Microsoft releases SkyDrive app for Xbox 360

By LiveSide | In Featured, News | Posted December 11, 2012 10 comments

SkyDrive logoAs Microsoft pushes SkyDrive to become a cross-platform, anywhere access cloud storage solution, the company had released apps for various platforms for users to access their files stored on SkyDrive – including apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Mac, and most recently Android. Today Microsoft is bringing SkyDrive to your living room by releasing the SkyDrive app for Xbox 360. Check out a video of it in action:

According to the official Inside SkyDrive team blog, below are some of the features specifically tailored to the Xbox 360 app to make the user’s photo and video viewing experience on their TV better:

  1. Shared photos & videos. Share a meaningful event with your friends or family by viewing photos & videos on your TV, or view photos & videos others have shared with you through SkyDrive. Imagine being able to view cherished photos and videos shared by friends and family —like a musical performance, a kid’s birthday, or baby’s first steps—on your TV.
  2. Snap and see. For Windows Phone users, snap a picture and see it appear almost immediately in your camera roll on the big screen. This feels like magic! For example, you could take a quick snapshot of your child making a funny face, fire up the SkyDrive app on your Xbox, and view it right away on your 50” screen. Just make sure you’re using the same Microsoft account sign-in for both Xbox LIVE and your Windows Phone.
  3. Party slide show. Plan a great slide show to play in the background of a dinner party. For example, you could start a slide show of a recent trip for friends, or have holiday-themed photos and videos playing during a holiday party.

The SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 supports Kinect voice control, in addition to the Xbox 360 controller as well as gestures. The app does require a Xbox LIVE Gold membership however, which seems to be the standard for any apps on the Xbox 360 these days.

In addition to the SkyDrive app, Major Nelson also announced that over 40 new apps are also coming to Xbox 360 between now and Spring 2013. To view the full list, head on over to Major Nelson’s blog.

The SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 will go live in about 4 hours today at 10AM Pacific Standard Time. You can download it by going to Apps, Browse Apps, and see the app under the Social category.

Posted December 11th, 2012 at 3:42 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: SkyDrive, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE
  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    Awesome! Now I can show ALL of my videos and photos in full HD on my big TV screen at home. I have a LIFETIME of photos and videos already backed-up and archived safely on SkyDrive.

    Of course, we already had SkyDrive on Xbox via Internet Explorer, but the native SkyDrive App is now the most convenient way. :)

  • http://www.timacheson.com/ Tim Acheson

    Awesome! Now I can show ALL of my videos and photos in full HD on my big TV screen at home. I have a LIFETIME of photos and videos already backed-up and archived safely on SkyDrive.

    Of course, we already had SkyDrive on Xbox via Internet Explorer, but the native SkyDrive App is now the most convenient way. :)

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com/ Greg Edwards

    I’ve been doing this for years with an HTPC and my Windows Home Server. And now that I’m using Windows 8 to power my HTPC, I can easily tap into SkyDrive whenever I want.
    The SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 looks nice and Kinect support is slick, but why does Microsoft insist on charging a premium (via the Xbox Live Gold subscription) just to access my tools and services? I already pay for subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and SkyDrive, and now I’m supposed to pay Microsoft another $5-10 a month on top of that, just for the privilege of accessing them via my Xbox? C’mon.
    I would love to transition to Xbox as my primary media center solution, but it’s hard to justify the ongoing cost of an Xbox Live Gold subscription to drive it, especially when I have an actual Windows PC attached to the same display that can do all the same stuff (and then some) for free.
    And on a related note, whatever happened to Kinect for Windows?

  • http://gregsedwards.wordpress.com Greg Edwards

    I’ve been doing this for years with an HTPC and my Windows Home Server. And now that I’m using Windows 8 to power my HTPC, I can easily tap into SkyDrive whenever I want.
    The SkyDrive app for Xbox 360 looks nice and Kinect support is slick, but why does Microsoft insist on charging a premium (via the Xbox Live Gold subscription) just to access my tools and services? I already pay for subscription services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, and SkyDrive, and now I’m supposed to pay Microsoft another $5-10 a month on top of that, just for the privilege of accessing them via my Xbox? C’mon.
    I would love to transition to Xbox as my primary media center solution, but it’s hard to justify the ongoing cost of an Xbox Live Gold subscription to drive it, especially when I have an actual Windows PC attached to the same display that can do all the same stuff (and then some) for free.
    And on a related note, whatever happened to Kinect for Windows?

  • http://twitter.com/marknoble Mark Noble ⚡

    This is going to be great for people who do a lot of sexting. :D I can see it now, watching a slide show of your friends photos – then seeing a 50″ picture of their junk that they sent to their significant other. Now that’s sharing with friends! :o

  • http://twitter.com/marknoble Mark Noble

    This is going to be great for people who do a lot of sexting. :D I can see it now, watching a slide show of your friends photos – then seeing a 50″ picture of their junk that they sent to their significant other. Now that’s sharing with friends! :o

  • http://twitter.com/scottisafool Scott Lovegrove

    No-one else notice Harrison in the video then? :)

    • http://twitter.com/harrisonhoffman Harrison Hoffman

      Thanks Scott. Maybe I need to get an agent soon. :)

  • http://twitter.com/scottisafool Scott Lovegrove

    No-one else notice Harrison in the video then? :)

    • http://twitter.com/harrisonhoffman Harrison Hoffman

      Thanks Scott. Maybe I need to get an agent soon. :)