There have been a lot of hints about Spotify on the Xbox One recently, but we didn’t expect it to happen quite so quickly. Last week, users spotted Xbox’s Major Nelson using Spotify on Xbox Live, and yesterday we reported its brief appearance on This Week on Xbox.
Now, the app is available to download. It works similarly to Android TV and the PS4, and is available free of charge. Premium users can also use Spotify Connect, which lets you control the app with your phone.
Of course, one of the biggest uses is going to be as a backdrop for gaming, and it fully supports this. You’re able to stream one of Spotify’s bespoke gaming playlists or make your own and run it in the background. You can even control volume and other aspects from the Xbox Guide.
“Music continues to be essential when creating the ultimate gaming experience”, said Mikael Ericsson, Product Director, Platform & Partner Experience at Spotify, in a blog post. “Starting today, we’re really excited to offer Xbox One gamers the ability to choose their own unique soundtrack while enjoying their favorite games.”
To celebrate the launch, Spotify highlighted a playlist created by Major Nelson. It includes music from Game of Thrones, Phil Collins, Dragon Age: Inquisition and more. It’s a moment players have been eager for since 2015, when it launched with exclusive rights on the PS4.
It appears that exclusivity is now over, because the app is available in 34 countries from the Xbox Store.