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XBMC4Xbox 3.5 is released

October 14th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

SettingsAfter more than a year’s work since v3.3, we are very pleased to announce XBMC4Xbox version v3.5. A large number of new features and improvements have been made since v3.3, including the integration of Python 2.7, improved video playback, updates to the skinning engine, scraper fixes, and plenty of bug fixes.

Key improvements:

Python 2.7 & API improvements

Python support in XBMC4Xbox has been overhauled, with the out of date Python 2.4 replaced with Python 2.7. This update, along with the addition of some missing API functions brings much better compatibility with Kodi (Formerly XBMC) plugins. The Addons4Xbox installer has also been updated, allowing many plugins written for Kodi to work right out of the box. The Python 2.7 update also brings performance improvements, and comes with fully working libraries for sqlite3, and SSL amongst others.

DVDPlayer updates

DVDPlayer (The main video player in XBMC4Xbox) has received numerous changes, including having the FFMpeg core libraries updated to v1.2.8 which brings a variety of new codecs, bug-fixes, and optimisations from the previous 0.10.x version. The libraries used for DVD navigation have also been updated which should bring better compatibility with problematic DVD menus.

Scraper fixes and clean-ups

We had a lot of broken and unmaintained scrapers with the previously version of XBMC4Xbox. With the 3.5 release only a few are included, but they are all maintained and working. We have scrapers for themoviedb.org, thetvdb.com as well as theaudiodb.com for music. Please do support and contribute to these open database projects, as the content and results are only as good as the information people have contributed.

PAPlayer updates

PAPlayer (the core audio player in XBMC4Xbox) has received some updates since the last version of XBMC4Xbox. DVDPlayer’s FFMpeg libraries are now used for decoding of some audio formats which means some of the old out of date libraries we used previously are no longer needed. This simplifies maintenance, and brings with it better performance and compatibility. The FFMpeg libraries are now used for OGG, FLAC, AAC, AC3,and DTS.

Skinning improvements

A variety of improvements have been backported from Kodi for the skin engine. This allows skins and features for Kodi to be more easily implemented. Thanks to the skin developers who requested changes/features and helped with testing. We currently ship with the same selection of skins as with v3.3 – Confluence Lite, Confluence, Project Mayhem III, and the PM3HD skin, but more can be found on the skin development section of our forum (such as the excellent Xbox Extended skin from Dom).

New branding

Thanks to SwedishGojira we now have our own project branding – our new XBMC4Xbox logo is used on our project site as well as for the XBMC4Xbox boot-up splash. Since the renaming of XBMC to Kodi, there has been some discussion regarding our name. I can confirm we are keeping the name XBMC4Xbox for our project. Changing it now would just introduce more confusion.

Transifex integration

Thanks to Kodi and their useful tools for handling translations, we are now using the on-line service Transifex to manage translations for the project. This means anyone who wants to help improve translations can now go and sign up over at https://www.transifex.com/organization/xbmc4xbox and start translating the software to their favourite language via the easy to use web interface. The updated translations can then be merged back into the XBMC4Xbox code base by us.

Bug fixes

There have been many bug fixes around the software with around 44 issues on the bugtracker resolved/fixed as well as more reported via the forum. Thanks to all those that have reported bugs, provided fixes & patches, and helped with testing.


As well as the key features above, many other changes have been made with a lot of backported features and fixes from Kodi. Thanks to Team Kodi for creating our favourite media center software πŸ™‚ Thanks also to all those who help and contribute to our project and forum.

If you enjoy using XBMC4Xbox and want to show your support for the ongoing development please consider making a donation to the project. Please also do join in the discussions over at our Forum.

Obtaining XBMC4Xbox

See the development page for links to the source code and the SVN repository. For binary builds, read the information on the download page. For those that want to build from source, 3.5 is tagged here: https://svn.exotica.org.uk:8443/xbmc4xbox/tags/3.5/.

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  1. DavPow
    October 14th, 2014 at 20:46 | #1

    Yes! Another great release. Thanks BuZz and everyone else that helped fix bugs and what not.

  2. GoTeamScotch
    October 14th, 2014 at 21:54 | #2

    So stoked! Thanks for the hard work guys. It’s amazing how modern a 10 year old piece of hardware can be. Thanks for the updated scrapers. Great work!

  3. sahib12
    October 14th, 2014 at 21:59 | #3

    Congratulations on the release of XBMC4Xbox 3.5
    Thank you very much BuZz for all your hard work and your amazing dedacation! This wouldn’t be around without you and I and i’m sure many others are very greatful. I mean a box that was freaking created 13 years ago is still running strong on the same level as mainline XBMC and (in my experience) better than mainline! Thanks to everyone involved in keeping this project alive. Long live XBMC4Xbox πŸ™‚

  4. RextheC
    October 14th, 2014 at 22:55 | #4

    Absolutly amazing πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for new release. And also for keeping the name up. Xbmc is the best f*** off the rest.

  5. bLiGhTy
    October 14th, 2014 at 23:13 | #5

    Congratulations! Been looking forward to this. Thank you Buzz πŸ™‚

  6. R32
    October 15th, 2014 at 01:25 | #6

    Epic, thanks for your efforts πŸ˜€

    October 15th, 2014 at 01:56 | #7

    Thanks is always good to hear news for my old xbox .

  8. Parker
    October 15th, 2014 at 04:50 | #8

    And the Xbox lives on!

  9. Diddi Schmeier
    October 16th, 2014 at 03:37 | #9

    That’s so great! Thank you!

  10. diego
    October 16th, 2014 at 09:12 | #10

    really really thank you guys! all hail original xbox

  11. MRN3
    October 16th, 2014 at 21:56 | #11

    Hey, great work guys, it was a long road πŸ™‚

    The changelog looks awesome

  12. Linuxfusion
    October 18th, 2014 at 02:09 | #12

    Thank you so much. I’m lost for words. Greater than great!

  13. Rayb0rn
    October 18th, 2014 at 03:14 | #13

    Awesome work…thank you to all the guys involved!!

  14. M Luder
    October 27th, 2014 at 22:19 | #14

    hard work for sure …may the force be with you πŸ™‚ …to carry on with this very famous project.

  15. TemujinKhan
    October 30th, 2014 at 01:19 | #15

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but where can one download this Final Release?

  16. FrodoPL
    October 31st, 2014 at 12:51 | #16

    When I wont to watch movie in div-ix format from folder with .srt file with same name as is .avi file burned on DVD disc program not reading , or not presenting subtitles. On old xbmc (3.0,3.1,3.2.1)on same xbox consoles everything work fine.

  17. Donkey
    November 7th, 2014 at 08:06 | #17

    Grand work guys!! keep it up!

  18. Irene
    January 9th, 2015 at 07:13 | #18

    Hi,it is Irene from SZTOMATO.
    Nice to meet you!We are professional android tv box Manufacturer

  19. henk
    March 27th, 2015 at 19:39 | #19

    Where can I download this final release?

  20. RextheC
    April 2nd, 2015 at 13:10 | #20

    Search in the forum for releases.

  21. alex morawiec
    April 13th, 2015 at 01:19 | #21

    i need xbmc for my xbox 360 elite is chipped