly complex anime subtitles without batting a tentacle, and support all the high-end features true Home Theater devotees want: refresh rate switching, display sync, rich subtitle support, popcorn maker integration, etc.
- Most beautiful, efficient media library browsing experience in the world, scaled to any resolution.
- Truly cross-platform, with hardware acceleration, even on a Raspberry Pi 2.
So what does Plex Media Player support which Plex Home Theater does not?
- The best-in-class mpv engine is used for playback
- Improved video codec support (e.g. H.265)
- A true 4K interface
- Bit-perfect LPCM decoding of DTS-HD MA (using libdcadec)
- Shared code-base with many of our other apps (including PlayStation, Smart TVs, and Xbox One), allowing faster development
- Streamlined interface that brings our premium desktop app in line with the rest of our big screen offerings
- Snappier and more feature-rich UI, including better animations
- Support for multi-channel music tracks
- Allows for different audio delay depending on video framerate (23.976 Hz vs. the rest)
- Native Raspberry Pi 2 port
- Mouse support
The Plex Pass preview of the app is available today for download (sign into your Plex Pass-enabled account and choose the “Plex Pass Downloads” button). It’ll be free for everyone after the preview period.