The new service is designed to complement the existing Xbox Live Video
Marketplace says Kotaku, not replace it. One of the best features of the Netflix
streaming service is that Xbox 360 owners who already subscribe to Netflix
and have an Xbox LIVE Gold account will pay nothing more for the service.
Currently, the library of movies and TV shows that can be streamed numbers
over 10,000. The streaming service is set to launch later this fall. To use the
service, Microsoft say Netflix users will simply add TV shows or movies to
their instant queues and the media will automatically show up on the Xbox 360.
The media can be controlled via the Xbox 360 controller or Media Remote.
The Netflix service is a big component of what Microsoft calls the New
Xbox Experience. However, there is more to the New Xbox Experience than the
Netflix service. The Xbox 360 dashboard was redesigned to be navigable by those
unfamiliar with the current blades interface the Xbox uses.
Kotaku says that the interface has reflections like those found in
the iTunes Cover Flow album art. The navigation promises to give gamers a quick
look at their games and content. The Guide will still be accessible in the same
way from the Xbox 360 controller and promises to load faster even when there
are lots of games in the library.
The Xbox 360 will get the ability to play games from the hard drive. That
means players can rip disc-based games to the hard drive, the catch is that the
original game disc has to be in the drive to play them. That means the only
benefit is that the games are said to load faster.
Netflix subscribers considering buying the Netflix streaming box will want to
give the Xbox 360 with its recently
reduced price a serious look.
quote: So in essence, xbox people that dont pay for xbox live are getting screwed.
quote: I do think its a bit lame that MS charges $50 to use the their internet feature only because I'm a PC gamer at heart -- and the PC gaming model has largely been "buy a game with multiplayer and as long as you have Internet there is no charge to play".
quote: I'll never understand people who pay hundreds of dollars for entertainment... and balk at $50/year or < $5/month.
quote: The only sucker here is you, who can't play a FPS with a controller. No one is a sucker for paying 4 bucks a month to get a standardized online gaming experience and help fund all the great content coming over the Video marketplace and elsewhere.
quote: Also, they way that the bitrate selector works, is that we will determine your video quality, and then stream at the maximum download speed we can (up to 2.2MB/s) to get you true 480p content. We are currently doing tests of 3600 MB/s in preparation for our HD content. So if your ISP gets you in excess of 6 MB/s down, you shouldn't notice too much.
quote: Our internet infrastructure is not capable of streaming HD content, well not at an affordable price at least. So not the movies are not streamed in HD or 5.1.
quote: It became childlike and casual when MS realized that the hardcore don't really care about the dashboard (they care about the games), but the casual do. The same functionality is still there, just in a 'friendlier' format.