Monday, October 19, 2009

HD movies right there on my Xbox.

For years since the launch of the Xbox 360, Australians have pretty much gotten the shaft when it comes to all of the online features that the console has to offer. Well, some of that is about to change it seems. This November, they'll be rolling out the new Xbox 360 update. Amongst other things, it will add Facebook and Twitter to the main dashboard.

So this is what the damn kids are into now?

But that is not nearly the most exciting part. Australia will now, finally, receive movies on the dashboard. Full-blown high-definition 1080p resolution blockbusters streaming down your internet tube for the whole family to enjoy.

Hopefully, this family favourite will be available for repeated viewing.

The Xbox 360 Video Marketplace will be phased out and replaced with the Zune Marketplace. The Zune being Microsoft's version of the iPod, it looks like they are trying to get that brand name out in front of people worldwide. I don't care what they are shoving in front of me, as long as HD movies come with it. Naturally, with Microsoft being the money-hungry bastards they usually are, this is apparently only for Gold subscribers, so you better pony up some cash if you want to be part of this business. And if it all works right, why wouldn't you?

Say hi to VHS for me, dude.


  1. Awwww yeah, some Harvey Keitel stumbling around like he's drunk Bad Lieutenant action. That is one fucked up movie - but in a fun way - if you yourself are shitfaced while watching it.

    As to HD movies coming down your internet connection, you have forgotten the one thing that will kill that stone dead - Australian ISPs and their usage caps. One HD movie and boom, their goes your usage for the month.

  2. Westnet seem to have my back. Nothing you download from Xbox Live goes against your download quota. We'll have to see how these HD movies pan out.

    Bad Lieutenant is a laugh riot.