The latest version of the free ‘play-everything-and-anything’ VLC Media Player has been released for Windows, Linux, MacOS, Android, iOS, Android TV, Apple TV, and Chrome OS. Its gets Chromecast support, and is just as good as ever.
The good news, is that it’s still free, it plays even more formats than it did before, and it’s even better than it was before. For many people, including all of us in the office, VLC has been the last word in free media players for years. Others have occasionally come close, but nothing has ever beaten it. (There is no bad news by the way.)
Fortunately as well, VLC still has the ever familiar and recognizable traffic cone, and the interface looks pretty much the same as it always have. However, VLC 3.0 is the first major update of the player since 2015, and the behind-the-scenes update is huge. (Also good news.)
The traffic cone of destiny
VLC 3.0 has been released for all the platforms mentioned above at the same time, and while that may seem like a herculean task, it wasn’t, apparently. And that’s because All the differing platform versions of VLC 3.0 share the same basic code, all thanks to a massive change at the core of the Media player. the media player’s core.
This is again great news for everyone, even those still using Windows XP. Yes, VLC runs on every version of Windows going, including XP (as mentioned) Vista, and even Windows Millennium and Windows 2000. VLC will also run on all iOS versions back to iOS 7. XP users should note though that VLC 3.0 will be the last version to actively support the 1998 system, and even then it’s only on a “best-effort basis.” That means while it should work, it’s more than probable that not everything will work. The developers even go as far as to tell XP users that it’s really time to think about upgrading.
There are also some big changes to the new version of VLC
The big one is of course Google Chromecast support, a feature that was originally supposed to have been released back in 2015. Needless to say, VLC’s Chromecast lets users cast formats that aren’t normally supported, such as DVDs, Blu-Ray and other sources by streaming on the fly. Needless to say, it works almost flawlessly, though subtitle support doesn’t work, yet.
The update also enables browsing local network drives to access content, and better support for Blu-ray movies. As well as this, VLC now supports ultra HD resolution up to 8k, and also HDR video for compatible TVs and monitors.
Overall, VLC is still the best free media player you can get, especially for Windows, but probably for every other system as well.