In this morning’s Xbox press conference at E3, Microsoft announced a few new features. First, the console will be getting Live TV this fall, which could prove to be a major stumbling block for cable network providers, as Xbox will also be featuring YouTube, Bing and voice control. Time will tell, but I suspect those who already subscribe to Xbox Live will find that also paying for cable service is redundant. You can’t get that from DirecTV. (Sorry, Russian gangster. Your pygmy giraffe can’t compete.)
You’ll be able to use Bing to find more content to watch, by searching the Web, YouTube, Live TV, and all the services on Xbox Live, including existing ones like Netflix and Hulu Plus. And voice control will let you speak your search item, such as the name of a movie, TV show, or game.
That means less time fiddling around with a controller. “You no longer have to navigate through the menus to find content,” said Mark Whitten, head of Xbox Live.
No details were released in regard to price increase or the new features’ launch dates.