Chalk up one less thing for which a computer isn't necessary and jot down one more thing the Xbox can do, now that Microsoft has released ReddX, a Reddit app, for its latest gaming console.
ReddX is available now in the U.S. and Canada. It's the first Reddit app that's been built exclusively for a console, according to Xbox Live Director of Programming Larry Hryb.
"Working here at Xbox is great -- I get to see some really cool stuff," says Hryb. "But I'm telling you, there's something magical about the moment when I get to see something for the very first time and I'm very surprised. This next app did just that. Xbox, go to Reddit."
Just about everything a redditor can accomplish on the news forum from a desktop computer can be executed from an Xbox One. After logging into ReddX, users will have access to all of their saved subreddits and can navigate every element of the new app with Kinect voice control.
ReddX users can vote comments up or down, pan and zoom images, create posts, navigate subreddits and view embedded media. GIFs move and they can be paused, rewound and fast forwarded.
Xbox One users can weave between ReddX and other apps or they can snap the new app next to another window, according to Hryb.
"ReddX on Xbox One can be Snapped to the side of your TV while you're gaming or using another app to help you monitor and join in threads on the site while you're doing anything else," says Hryb. "Thanks to ReddX, redditors can interact with each other in similar ways to the reddit.com experience, and in addition unlock unique media achievements named after some of the Internet's favorite memes."
Along with the ReddX reveal, Hryb also announced an MTV app and subscription service for the Xbox One. The MTV app will only be available in the U.S. for now, according to Hryb.
"MTV is launching on Xbox One in the U.S. with sneak peeks, bonus clips, recent full episodes from select MTV series with a TV subscription and more," says Nelson. "You'll also be able to read the latest in pop culture news, fashion and go behind-the-scenes of blockbuster movies. If you're a huge fan of festivals, and music and video awards, MTV on Xbox One follows the latest and greatest."
The ReddX app came just a few days after Microsoft announced a massive patch for the Xbox One. The patch included support for remote installations and 3D Blu Rays, while offering a number of tweaks to the console's social features.