Christmas comes early for gamers on Verizon’s FiOS cable and Internet service. The company finally dished out plans for its previously announced Xbox 360 integration today, which includes an initial bundle of 26 live channels with Kinect voice and gesture support.
The FiOS channels will be accessible through a new app on the Xbox 360, which will be available in December. Additionally, Verizon announced a new triple-play bundle today (TV/internet/phone service), which starts at $90 and includes 12 months of Xbox Live Gold service and the recently released game, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
With such a limited amount of channels available initially, the new integration won’t turn the Xbox 360 into a full replacement for your FiOS box, but it could be useful for bringing television into additional rooms without paying for extra FiOS receivers. To use the Xbox 360 FiOS app, you’ll need to subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service (which is to be expected). The amount of channels you’ll have available on the service is dependent on your FiOS subscription.
Verizon says that more FiOS channels will be made available on the Xbox 360 over time. In October, Microsoft announced that it had reached deals with Verizon, Comcast, and other companies to expand the Xbox 360′s video offerings.