Households now spend an average of 84 hours a month on the Xbox Live, that’s more than the time spent playing games.
“What we’re seeing is that people are turning on the Xbox to play games and then keeping it on afterwards to get other types of entertainment,” Yusuf Mehdi, Head of Marketing and Strategy for Microsoft’s Xbox said in a recent interview with LA Times.
We already know that the Xbox 360 has Netflix, ESPN, Hulu, Vudu, and YouTube, as well as the recently added and no doubt already popular BBC iPlayer.
According to LA Times, in the U.S the number of Apps currently stands at 36 and while you need to be an Xbox LIVE Gold member to access most of these, it still shows the level of diversity the Xbox 360 brings to people’s home.
With a total of 66 million Xbox 360s have sold worldwide, you can see why it is slowly taking over the living room and it make you wonder what Microsoft would stand to benefit from releasing a new console now.
A new slimmer, Xbox 360 console however would make sense. After all, if people are using the Xbox 360 as a media device already, something that little bit smaller may well appeal.