Wondered what that little update was that you received right before the weekend? It was Microsoft's little way of saying, "We still have the Kinect and it still does awesome things!" The update was released on the 14th which gave our beloved Netflix Kinect compatibility. Now with just the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice, you can make Netflix do jumps and flips and stuff, or, at least play your favorite movie or TV show.
From Major Nelson,
You'll be able to select movies and TV shows recommended for you by Netflix, as well as play, pause, fast forward and rewind using gesture or voice. Kinect support for Netflix on Xbox LIVE will also feature an exclusive new recommendation channel that is controller-free and uses a smart engine to suggest movies or TV shows based on your viewing habits and instant queue.
Very cool stuff and I can already say I've tried it out and it works like a champ! The ability to eliminate my remote and my controller (which turns off after 15 minutes of inactivity) was great as I was able to play and pause a movie with just my voice.
More proof that not only Netflix, but Xbox as well, are both seeing success. So much, in fact, that Microsoft is bragging big about how well they're doing. We have the NPD numbers after the break.
As it would turn out, not to our surprise, the Xbox is still kicking everyone else away from their top spot. Again, for March, Xbox 360 is the number 1 console sold with 433,000 units. Sales were up year over year by 28% and four of the top ten console titles were for the Xbox 360.
The Kinect, as we know, is the 60 day fastest selling consumer electronic product and is definitely why Xbox's success keeps on growing. Now that we have Kinect support for almost every add-on feature, it's only a matter of time before we see a couple of quality in-depth games with Kinect compatibility.