PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play ReviewWesstron - March 13, 2013
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PIVOS XIOS DS Media Play Closer Look:
The XIOS DS Media Play is the only platform that runs a dedicated XBMC build with hardware decode. Thanks to the collaboration between PIVOS and the XBMC team, it was possible to port this great software to Android OS and since last January it’s possible to install an experimental XBMC build that has hardware support for the most common graphic chips available in modern smartphones. Hardware decode support makes for a smoother playback of high quality video files of up to 1080p by trying to take advantage of the graphics chip processing power. This software comes in two flavors: an Android APK available exclusively on the PIVOS forums and a Full Linux Firmware that will wipe the original software and transforms the unit into an XBMC-only media player. So if you are not interested in the Android functionality this option is there just for you.
In terms of functionality, XBMC is a powerful media center application that will let you organize and play back the majority of video, audio, and picture formats available nowadays. It will also connect to your network and stream local or online media. XBMC is backed up by a very large online community and since its first release for the original Xbox back in 2004 the development is still going strong.
The next screenshots are from the System Info section in XBMC, showing the hardware and software specification of the XIOS DS Media Play.
For further information about thhe XBMC Media Center project, the best source would be the Wiki dedicated to the software available at this link. Even if you don't plan on purchasing a XIOS DS Media Play, you may wanna test it on PC or MAC.