A couple minutes after Hulu’s announcement of its new pay-per-view service, which will support game consoles and mobile devices such as PS3, Xbox 360, and iPhone, Microsoft Corporation provided a bit of information regarding the Xbox version of Hulu Plus. Most importantly, Microsoft is continuing its quest to make Xbox Live Silver members feel sorry for themselves, because the Hulu Plus service on Xbox will be available only to those who have Xbox Live Gold account.
Just for extra penny, though, Microsoft Corporation promises that this won’t be a straight port. Instead, spokesman of Microsoft said, “Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 will take advantage of the social connectivity possible with our 25 million members Xbox Live community as well as the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360.” To sum things up: While PS3 owners can enjoy Hulu Plus as early as next month, Xbox owners will have to wait until “early 2011” to get “controller-free navigation” with Kinect and Xbox Live Party support, so your Xbox Live friends can refuse your invitations to watch Quantum Leap together.
Below is the full statement of Microsoft Corporation regarding their collaboration with Hulu:
The entertainment options on Xbox 360 continue to grow. Today, Hulu announced that its new subscription service, Hulu Plus, will be available on Xbox 360.
We’re incredibly excited to bring Hulu Plus and its amazing library of entertainment to Xbox LIVE. Hulu Plus joins our ever-expanding entertainment offerings on Xbox 360, which currently includes Netflix, Last.fm and Zune Video. Starting this November, Xbox 360 will also be the only console to deliver 3500 live sporting events from ESPN3.com.
Like ESPN, Hulu Plus on Xbox 360 will take advantage of the social connectivity possible with our 25 million member Xbox LIVE community as well as the magic of Kinect for Xbox 360. We are committed to delivering signature features to the Hulu Plus experience on Xbox 360, like controller-free navigation with Kinect and Xbox LIVE Parties so you can watch with friends no matter where they are. These are custom entertainment experiences for Xbox 360 that you can’t find anywhere else. More details will be announced at a later time.