Games are a minority for Xbox owners

Marketplace Staff Mar 28, 2012

Didn’t we tell you? Didn’t we say this yesterday? The Xbox is fine for playing Modern Warfare, sure, but it’s really meant to be a home entertainment and communications hub. Now, Microsoft is saying that for the first time, people are watching more movies and TV shows over the device than playing games.

From the LA Times:

Yusuf Mehdi, who heads up marketing and strategy for Microsoft’s Xbox business, said households now spend an average of 84 hours a month on the Xbox Live online service playing games, watching videos and listening to music. That’s up 30% from a year ago. Just over half that time is spent on videos and music.

But there was some frustration yesterday as HBO Go and Comcast on-demand were made available for Xbox Live members. Basically, it didn’t work for everybody, like Time Warner Cable customers. Ed Bott of ZDNet chronicled his long day of trying to get online with the new system as things just kept not working out. Microsoft and Comcast are acknowledging that there are some problems.

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