Posted by Chuck Corbin on Mar 29, 2012

Xbox Has Become Digital Entertainment Hub Numbers Show

In an interview with the LA Times, Microsoft has announced when using the Xbox Live online service, more than half of the time spent on there is spent on watching videos and playing music. In other words, people are using the Xbox 360 as more than just a video game console.

It’s not very surprising. Given how Microsoft has pushed the Xbox’s entertainment applications, and also the general ease of use when it comes to syncing up with a computer, it’s no wonder that people are using the system for reasons other than 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, leader of Microsoft’s Xbox market and strategy said.

I know that I’ve used my Xbox for many things besides gaming, and I’m willing to bet that in the future we’re going to see less pure game consoles, and something more akin to full entertainment centers. It wouldn’t be presumptuous to say that the computer and the video game console may soon be indistinguishable, as both types of systems seem to be doing many of the same things.


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