Netflix app on Xbox 360 updated with Kinect support

Summary:Controlling Netflix on an Xbox 360 can be done hands-free now if you have a Kinect set up too.

Controlling Netflix on an Xbox 360 can be done hands-free now if you have a Kinect set up too.

Microsoft first promised this update way back when at CES 2011 in January. Starting today, it's a reality.

However, it's a little tricky. While users will be able to waive their hands and use their voices to activate commands during playback of all titles available in the Netflix library, it's not possible to use Kinect (yet) to start all films. Rather, there is only a "recommended" list to get things started. In those cases, the controller is the good ol' default option.

Nevertheless, this is a pretty welcome update - especially for the couch potatoes who don't feel like getting up to grab the remote or controller.

[Image via Joystiq]

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