The lights are on
Xbox Live is now used more for watching television shows and movies online than playing games.
"What we're seeing is that people are turning on the Xbox to play games and then keeping it on afterwards to get other types of entertainment," Yusuf Mehdi, head of Xbox marketing, told the Los Angeles Times.
Just over half the amount of time spent online through Xbox 360 is spent on entertainment. Households spend an average of 84 hours a month on Xbox Live total, a 30 percent increase from last year.
Microsoft today launched Comcast XFINITY TV, HBO GO and MLB.TV through its Xbox Live service.
[Source: LA Times]
XBL is easily the best online service. My wife even uses my xbox regularly to watch Netflix. I can stream downloaded vids from my home PC to my Xbox because they are on the same home network and that is really easy to set up. Add in Hulu and my wife and I found no reason to have cable anymore. We just set up the terrestrial aerial and get the network channels in HD just fine. Xbox has allowed me to ditch cable with glee.
I dont play online much. I mostly use my XBL membership for youtube,netflix,and DLC and downloadable titles.
I'm sure that is what MS was going for. Gold accounts are gold accounts and while you might get tired of CoD, people never get tired of general entertainment. So how about removing online play from Gold MS?
its like microsoft said, the xbox 360 is an entertainment console. personally, i lean towards using the apps on xbox live like netflix and crackle than on my ps3, just because there's more work put into the apps on the xbox to make it look better. if you look at the ps3 netflix, its the same plain form its had since it launched while xbox live has changed it (although i preferred the older style better). plus, microsoft is working to bring more television apps like baseball to the console.
I'll still just go do whatever I wanted without a 360.
Too afraid of burning out the system.
I use mine primarily for gaming, but to each their own
Wow. Not that many people care for Xbox online gaming, except for some of my buds who play MW3. They've been talking about MW3 a lot!
Hmm, well this isn't surprising considering all of the other great services offered. =D
I'm probably gonna start using mine for HBO Go.
That's why I call it a multimedia machine.