Disney+ is finally rolling out on gaming consoles. Well… on Xbox at first. The company announced that the streaming service will release its dedicated Xbox app for the South African Disney+ platform on 29 September. The Disney+ app will release on Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X on the day.
Users will have access to high-quality viewing, up to four concurrent streams, unlimited downloads on up to ten devices, and the ability to set up to seven different profiles, including the ability for parents to set a PIN to access age-appropriate content.
Now you might be thinking to yourself “this is pretty late considering Disney+ has been around for years now”. However, while Disney+ has in fact been around for a while now, our Disney+ is the lower-end version of the service available around the world already. Dubbed “Disney+ Hotmess” it runs on the Hotstar platform which has encountered various quality issues and bugs since its launch.
Regions that have had the other, better version of Disney+ have enjoyed the Xbox app since its initial rollout. Disney has had to develop a native app that supports the Hotstar service and it wasn’t as simple as porting over the Disney+ app that’s available for the US version.
When this Xbox Disney+ app does arrive in South Africa, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for anything remarkable. Disney has likely ported the same horrible app from the TV, iPad, iOS and Android platforms to Xbox. Don’t expect it to feature IMAX content, special features, true 4K Dolby Vision and the other fancy features the US version has.
We also know that Hisense is currently porting the app to the VIDAA OS. The company is one of the select few TV brands in SA that doesn’t have the Disney+ app yet. As for PlayStation, we have no idea when that will arrive but at least this new Xbox app launch is a good sign that the platform is rolling out on other devices. If only Disney could address the dozens of issues the app faces on a daily basis next.