Fans of VLC Player will have to wait a few more months to try it on Microsoft’s latest operating system, it seems. Little was known about the dedicated version of VLC Player for Windows 8, except the confirmation from the VideoLAN team that it was in development.
But now they have published the project on Kickstarter (with tons of details) as the developers seek to raise money to allow core members of the team to work on the port full time:
“The existing version runs on Windows 8’s desktop mode, and is available only for Intel-based PCs. This new port will be natively integrated within the new User Experience and will also support ARM-based tablets in a subsequent release”.
Apparently, VLC for Windows 8 could bring support for DVDs and VCDs as well as unencrypted Blu-ray discs. The development team also plans on bringing all the existing features of the standard VLC Player to Windows 8, including video filters, an equalizer and support for subtitles.
“We will pursue a fully-compliant app for submission to the Windows Store in order to reach as many users as possible, and to provide a consistent installation and update experience”.
The team has already finished work on a prototype of the application, but the final version isn’t expected until around March 2013. And whether the app will find its place on the Windows Store is still anyone’s guess.
“While we think it is feasible, there is a significant number of forbidden API calls, so in theory, VLC for Windows 8 might not be applicable for the store. We will do our best to achieve a successful publication on the store, so side loading isn’t needed”.
Click here to go to the Kickstarter page of the project, read up on the details, and donate.