VLC media player app for Windows 8 arrives to the Store in beta

VLC app for Windows 8 download

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.

Known issues

  • 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.
  • Buggy.

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.

Source JBKempf

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