Xbox 360 entertainment app usage up 50 per cent

The number of people using entertainment apps on Xbox 360 rose 50 per cent last month, Microsoft has revealed.

Xbox Live mouthpiece Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb confirms in a blog post that app usage rose significantly in December compared to the month before. The Metro dashboard update, which brought renewed focus on external video content, was released on December 6.

Hryb goes on to note that entertainment apps were used by 60 per cent of Xbox Live Gold members during December, and that during 2011 as a whole, the number of hours of video watched globally on Xbox 360 rose 140 per cent year on year.

"We are committed to enhancing and expanding our global entertainment offerings on Xbox Live in 2012," Hryb writes. "Moving forward, you can expect to see more of the world's leading entertainment providers coming to Xbox and a continued rollout of entertainment apps."

Canadian users can now download apps from Disney XD and Real Sports, with Mediathek/ZDF now available in Germany.