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XMBC releases 13.0 'Gotham' Beta 1

The new XMBC Media Center comes with many optimized improvements for Rasberry Pi and Android, improved UPnP support and a lot more.

Published Tue, Mar 4 2014 6:55 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

XMBC recently made an announcement about its BETA 1 edition of the new media center software: V13.0 codenamed "Gotham". The team says that they have worked hard on this project and made improvements since the release of the older 12.0 release.

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The new XMBC interface comes with a lot of features based on the user's feedback and requests. Some of those features are Android Hardware Decoding, Rasberry Pi and Android speed improvements, Stereoscopic 3D Rendering better touchscreen support, better audio engines and other setting improvements. The team assured that this version of XMBC should run on Android 4.0 and higher for ARM and x86 architectures. Users required this software to run smoothly on Rasberry Pi and Android, of which the team was able to work on it and make improvements. More specifically: opening and browsing libraries, loading images and initial starting of videos. For 3D lovers, XMBC now supports SBS, TAB, anaglyph and interlaced.

However, XMBC wasn't able to provide support for 3D Blueray and provide hardware acceleration for FullSBS/TAB movies.

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XMBC systems with touchscreens should have an improvement, as it now supports gesture control during video playback and swiping controls in navigation. XMBC system can now communicate with other XMBC in the same house household via UPnP.

Mind you, this is still a BETA version, so its best to read the website's important notice before going ahead with the installation.

The BETA download links are as follows:

  • Windows
  • OSX and OSX-x86-64
  • Android-ARM and Android-x86
  • Apple TV and iOS
  • XBMCbuntu/Ubuntu

The files for the respective OS can be downloaded from here.

After being a long time PC enthusiast and a former contributor for many Indian based PC and Tech forums, Roshan now joins TweakTown covering tech news and also any developments from India. Like many enthusiasts, with years of being involved in many Indian tech forums and running his own tech site, he's commonly referred by his forum nickname 'The Sorcerer' by many old and new fellow PC enthusiasts, followed by few companies from time to time. He's also the winner of the TweakTown's Computex 2012 Taipei trip. If any free time is left, Roshan prefers to play FPS games.

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