Gaming has long been Microsoft's wildcard: while the company struggles to find its feet with Windows Phone
, and faces a difficult tablet market when its Windows 8
slates finally appear, the Xbox 360 continues to sell strongly. Now Xbox TV has arrived
to not only reassure 360-owning gamers that they made the right console choice, but broaden the 360's appeal to a whole new segment. It's not entirely fashionable to praise Microsoft, especially when it's over something that, buried in the company's history books, they've tried and failed at before. Smart TV
has suffered the usual ignominies and from the usual flaws: sluggish hardware, confusing interface, dawdling internet connections. Now, with Xbox LIVE TV, all the pieces seem finally to be coming together.