Perhaps in response to Sony's update earlier this week, Microsoft has put out a list of Xbox One applications that will be available day one. Not surprisingly many of the applications are shared between the two. That is, the big movie and television show streaming apps are shared. What's different are a number of sports and news apps, as well as one big Microsoft get: Twitch.
Yes, Microsoft's partnership with Twitch continues. Considering Twitch is currently only available on Xbox 360, it makes sense that the jump to the Xbox One would come quickly. However, considering the similarity in hardware architecture, it's curious the Twitch app isn't also ready for the PlayStation 4. Is this Microsoft throwing some weight around? I mean, good for them. The Twitch app is a big deal.
As for everything else, well, Microsoft has ESPN, NFL, and Univision Deportes, all sports apps that the PlayStation 4 won't have on launch. Though the PS4 does have NHL and NBA apps. Even in apps, the console war thrives. Here's the full list:
- Amazon Instant Video
- FOX NOW
- HBO GO (coming soon)
- Hulu Plus
- MUZU TV
- Redbox Instant by Verizon
- Target Ticket
- The NFL on Xbox One
- Univision Deportes
- Verizon FiOS TV
Take note that app availability is region-specific, despite the console being region-free. Hmm. That means the UK will be getting Eurosport instead of ESPN and Demand 5 instead Redbox, etc. Check out Microsoft's app announcement page to see which apps are specific to which regions.
Overall a healthy selection of apps available for the Xbox One's launch. As long as Netflix, Amazon Instant video, etc. are available there' not much for most users to complain about. I still can't get over the fact that Microsoft made sure the Twitch app was available while Sony didn't, but oh well.
One last note, remember that Microsoft requires users have an Xbox Live Gold subscription for all of their applications on Xbox One, same as Xbox 360. That's something Sony's PlayStation 4 has an advantage on, as PlayStation Plus is not required for apps on their console.