So, its been a couple of days since the new Xbox Live Dashboard went live. At first, I thought oh this is going to be so lame. Just the thought of having to create an avatar for your profile was something I wasn’t looking forward to doing.
First thing on Wed. morning before I got ready to go to work, I turned on my Xbox to download the new Xbox Experience and created my avatar. It was more fun than what I expected so I got that out of the way, what else did this new system have to offer? (Yes, that is my avatar on the right.) Being a movie fan, I wanted to check out the Netflix option. The press releases promised this;
“Microsoft and Netflix, the world’s largest online movie rental service, today unveiled an exclusive partnership to offer the ability to instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to your television via Xbox 360®.
Xbox 360 will be the only game system that lets you instantly watch movies and TV episodes streamed from Netflix. This movie-watching innovation will be available to Xbox LIVE® Gold members who are also Netflix subscribers, and will let those users enjoy streaming movies from Netflix on Xbox LIVE at no additional cost.”
Since I already have an extensive movie collection, I didn’t know how having Netflix on my Xbox would be beneficial to me. I already stream movies from my server to my projector through my Xbox. I didn’t have a Netflix account so I opted in to the trial issue and it hit me I could totally use this as a preview of movies before I buy them with little to no hassle at all. I think this is going to make my movie collection grow tenfold.
I am still testing everything else out on the new Xbox dashboard – I haven’t created a party or any of the other options yet, but if you want to test it out with me, my gamercard is below, so add me and lets game.