VLC For Windows 8 Launches To User Disappointment, Low Ratings

VLC For Windows 8 Launches To User Disappointment, Low Ratings

One of the more anticipated Windows 8 application launched yesterday to less than stellar reviews. If anything, several users that installed the beta version of VLC for Windows 8 were left with that sinking feeling of dissatisfaction. Particularly those that donated.

The app in its current state works fine — when it does work at all.

There have been reports of occasions where the Metro app crashes within seconds of launching. But that’s not the only bug in this (what the developers have labeled) beta flavor of the popular multimedia playback application.

A number of critical issues have been cited on both the x86 and x64 builds of VLC, leading to many users leaving straight one-star ratings for the app in the Windows Store.

The developers decided to include support for both Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, at the cost of stability. And it is showing. Not just when users try to launch the application but also with its somewhat sluggish performance when playing back media content.

Then there is the issue that the Windows RT version is still nowhere to be seen — more wait for the millions that use tablets like the Surface RT, Surface 2 and the Nokia Lumia 2520.

The bugs are somewhat understandable (this being a beta, after all), but the lack of support for the ARM flavor of Windows is a disappointment, considering these are the users that needed the application the most. Fingers crossed their wait is not a lengthy one.

As of this writing, the app has a rating of 3.4 on the Windows Store, with no less than 63 one-star ratings from users, with complaints like the app failed to open videos on SD cards, could not handle the FLAC format, and constantly crashes.

VideoLAN has promised much faster releases now that the app has launched, with confirmation that they are working on all these points, including stability.

What about you guys? Installed the app? How did you find it? Comment away!

  • 1stkorean

    I don’t even care about VLC any more. This is of no surprise to me we’re going on 18 months and it is only a beta version, and from what I hear it does not work on Windows RT devices.
    I won’t even download it and try it for myself.

    • Fahad Ali

      I’m keeping it installed for now, but with no plans of using it, though. Surely not unless they make major UI improvements first.

      And well, all the stability and performance issues need sorting out too.

  • http://www.obriensrogueriveroutfitters.com/ Oregon Rafting Guy

    Downloaded it and then uninstalled soon after trying it. It should have never been released in this state. It is not ready yet.

    • Ted Smith

      That seems to be the consensus. I didn’t get a chance to download yet, but I’m clearly going to wait until they fix some things.

    • Fahad Ali

      This I agree, it was nowhere near ready. Wonder what took them so long, at least get a stabled core package out first (when so many others did) and worry about features later.

  • Jason Claven

    I will never get this move from businesses. What’s the benefit of rushing something out? It upsets consumers and give the brand a bad reputation. It just doesn’t add up. It’s better to be late and get it right.