XBMC began life as Xbox Media Center, but the platform has come a long way since those early days. It’s become one of the hottest platform for HTPC enthusiasts, though it is far from the only one. Now XBMC is moving towards its latest release, announcing beta one of the new Gotham release.
“After a year of hard work, improvements and testing since the release of version 12.0, we are delighted to announce the Beta release of the upcoming XBMC 13.0, codenamed Gotham”, the company states.
New features include Android hardware decoding, Raspberry Pi and Android speed improvements, stereoscopic 3D rendering, improved touchscreen support, improved UPnP capabilities, dramatic audio engine improvements, settings improvements, better subtitles and more capability for developers.
“If installing XBMC for friends or family, it is highly encouraged that you move the settings down to Beginner level”, the company warns.
It’s available now, but you don’t have to install it and, as it is a beta, you may not want it powering your home theater.