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Xbox 360 Now Gets Used More For Apps Than Online Gaming

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Posted on March 27, 2012 AT 06:00pm

THE BUZZ: Microsoft’s attempts to make the Xbox 360 a home media box seem to be working, as the console is now used more for apps than it is for online gaming.

EGM’s TAKE: If you’re the kind of person who enjoys your devices being able to have a multitude of additional functions, you’ll probably find this news interesting but not that big of a deal. If you’re somebody who hates anything non-gaming-related being on your gaming consoles, however, I imagine you might be raging at this very moment.

In talking about some of the new apps that launched today for the Xbox 360, USA Today noted that they were told by Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi that entertainment app usage on the console has doubled year over year. Now—for the first time ever—it seems that Xbox 360 owners are turning on their systems in order to use those apps more than they’re turning the console on to play an online multiplayer game.

“We’ve really seen this amazing explosion at Xbox the last four months that’s honestly even surprised our own hopes and aspirations,” Mehdi told USA Today.

For me, personally, I might use the Xbox 360 more for watching entertainment if the Netflix app wasn’t so terrible (compared to what it used to be). Well, that, and I have far more luck streaming video content to my PS3 than I do my Xbox 360. So, I guess I’m keeping it real, and fighting the good gaming-only fight.

How about you? How often do you use your Xbox 360 for its entertainment apps, versus for playing games online?

Source: USA Today

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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