High definition movie downloads within minutes
The Xbox 360 is the first gaming console to feature high definition content, only to be usurped by the PS3 when the latter was released a year later (in terms of technology, not available library and titles). The demise of Toshiba’s HD DVD format also made the Xbox 360 lose out in terms of high definition content, but thankfully that drought is pretty short lived considering Virgin Media and Microsoft have just announced that by the time the year is about to turn over to 2009, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download high definition movies from the Xbox Live marketplace using a supported broadband service, taking anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour. Now that’s extremely fast by any standards, and you will be able to enjoy a fair number of movies the next day simply by leaving your Xbox 360 turned on overnight.
To date, a Virgin Media spokesperson has shed light that Virgin Media’s 50MB broadband service will be made available to over nine millions homes by the end of 2008 – that number makes up more than 70% of Virgin Media’s entire network if you’re a stickler for statistics. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing and availability for the services, but we do know that full high definition movie downloads through Xbox Live takes a quarter of an hour at best, which is actually less time than driving out to a nearby store, looking for the movie of your choice among numerous aisles, waiting for your turn at the checkout counter, and ultimately driving back to your home (don’t forget to add to the cost of gas!).
This Easter will see Xbox Live subscribers getting a treat of 5 blockbuster movies for 100 MS points a pop – that’s roughly 85p when converted to Great Britain Pounds. These movies can be rented in both HD and SD formats, but chances are people will opt for the latter if they’re already rockin’ to great high definition games on their Xbox 360.