Microsoft’s gaming console has come a long way in its storied (and sometimes rocky) lifetime. What began as a pure gaming successor to the original Xbox console has blossomed into one of the hottest gaming/entertainment devices in the category.
The Xbox grows even stronger as a living room entertainment device with the addition of Amazon’s Instant Video service app for the console. Here are the details from Amazon’s website:
Amazon Instant Video is now playing on your Xbox 360. All videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on your Xbox 360. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll also find the entire Prime Instant Video library waiting for you. You can start watching thousands movies and TV episodes today at no additional cost with your Amazon Prime Membership.
- Amazon Prime: Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership
- Your Video Library: Anything you buy from Amazon Instant Video will be available in Your Video Library on your Xbox 360. Just visit the Amazon Instant Video store online, and shop from a library of over 120,000 movies and TV episodes.
- Your Watchlist: From your Xbox or from the web, you can organize your viewing with Your Watchlist. Add any title to Your Watchlist, and enjoy when you’re ready.
- Xbox Kinect: With Kinect, you can also find and play your videos with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.
In addition to the news about Amazon’s service, Microsoft has also teased users about the future of the Xbox (and demise of the Zune brand) in a post on their blog.