Top 5: Video Apps Every Console Should Have

Xbox Media Integration

Do you remember when consoles were designed just to play games? Then the PlayStation came out and you could use it the play music CDs and its successor featured the ability of playing DVDs and then social networks and Netflix became extremely popular on the PS3, Wii and Xbox 360. Now most people not only use video game consoles to play games, but also to watch movies, browse the internet, listen to music and the list goes on and on. For many, consoles are the heart of their entertainment systems because they allow them to do more than just play games. With that in mind, here’s a list with some of the best video applications that every gaming device should have.


Netflix (Logo)

A cheap subscription fee gives you access to an ever-changing library of films and TV shows that will keep you glued to the screen for hours and hours. There’s also a lot of exclusive content coming from Netflix as well, so you can always watch “House of Cards” or the latest season of “Arrested Development”. Although subscription-based, this is probably the best streaming service available for watching movies and TV series.


Crackle (Logo)

For the low cost of free, you can watch dozens of films and TV shows on an “on demand” basis. Take into account that Sony owns Crackle, so all the content comes from them. Nevertheless, there are a lot of popular films offered as part of the streaming service, such as Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld, Resident Evil, Ultraviolet, Pitch Black and Conan the Barbarian, among many others.


CrunchyRoll (Logo)

If you like anime, chances are this is already your favorite service. Crunchy Roll is a streaming service that features hundreds of anime shows and other Japanese content. Some devices force you to have a subscription if you want to use the service, but if you do, you can watch ad-free videos and in high-definition.


Twitch (Logo)

Twitch is definitely one of the best video game-focused websites and one of the sites that has grown immensely over the past few years . Who would have known that watching other people playing games was going to be so much fun? There are also a lot of events on a regular basis, including The International, EVO, E3 and more.


YouTube (Logo)

Ever since YouTube incorporated the “Watch Later” feature, I started using the website a lot more. Now I can add videos to the list and watch them whenever and wherever I go. There’s also a lot of live content I watch on a regular basis, including shows, concerts and events like E3 briefings. But there are also video tutorials, music videos, videos of cats and the list goes on and on.