What do you use your Xbox for? From personal experience, I can say that I fire up Microsoft’s console more often to catch an episode of something on Netflix or Hulu Plus than I use it to play games.
In a Tuesday release, Microsoft announced that entertainment usage has passed multiplayer game usage on the Xbox, meaning that users are spending more time consuming non-game entertainment than playing games.
Not only that, the company’s metrics now show that the Xbox Live users spend, on average, 30 percent more time on Xbox Live’s online services than they did a year ago. That’s around 84 hours of online gaming, video and music.
With Tuesday’s announcement that Microsoft has added HBO Go, Xfinity and MLB.TV to the Xbox’s stable of video services, that number is likely to go up. According to Microsoft’s release, Comcast’s on-demand library will be available to Xbox Live members, while HBO’s entire catalogue of shows will be available to those who use its app. MLB.TV will allow users to pause and rewind games, though blackout restrictions apply.