Xbox and PlayStation Aim for One-Stop Connected Entertainment

In the modern era, gaming consoles aren’t just about video games anymore. Today’s gamers have come to expect their systems to have a wider array of entertainment capabilities. As Sony,, prepares to release the PlayStation 4, and Microsoft,, is ready with the Xbox One, both companies have begun their attempts at enticing customers to their side of the proverbial fence by unveiling a host of entertainment apps available on their respective consoles.

Both Xbox and PlayStation have announced the integration of a variety of on-demand movie and television apps with their gaming systems, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Instant Video. Sports apps from companies like ESPN, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League, among many others, have also been announced.

In integrating entertainment features that extend beyond video games, Sony and Microsoft seem to be aiming to make their consoles a connected entertainment hub.

“We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home,” says Marc Whitten, chief product officer for Xbox, “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.”

Microsoft has announced multiple app roll outs not only in the United States, but also in the U.K., Germany, Ireland, Italy, among numerous other markets. For the moment, Sony has only announced apps that will be made available to U.S.-based console owners.

“PlayStation is deeply committed to providing the most immersive gaming and entertainment experience to gamers,” says Phil Rosenberg, senior vice president of business development and publisher relations at Sony Computer Entertainment America, “The PS4 is the most powerful gaming system ever created, which enables us, along with our partners to add amazing entertainment options to the platform that we know PlayStation fans are going to love.”

With the PlayStation 4 coming out today, and the Xbox One hitting shelves on November 22, the latest “console war” only seems to be heating up. But in the end, the real winners will likely be consumers.

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