Xbox 360 getting Karaoke Channel app
Though the Xbox 360 isn't without its share of games that let you sing to your heart's content, it's been a while since a standalone karaoke game has been released. That's a void the Karaoke Channel is hoping to fill with its upcoming Karaoke app.
Due out "in time for the holidays," the Karaoke app will stream a library of more than 8000 songs from the standard genres (rock, pop, hip-hop, etc.) directly to your Xbox 360. The app will then scroll the lyrics across the screen while your avatar performs with a virtual band, audience, and props. Songs can be queued up with SmartGlass, or through a navigation bar on screen. Tracks can even be favorited for easier searching on repeated uses. Additionally, singers will be able to adjust the key of a song, or add a lead vocal track for less familiar tunes.
When Karaoke launches, there will be a small set of sample songs available for free. These songs will change out regularly to keep the app current. If you want to enjoy more than just a few tracks though, Karaoke will allow you to purchase 2-, 6-, or 24-hour blocks of streaming with Microsoft Points. The Karaoke Channel hasn't said just how much each of those tiers will cost, but added the library of pay-to-play songs will constantly update as well.
"As the owner of the world's largest licensed karaoke library and karaoke service on TV and Internet, the Karaoke Channel will combine its expertise with the advanced capabilities of the Xbox 360 platform from Microsoft to develop the best in-home karaoke experience ever," says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital Group Inc. "Now anyone can access our vast library and sing in a fun and interactive way right from their Xbox."
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