VLC, the popular free media player on Windows — just because it can play pretty much any video and audio file — is finally arriving to the Windows Store. Today the VideoLan team is announcing the release of the first beta version of VLC media player (Metro-style) app for Windows 8.x, with a Windows RT version that will be available soon.
According to one of the developers the VLC media player app still a bit buggy, but it works, and people wanting to try the new app can download it now from the Windows Store.
- Works on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
- VLC 0.2.0 only works on x86 Intel chips.
- Windows RT isn’t currently supported, but it will soon after VLC is compile for ARM chips.
- Support for all the audio and video file format that is supported in VLC, including OGG, MOV, MKV, FLAC, and MPC.
- Support for the same codecs as the VideoLAN application for the desktop, such as MPEG-1 to H.265, passing through WMV3 and VC-1.
- Support embedded subtitles.
- Support multiple-audio tracks sections.
- Support background audio playback.
- Support for live tile
- Support for removable storage and DLNA servers.
- VLC app for Windows 8 at the current stage is slow.
- There is no hardware acceleration.
- Subtitles don’t work very well.
- Audio doesn’t seem to work in all configurations.
- Streams and playlists aren’t supported.
These issues and other are being worked out, but there isn’t a time frame for a new update. What we know for sure is that the VideoLAN team is working on subtitles and audio quality, and to improve stability.