One of my major complaints about the Xbox One when it first released was that, as a device that badly wanted to be the centre of your living room, it was remarkably difficult to stream media from your home PC to your console. Now, thanks to some new updates to the Xbox One's firmware, that's about to change.
I've recently started running Plex on my Xbox One, which has been a great solution to all my own personal streaming woes, but now Microsoft's own media player app will enable DNLA streaming, meaning that you can watch movies stored on your PC hard drive using the Xbox One. Thankfully, MKV support is also available with this update. You'll be able to watch MKVs using streaming or via USB.
The Plex solution, for me personally, has worked seamlessly over the last couple of weeks, and I love the presentation and the user interface. The only issue is that you have to pay a subscription fee of $5 per month for the privilege. Now that the media player app allows for the same kind of streaming, it's going to be difficult to justify paying that extra $5.
DNLA and MKV streaming is just one of many new features being added to the Xbox One through this update. Another personal favourite of mine is the new 'Find my controller' function, which will make your controller vibrate if you're struggling to find it. This might seem silly and pointless to some, but parents with young children will understand. My kid has a natural ability when it comes to messing with my stuff. It not completely unheard of for him to pick up a controller and put it in the fridge.
You can find out more about all the different features being added to the Xbox One here at Major Nelson's blog.