The VLC player has been one of the most popular media players off all time. And now the player has been released on the Windows Store for Windows 8.
While the app is still in beta mode, it can be downloaded for free. If your are wondering what's happening in the new VLC player front, compared to the desktop version of the app, there is a general lag that occurs while playing videos, apart from some audio bugs as well.
However, VideoLAN, the developer of VLC, has said that the new Windows 8 version is nearly as stable as it should be. As of now, a number of bugs have been reported with the app has just making its debut on the new platform.
The new VLC player is quite similar to its original version. The app is capable of playing every video format that's available out there while also supporting music playback, apart from offering support for MKV files and FLAC support. Also, it is compatible with both x86 and x64 versions of Windows.
This new application currently:
- works on Windows 8.0 and 8.1: too many people are still on 8.0, so we had to use that. This decreases the stability of the application, though...
- is compiled for Intel x86 CPUs: Windows RT version will follow as soon as we are able to compile it. ARM version will also apply to Windows Phone.
- plays all video and audio formats of VLC, including MKV, Ogg and Mov files or FLAC and MPC;
- supports the same codecs as the VLC application for desktop, from MPEG-1 to H.265, through WMV3 and VC-1;
- supports multiple-audio tracks selection;
- supports embedded subtitles;
- supports Background Audio playback;
- features a easy-to-navigate but complete UI, notably for audio browsing;
- supports Live Tiles!
- supports removable storage and DLNA servers.
However, there are a few limitations:
- This app is currently slow, and is slower than VLC for desktop for video decoding and has no hardware acceleration;
- Subtitles support is not very good yet, and notably it only supports embedded subtitles; this is our major point of focus for now.
- Audio does not seem to work in all configurations;
- Playlists and streams are not supported in the UI (they are present in the core)
- It's clearly not as stable as it should be.