If you’ve got an Xbox, or are thinking about an Xbox, you can use it to do a lot more than steal cars, wage war and slaughter zombies. It’s actually a pretty versatile piece of equipment, and gaming is only one of the options. Here are four other things you can do with an Xbox.
I’ll be honest. This is the reason I bought my Xbox in the first place, because killing stuff in explosions of blood isn’t really my thing. A DVD-exerciser from way back, I loved the idea of workouts that vary every time you do them with a virtual trainer that can gauge your form or see if you’re slacking off. It offers endless ways to get your sweat on, from traditional workouts like Nike’s Kinect Training to Zumba to virtual sports, and you get achievements for the games as well.
This one might be a no-brainer to most of you, but the fact that the Xbox works as a DVD player came as a delightful bonus to me. My DVD player broke a long time ago, and I couldn’t get myself to buy a new one. And then I realized I didn’t need it, the Xbox works perfectly. I was confused by using the controller at first, but once you try it, it’s pretty intuitive. If you’re into high definition, you can even watch Blu-Ray.
Streaming Netflix and Hulu
Microsoft used to require an Xbox Gold membership to use the Hulu and Netflix apps. That meant you were basically paying twice to use the same service, since both require a fee. Well, no more. You can now stream all of your favorites from Netflix and Hulu straight to your Xbox to watch on your TV. I have a TiVo that will do the same, but if you don’t yet have a device that will do that, here you go. Let’s see Roku let you play Assasin’s Creed.
Streaming Amazon Prime
Unlike Netflix and Hulu, I cannot watch Amazon Prime videos on my TiVo. It left me with the option of streaming the videos to my computer, like a caveperson, or missing out on one of the bigger benefits of Prime membership. Well, thanks to an e-mail from Amazon, I learned that you can get Prime videos now without a Gold membership, through the app on your console. “Veronica Mars,” rewatch, here I come.