The Xbox Series X's BBC iPlayer app doesn't work at launch

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The Xbox Series X and Series S will arrive tomorrow in the homes of people who pre-ordered one, but one thing those lucky sausages won't be doing with their new consoles is watching BBC iPlayer.

We noticed during our Xbox Series X review that the iPlayer app was present but wouldn't load, but we put that down to the pre-release nature of our test console. However, in a new 'Known Issues' piece on it own website, Microsoft has clarified that iPlayer is not currently compatible with its new consoles.

Now, we're not about to suggest that anyone's forked out hundreds of pounds on a next-gen console with catch-up Eastenders as their top priority, but the fact that iPlayer isn't working at all is a bit of a dent in the consoles' credentials as all-in-one media players (just as the noise of the disc drive hampers the Series X's performance as a Blu-ray player).

With any luck, this issue will be dealt with swiftly. Microsoft says that while "there is no workaround at this time", it is "working with our app partners to resolve this".


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Tom Parsons

Tom Parsons has been writing about TV, AV and hi-fi products (not to mention plenty of other 'gadgets' and even cars) for over 15 years. He began his career as What Hi-Fi?'s Staff Writer and is now the TV and AV Editor. In between, he worked as Reviews Editor and then Deputy Editor at Stuff, and over the years has had his work featured in publications such as T3, The Telegraph and Louder. He's also appeared on BBC News, BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and Sky Swipe. In his spare time Tom is a runner and gamer.