SkyDrive is coming to Xbox today

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s integrated cloud storage solution that works across Windows, Windows Phone 8, iOS, Android and any browser. It lets you upload and share music, videos and photos as well as keep your files in sync across different PCs. It’s a pretty great product and Microsoft is working constantly to improve it.

Such is the case today when SkyDrive will launch on a brand new platform: the Xbox 360. So now the world’s most popular console will also be able to stream your photos and videos from the cloud so you can enjoy them on your TV.

The main features right now are the ability to stream photos and videos that you have in your SkyDrive or that others have shared with you. A second feature which Microsoft calls Snap and see relates to your Windows Phone. If you have the auto-upload to SkyDrive feature enabled when you take a picture it will show up on your SkyDrive, and now your TV, almost instantly. And last but not least you can play slideshows of your photos on the TV. The app also has Kinect voice support so if you’re not in the mood to use a controller you can just tell the Xbox what to show.

Depending on your physical location you might be able to get the app right now. All you have to do is turn on your Xbox, go to Apps and browse them. You will find SkyDrive under the Social category.

We think this is a great addition and we hope Microsoft continues to improve SkyDrive as it is a really great product. It’s addition to Xbox will only help drive adoption as well as improve functionality and features for the console itself.

Source: Windows BlogImage via Windows Blog

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Why are people complaining about a measly $40 a year for "Gold" subscription? You can catch it on sale during the year and what I normally do is buy two. I have a 2 year subscription that cost me $70. I spend more than that when I take the family out for dinner and a movie.

TurboShrimp said,
Why would you need a file storage app on a game console ?

It already had a Cloud storage built in, I'd imagine adding Skydrive is so you can view your content on your xbox. Makes total sence to me.

As LUTZIFER said, quick access to all your cloud content. What's not to like?
Also means i can bore everyone silly when i come back from trips and can instantly stream my photos and videos to the telly without having to prep anything or do any apart from turn my XBOX on. Awesome

Everyone complains about Gold costing a whole $35/year (if you get a deal) for the best gaming service available. If you want free go to the hack job that is PSN. You get what you pay for. PSN is slow, games always lag, hardly any decent apps with the exception of NFL Sunday Ticket. With Gold you get a fast network, stable connection, great apps, and the occasional sales and gold exclusives. Stop whining and pay it or go somewhere else...

Xbox LIVE Gold is so cheap, £35 a year and look and what you get, a solid online experience! I am well happy paying that per year.

I like that Xbox Live Gold costs money. It keeps a lot (but not all) of the little complaining kids off the service and multiplayer is a better experience because of it.

A quick comparison . . .

Multiplayer on PSN = Free, but can be overcrowded or too busy, leading to low QoS.
Multiplayer on XBL = Not free, far less likely to be overcrowded, thus better QoS.

It's definitely a case of "You get what you pay for" . . .

Enron said,
I like that Xbox Live Gold costs money. It keeps a lot (but not all) of the little complaining kids off the service and multiplayer is a better experience because of it.

it also stops the issue of people having multiple accounts, dummy accounts, getting back on a game after being banned. She. You pay for something you value it more and that helps push a more responsible attitude. Now I'm not naieve and know you get idiots on live, but it is better and when someone does get a ban it hurts them rather than simply "oh ill just make a new account"

Basically like Apple iCloud with ATV then.. but needs stupid Gold sub, unlike Apple. How long until MS drop this ridiculous sub. Charge more for devices if needed

How about no?
I'd rather pay a few quid a month FOR A SERVICE at my choice as and when i want to than pay a few hundred extra for a console.

Your thinking is so flawed it is unbelievable.

Mikeffer is right why make everyone pay? By paying for service you are pretty much garunteed something of high quality unlike other online gamer services namely PSN which is free and delivers a crap service.

Glad someone gets it.
It's a quality service I'm happy to pay for. The day it went free and failed as a gold standard service is the day i wouldn't want to pay for it any way.

neonspark said,
I see no point in this. So many more things are needed on the xbox, skydrive wasn't one.

I disagree. I have been waiting on this for months. I don't always want to have to rely solely on PlayTo for seeing my photos/video.

brent3000 said,
Funny how they are using a WP7 to take the photo not a WP8 unit

I would imagine its to show that WP7 isn't the dead platform people make out, now that 8 is out. My lumia 800 works perfectly well. On the other hand it may have not even have been considered, as its irrelevant

TheCyberKnight said,
I find it more troubling that they use an Android phone at the 25 sec mark.
Why in the world aren't pushing Windows Phone?

They are pushing SKydrive and its Multiplatform ability...

Vlad Dudau said,
Well yes Gold is required to download apps isn't it? So yeah you'd need it for Skydrive too

No, you can still download the apps, just cant use them.
They will launch but then when you go to do something in them, they tell you that you need Gold Account.

Oh god, get over it!
It's a service. Look at what you get now for pittance a month. But no i guess you want everything free. It's the me me me culture.

