In an attempt to boost the entertainment side of its Xbox experience, Microsoft has announced 45 new TV, movie and social media apps for the Xbox One and 360 that will launch before the end of the year.
This will bring its total number to 225 Xbox apps available worldwide, the company said in a blog post.
Unfortunately, only 10 of these new apps will be available in Canada.
It’s understandable that many of the TV channel apps, such as Comedy Central, ShowTime Anytime and HBO GO would not be available here, as these channels either don’t exist in Canada, or have secured broadcast deals for their programming with Canadian networks.
But the crux of the announcement seemed to adding Twitter-TV integration to the Xbox One.
As Xbox Live’s director of programming Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) explains in the above video, Twitter will be built into the One’s TV guide apps so you can see what TV shows are trending and lets you favourite and retweet tweets about the show you are watching from your own Twitter account.
But for some reason, Twitter is also one the apps not available here.
Similarly the video app Vine, which is owned by Twitter, will also not be coming to Canada. At least, not anytime soon.
In fact, the only app featured in the blog post, that will be coming in this country is the Xbox One version of the Major League Gaming app, which had previously launched for the 360.
In addition to the MLG app, Canada will get apps for the Anime and Asian drama channel Crunchyroll, Filmbox Live, the Korean drama channel KDrama, a GoPro video channel, NBA, NHL, Sky News, TuneIn radio and the music video channel Vevo.
Most of these apps are not exclusive as they are already available for other platforms, such as the PlayStation, Android, many smart TVs or online.
So I’m not sure this will drive many Canadians to buy an Xbox One if they don’t already have one.