Xbox LIVE’s “Inside Xbox” is Ending

    May 3, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Director of Programming, has announced on his blog that the content broadcasted on Xbox LIVE under the moniker of “Inside Xbox” will no longer be produced. This includes shows such as Featured Video, Insider Moves, Xbox 101, and Major’s Minute.

This change evidently only applies to Inside Xbox content for the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Hryb stated that Xbox LIVE for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa is currently “looking at its operating model for Inside Xbox,” but no news has been released as to whether it will continue there. Mexico and Japan will continue receiving Xbox LIVE first-party content produced in those countries, but they will not be released under the Inside Xbox banner.

Hryb’s blog post seemed very sincere and a bit sad:

We want to express our sincere appreciation to all of our viewers and fans of Inside Xbox, and remain committed to providing our members with access to high-quality news and information via the console, social media channels and Xbox.com. We will be leveraging third-party news and video content available through a variety of existing and future partners, and supplementing this content with select first-party offerings. However, day-to-day news content and weekly programming currently offered though Inside Xbox will cease production in the United States. This includes shows like Major’s Minute, Featured Videos and Insider Moves packaged under the Inside Xbox brand.

Some of that third-party content Hryb mentioned will come from a new video game content app that IGN launched on Xbox LIVE just this week. It seems that both Microsoft and Sony don’t see much value in producing content for their consoles other than video games. The Inside Xbox cancellation comes just weeks after Sony made a similar announcement, canceling the first-party PlayStation Network show Qore.

Microsoft seems to be shifting things around quite a bit lately, yet this news comes as a bit of a surprise. Much of the Inside Xbox content was made up of short clips from video games. I suppose the content simply wasn’t popular enough. What do you think? Will you miss Insider Moves and Major’s Minute? Check out what may be one of the last Major’s Minute episodes and then Leave a comment below and let us know how you feel.

  • pete

    Your reporting is pretty poor. Do you even watch many of the videos on inside xbox? Why you think most of it is short gaming clips I have no clue. Do you know what the ratings were on the shows? No you don’t cause if you did you would not make the statement you did. Maybe you should actually report and not just copy a press release and then add you inaccurate opinion. Just saying

    • The Guardian

      Yep, I can see why people are ending podcasts with a prime example right here. You take one sentence about “short video clips” and use that to berate the author as a poor journalist. The author was giving a wild guess as to why this is happening. You give an inaccurate opinion with little to back it up. If you have a better idea or guess as to what’s happening please post or forever hold your peace.

  • Andrew

    LOL to pete’s comment!

    The IGN content will probably also include IGN’s own shows, so there will still be weekly-ish shows for all your gaming news updates.

  • JD

    Microsoft took down Inside Xbox because it was free. You didn’t need to have gold just to watch a video about video games or get help or just get some nice entertainment. Now almost everything on Xbox Live requires a gold membership.