Rapidly changing console world

Microsoft has announced that Xbox Live Gold members are now spending more time on entertainment apps than on multiplayer gaming on the Xbox 360. In fact, entertainment app usage has doubled over last year.

This is an amazing story, since Xbox Live was started to facilitate multiplayer gaming, but is now growing rapidly with the addition of services like Netflix. With video game sale in decline, most likely due to the proliferation of lower priced gaming on iOS and mobile platforms, entertainment applications for video game consoles could prove to be an industry savior. As with the Apple TV, consumers like to purchase digital media, but need an easy way to get the media onto the television.

And who needs cable to watch ESPN,when you can watch in on the ESPN app on the Xbox 360.

- Get an Xbox 360 at Amazon here or here.
- And renew your Xbox Live Gold membership on Amazon here.

Via The Verge

Angsty birds
All those mobile game sales are bringing angst to the console makers.
Thank goodness for entertainment apps. (2012)