When Kinect launched last year, we saw pretty early that navigation on the Zune Marketplace with no controller required would be pretty nifty on other apps. Microsoft promised the day would come when Netflix would be updated to complement their new peripheral’s motion-based movements. Well, today is that day. Log into the Netflix app on your Xbox to update it (also, have your Kinect plugged in), and you’ll be ordering the Xbox to pause movies and swiping to fast forward and re-wind video like a pro.
The menu features for hand-based gestures feels a bit underwhelming; it’s just your recommendations and there is no instant queue or even recently watched. But every streaming show can be controlled using Kinect, and it’s a cinch to switch back over to the original controller-based menu. Here’s what Pete Thompson, Xbox Live’s General Manager, had to say about the update:
“By integrating Kinect into the Netflix experience on Xbox LIVE, we’re continuing to transform the way people enjoy their favorite entertainment in the living room. Since its launch, Netflix has always been one of the most popular services on Xbox LIVE, so we are excited to deliver a brand new way to control this experience in a way that can’t be found anywhere else.”
The update is live now, and will require about 42 MB of space on your console’s hard drive.