The Xbox One will have a new and much welcomed app today as HBO Go launches on the system. HBO Go has been an app missed by many Xbox One users, as it was present on the 360, but has been missing on the Xbox One version up until now. The HBO Go app will bring the Xbox One a step closer to being an all in one system, as the Go app is a great media feature to have.
The official news comes from Xbox themselves. The HBO Go app will also feature voice commands and gestures on the Kinect to ease use and search catalogs. While the site also states “Now you can get every episode from every season of your favorite HBO shows right on your Xbox One.*” It appears as if many shows are available, but the asterisk does leave some concerns. As of now though it seems you can watch every episode of Boardwalk Empire, Sopranos, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Girls, and Entourage. While I am sure there are plenty of other shows on the HBO App, these are the ones mentioned on the site.
One thing that will stand out to Xbox One users is that the HBO Go app is only available in the US. This is due to the fact that HBO is a Nationwide broadcast, instead of a Worldwide one. So many Xbox One users will be unable to use the app for that reason. Another reason many will be unable to use the app is due to their provider, only certain providers will allow you to gain access to the app. These being major providers across the nation, such as Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner, etc etc. Unfortunately the people without these cable providers will be unable to use the app and people with these providers will have to authenticate the HBO Go app on the official HBO site.