Microsoft has a good service and the ever growing collection of apps is putting it above the rest, preference aside but Gold subscription drags Xbox all the way down to the bottom. You are deluded if you think otherwise. Yes, we can all afford it, cost little a month, blah blah. Not the point, they shouldn't be charging to use this stuff.

Microsoft could easily dominate this sector if they dropped Gold. Someone will come along and do what Microsoft has done and then some. Before they know it, they are no longer the leader when they so easily could have been.

It's you who is deluded. Why should they not charge?
Do you pay for your electricity bill and expect cable free? Nope. It makes me laugh that people pay out huge sums a month for Sky TV and then spend more on different packages and sit through a ton of adverts then cry when they've got to pay a few quid a month for XBL.

joep1984 said,
Something not mentioned on the pages: Gold required?

All my instincts point to "Of course, it's Microsoft."

What are the odds you own an expensive smartphone and pay monthly for a data plan, yet a few dollars every month for gold is a problem?

efjay said,

What are the odds you own an expensive smartphone and pay monthly for a data plan, yet a few dollars every month for gold is a problem?

Pretty poor odds, I'd say. I have a Samsung Gravity that's probably 6 years old, no dataz.

Mikeffer said,
It's you who is deluded. Why should they not charge?
Do you pay for your electricity bill and expect cable free? Nope. It makes me laugh that people pay out huge sums a month for Sky TV and then spend more on different packages and sit through a ton of adverts then cry when they've got to pay a few quid a month for XBL.

It's not about wanting something for free. All these services are free or already paid for through a subscription to the services themselves. There you go with same excuse, it's only a few quid a month. Amount a month is not the problem. Charging anything for access to these is the problem.

You pay for internet, you pay subscriptions to Netflix for example. You have access to internet inherently means you have access to Youtube and many other services which are free to use as long as you have internet access.

Now, why should Microsoft be allowed to charge for access to those when, first of all, they aren't the provider of these services, second, these are free services, third, they are free on every other capable device except Xbox.

That sounds good to you ?

Would you like it if they applied this to Windows PCs, why should they not charge as you say, only a couple of quid a month ?

Imagine Apple having a Gold subscription to access online Apps in iOS. Only a couple of quid a month, why not!

That is why you sound a bit silly and why we call out Microsoft in these articles. It is wrong 100%.


I dont mind a upper-tier or Gold membership for access to hosted online multiplayer game access, video chat and things that obviously consume a lot of back-end resources on their end. I also like the idea of Gold being a special "club" that gets first dibs at demos and other content a week or so anyone else. Beyond that I dont see the usefulness of the tiered system anymore.

Mikeffer said,
It's you who is deluded. Why should they not charge?
Do you pay for your electricity bill and expect cable free? Nope. It makes me laugh that people pay out huge sums a month for Sky TV and then spend more on different packages and sit through a ton of adverts then cry when they've got to pay a few quid a month for XBL.

So you wouldn't mind double-paying for things then? My fiance's parents have a Netflix account, but should they double-pay to access it from their computer (which, btw, is ALSO a Microsoft OS)? They already pay for internet, should they have to pay for YouTube access on their Windows machine?

Microsoft forces people to double-pay for things that no other gaming company does. I can watch Netflix on my 3DS without having to pay fr a "Nintendo Gold" package.

And for those people saying that Microsoft charging for Gold keeps the kiddies out...have you ever used the multiplayer service?

Mikeffer said,
Oh god, get over it!
It's a service. Look at what you get now for pittance a month. But no i guess you want everything free. It's the me me me culture.

I get Youtube access (every other console has free Youtube access). I get Netflix access (also free on other consoles). I get to stream movies from Amazon (free on other consoles).

Are you saying I should feel somehow privileged that Microsoft ALLOWS me to pay them extra to do things I can do for free on other services?

The matchmaking, multiplayer, yadda yadda. That's worth it. Watching videos when I can do it on any other console in the world? Not worth it. It's not about the few dollars a month, as WooHoo said. It's about being double-charged simply out of greed.

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So you wouldn't mind double-paying for things then?
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...and these goes for all the other comments above...

I'm pretty sure you all pay fr your internet connections and those of you then pay for Netflix subscriptions etc. So how comes this is OK then? You people are not living in the real world. It costs MS to run a service such as XBL so therefore it's a service they provide and it's a service you should pay for stop moaning like spoilt brats and face up to the fact that life isn't free. Just be grateful that its the small fee it is.

Mikeffer said,

...and these goes for all the other comments above...

I'm pretty sure you all pay fr your internet connections and those of you then pay for Netflix subscriptions etc. So how comes this is OK then? You people are not living in the real world. It costs MS to run a service such as XBL so therefore it's a service they provide and it's a service you should pay for stop moaning like spoilt brats and face up to the fact that life isn't free. Just be grateful that its the small fee it is.


Well that'd be like saying that when you buy a computer with Windows on it, since it cost MS to make it, that they should charge you a fee so that you can go online with your computer.