Since its late 2013 launch, the Xbox One hasn't exactly blown the rest of the streaming-stick and set-top box industry away with its selection of media apps. Only a few of those offer more intense or interactive elements than you might find on a Roku-branded device, including the NFL's Xbox One-exclusive app and other sports offerings.
On Thursday, that tide may have changed—albeit way, way after the console's launch—with the surprisingly impressive launch of ABC News' app. Unlike the news network's app offerings on smartphones and tablets, ABC News on Xbox One is an all-video explosion that leads off with a surprising amount of live content, much of which—at least as of its first day—contains no ads at all.
We downloaded and tested the app, in part just to mock its use of achievements; as in other video apps on Xbox One, users can accrue Xbox achievements for doing things as simple as watching five videos from the app's "entertainment" or "technology" sections. Again, like in other video apps, these cheevos don't have any point value—so as not to help Gamerscore addicts pad their point total by marathoning Diane Sawyer interviews.