40% Of Xbox Activity Now Non-Game Related

This stat got a passing mention in a recent pre-E3 story on Microsoft's Xbox strategy, but it's such a juicy stat it deserves a headline. Are you using Xbox (or even Playstation) for much more than games?

The original blog post from Microsoft points to 30 hours per month of video consumption per month per Xbox, and growing fast. There's surely going to be some territorial differences, with the US having services like Netflix to make added video close to a no-brainer. But even here we've now got movie rentals and also Foxtel, so we're not totally left out in the cold here.

We're wondering if non-gaming content is something core gamers are getting into. Or is it the kind of thing that fits into those nights where there's not enough time for a good game session so a TV show or movie is a good fit? And why not do it all on the one piece of hardware? Or do you prefer to keep things separate?

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    My Xbox and PS3 are mainly used for gaming, but I do use them to watch movies from time to time (Xbox for DVDs as I don't have a DVD player, and PS3 for BluRay of course).

    We have Foxtel in our house already, so it'd be pointless to get it on the 360. The Xbox Foxtel has a limited range of channels, whereas we subscribe to the full package through Foxtel, so we'd be missing out on some of the stuff we already have. Plus it uses up your data allowance unless you are on Bigpond, so if you were watching a lot of TV, I'd imagine it might eat through the data.

    Never really got into the streaming side of things though, some thing I might have to look into one day. I do have a HD set-top box and PVR which comes with YouTube. So if I want to watch YouTube I just do it through there. And use the PVR for recording shows (along with Foxtel IQ).

    For computer stuff, like Facebook and internet, prefer to use my laptop. :) Or iPhone if I can't be assed turning it on.

    40% Of Kotaku Stories Now Non-Game Related


      You sure you're reading 'Kotaku'? Two Ks. One T. Three vowels.

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          'ko' as in 'co-operate'
          'ta' as in the Aussie shortened thank you ('tah')
          'ku' as in 'coo'

    There's a lot of time where it sits on the dashboard, downloading games or videos... or playing game vidoes... also, messing with Avatars.

    Primarily though... it's for games.
    The DVD player is for movies and the tv is for tv.

    Its gotta be counting idle time surely. I use it sometimes to stream videos from my PC, and now that they'll be integrating YouTube I will definitely use that. Facebook and Twitter - I checked them out at first but they're a really watered down version of the service.

    What would be good is if you could set 'tweets' to pop up over your game in real time (like the notifications currently do) that would be awesome I think.

    Also I have used Kinect Video Chat - so there's a few non-game things - but its closer to 10%

    I use my 360 for 100% gaming.

    But that said, it only gets used for maybe 10% of my gaming. The rest is Wii/DS/3DS.

    NO WAY MAN! I want let the media use there mind control tricks to take over my mind... and gaming device!

    I had Austar in my old house from 2001 right up until I moved into this new house that cant get it in early 2009.

    I was on the Gold Coast back in February and I gotta say, I'm not impressed with Foxtel in the slightest anymore. Most of the time, there wasn't anything that was genuinely interesting on Foxtel when I was watching it.

    I can't get Austar where I am because there are too many trees surrounding my house, and I'm right next to a mountain, which would have some impact. If those Freeview channels freeze alot on some days, surely Austar would lose the signal too.

    As for Foxtel on the Xbox 360, I was actually mildly interested in it...Uuuuuuuntil I found out its only for the capital cities, and Austar accounts for pretty much every other city in Australia. I thought Foxtel and Austar were the same company?

    I already have my favourite shows on my computer. If I wanted to watch Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Office, I can just put it on a USB and watch it on my PS3. Easy.

    Also, I play consoles to play games. Not to watch TV and have ads shoved in my face. I have my TV and computer to watch and download TV shows.

    For the record, I used to use my Xbox 360 purely for gaming and my PS3 for hardly anything. Since I got rid of my 360, its been the complete opposite.

      Foxtel is trying to finalise a buyout of Austar, so hopefully if/when that goes through the zoning issues around Foxtel on 360 will go away.

      Sam, I'm on the Gold Coast and can get Foxtel via the 360

    My Xbox spends the majority of its waking hours as a streaming media client, although it's unfortunately hobbled in this regard. Smooth-scrolling menus like the PS3 and some .MKV support would go a long, long way toward making it more enjoyable to use.

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