As we watched the Xbox One reveal, as Microsoft focused a massive majority of its time on TV, most Australians started to glaze over. NFL on Xbox One, snapping from TV to video games? Most of us wondered if this type of functionality would ever make it to Australian shores, let alone at launch. Today Microsoft announced specifically what will be available in our region, and it's a relatively sparse offering, but probably still more than you might have expected.
First off, here's what's available in the US...
- Amazon Instant Video - Crackle - The CW - ESPN - FOX NOW - FXNOW - HBO GO (coming soon) - Hulu Plus - Machinima - MUZU TV - Netflix - Redbox Instant by Verizon - Target Ticket - TED - The NFL on Xbox One - Twitch - Univision Deportes - Verizon FiOS TV - VUDU
And here's what's available in Australia...
- Crackle - Machinima - MUZU TV - Network Ten’s tenplay - Quickflix - SBS On Demand - TED - Twitch
Just for reference here's what's available in the UK:
- 4oD - Amazon\LOVEFiLM - blinkbox - Crackle - Demand 5 - Eurosport - Machinima - MUZU TV - Netflix - NOW TV - TED - Twitch - Wuaki.tv
Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer, claimed it was a "stellar app portfolio" from a global perspective and you know what? It's not terrible. We've come to expect a more limited array of digital options here in Australia and, despite the small number, I'm actually surprised we're getting anything at launch.
In addition to the above list, Australian users will also have day one access to...
- Xbox Fitness - Xbox Video - Xbox Music - Internet Explorer - Skype - SkyDrive - Upload
Thoughts? More that you expected? Less? Do you even foresee yourself using your Xbox One is this way? Let us know in the comments below.