As the launch of Xbox One grows closer and closer, details on the apps that will be available for use are starting to become more widespread. In this case we focus on Redbox Instant by Verizon, and how it has been custom designed to utilize the strengths of the Xbox One to provide a special movie-streaming experience.
The app was built from the ground up specifically to take advantage of the power of One, and of the new capabilities of Kinect. Searching for different movies can be done using voice controls, while controlling and managing the content can be done using hand-gesture controls. Redbox Instant will also be one of the apps that can utilize One's Snap feature, allowing you to watch a movie while you play a game at the same time.
However, perhaps the most significant aspect to the app is how it will take advantage of OneGuide. After installing the app, four different channels will be added to your OneGuide, which will help you always keep on top of all of the new entries to watch. These options will be available through streaming from the subscription catalog, reserving the disc at your local Redbox kiosk, or renting/buying directly from the Redbox store. If there is a certain movie that is a favorite of yours, you will also have the ability to pin it to your main home page to make it easier to access.
Redbox Instant will also include achievements, which can constantly be updated and expanded, even after the app has been launched, using One's new dynamic Achievements system. Since I'm sure some of you are interested, here is a look at what some of these achievements are going to be:
- I’m a Redhead! – Subscribe to the Redbox Instant by Verizon service and then log into the app
- Watch it Later, Gator! – Bookmark three movies on your Xbox One so that you can watch them later
- Our First Date – Watch a full movie and we’ll give you this achievement
- Party like it’s … – Watch nine movies from 1999 (I remember those days…)
- KJ RULEZ! – Watch five movies featuring Kevin James
- Fearless – Watch 10 horror movies
- Couch Party – Watch a movie with four of your friends logged in
- Blackjack! – Watch any 21 movies (they don’t have to be set at a casino, but that might be fun)
The Xbox One, on the chance that you somehow forgot, launches tomorrow, November 22nd.