Microsoft on Wednesday officially expanded its Xbox Video player to the web, where users can stream movies and TV shows, much like you already can through the standalone clients on Xbox One and Xbox Video on Windows 8.1. Oddly, however, you can only stream in standard definition. Yes, you read that correctly: HD is not supported online right now.
We’re not quite sure why Microsoft didn’t add HD, but even worse: the company also said that a Windows Phone version is coming and that, too, won’t support HD playback. “HD Quality playback is not currently supported on the Web and Windows Phone,” Microsoft’s Xbox Video site reads. Weird.
There seems to be a relatively decent selection of content available online, though some of the prices are rather high. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark will set you back $18.99, for example. Thankfully, though, there are also metatcritic, user-based and Rotten Tomato ratings next to each title, in addition to information on the cast & crew, trailers, descriptions and more.
Hopefully HD support comes soon, it seems silly not to offer that in an age where almost all of the media we consume is in high definition.