What would Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) do without you Xbox fans? This holiday season’s console battle has been in every headline since the Xbox One launch date of Nov. 22 was first announced. The pros, the cons, who will recruit the highest sales number, and so on, have been swamping online news sites. However, we don’t doubt that it is Microsoft’s intention to stay on our minds, since the tech giant launched the live video website for Xbox today. And another news bit that will get fans excited is the announcement of two free Xbox 360 games for select customers.
What’s all this about and which games are we talking about? Take a look.
TV with no HD
Picture tuning in to your Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Xbox One video option and enjoying your favorite movie in HD. And then expecting the same to happen on the Xbox video online portal, only to find there is no HD option. A sad scenario, right? Unfortunately, this is exactly the case with the new web portal that launched today. Although the Xbox video website, found under video.xbox.com allows you to watch all your TV shows and movies, including those purchased from any other Windows device, the website doesn’t support HD playback. Instead, users looking for high-definition quality will have to turn to their Xbox One or Windows 8.1 in order to get their fix.
A pricey matter
Although Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is going the extra mile to reach more users, we’re not entirely convinced by the new Xbox online video portal. Despite having an easy-to-use design, like the layout for Xbox Music, with a media playback column on the right and library/search options on the left, the pricing is what concerns us. With video content providers like Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) charging a fixed, low monthly rate, Microsoft might be stepping out of bounds this time. Why? Well, for every individual episode of a TV show like Grey’s Anatomy or The Walking Dead, you’ll be paying $2 and movies must be purchased for $4-$5.
A free game or two
Not all is dark in Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s console world. As announced today, Xbox Live Gold members will be jumping in joy between December 1 and 15 because the third-person shooter classic “Gears of War” for the Xbox 360 will be a free gift. And to make the new year sweeter, the second half of December gamers will have the option of downloading “Shoot Many Robots” for free. It must be Microsoft’s way of saying Merry Christmas!