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Jun 04, 2014 05:05 PM EDT

Xbox Adds 45 Apps, Including Twitter, HBO GO, To Game Console


Microsoft announced Wednesday announced that dozens of apps will soon make their way to Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles worldwide, PC Mag reported.

The Xbox team is partnering to bring 45 new media apps, including ShowTime Anytime and HBO GO, to its platform in an effort to turn its game console into a dominant media center in the home.  

"Today as we announce new commitments from dozens of our partners, including deep integration with experiences like Twitter and Vine, we hit an important milestone in our journey to deliver unique experiences on Xbox," Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of devices and studios at Microsoft, said in a statement. "We're thrilled to break new ground in social TV experiences like we're doing with Twitter on Xbox One."

These new additions will increase the number of apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One by nearly 25 percent to 225 apps.

The new Twitter app will be optimized to the biggest screen in the user's house in a "smart, contextual way - offering the ability to see Tweets related to the cable or satellite TV shows you're watching as they're happening," Xbox officials said.  It will also be integrated into the TV listings section of OneGuide where customers will be able to see the shows that people are tweeting about in real-time.

"People turn to Twitter every day to enjoy and engage in the real-time conversations about their favorite TV shows," Jana Messerschmidt, vice president of Business Development and Platform at Twitter, said in a statement. "We're enhancing that experience on the Xbox One with a unique Watch with Twitter integration. It will now be easier to discover what shows are trending in real-time on Twitter, tune-in and follow the conversation right from within the Xbox One interface. We are excited to work with the Xbox One team and continue to deliver unique entertainment experiences."

New experiences coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 will also include Comedy Central, FXNOW and iHeartRadio.

For a complete list click here.

The apps are scheduled to launch by the end of this holiday season.

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