"If you just bought a Windows Phone 8 device like the Nokia Lumia 920 or the HTC 8x and were hoping to load it with Xbox content for the holidays -- after all, they're both from Microsoft, right? -- it seems that you may be in for some disappointment. As of right now, purchases or rentals from the newly-branded Xbox Video will not sync to Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has even officially acknowledged the issue in its support page, stating: "Windows Phone 8 does not currently support playback of rented or purchased content from the Xbox Video Store." The article goes on to say that you can go to the Windows Phone Feature Suggestions page to recommend it for future releases. Gee, thanks, Microsoft; that's so helpful."
Xbox integration was supposed to be a MAJOR selling point for WP8. And it doesn't even work??????? Looks like Microsoft really did rush out an unfinished version to consumers. Couple this with the freezes and reboots users are howling about and you have a potential disaster for WP8 sales.
I view any software issue as non-issue. Software can always be upgraded unlike hardware where you have to buy a new unit. It's not like Microsoft is abandoning you. Heck, even the L900 is getting a WP7.8 upgrade.
Only Android-based system has software issues as OEM's never bother to update it. They'd rather sell you a new cellphone with the latest Android OS.
I do not have SIRI on my iPhone 4 with iOS 5, even though it was advertised by Apple. In addition, I can not run on my iPhone 4 some of the programs on my MacBook Pro. However, I still have the Apps for Google Maps and YouTube since I did not update to iOS 6. I am planning to get the Nokia Lumia 920 to learn the platform. But I will keep my iPhone 5 to use in WiFi with the Apps that are not available yet in WP8. The only feature that I will really miss is the jailbreak of the iPhone 4 with iOS 5.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
The lack of compatability between WP and Xbox is one reason Microsoft is not touting the interoperability of Win 8 between platforms - because Win 8 doesn't currently offer full interoperability.
This will (presumbly) be a useful selling point in the future, presuming MS eventually provides full interoperability. But, for now, that lack is a lost opportunity for MS. I don't think it is a major factor in Lumia sales today.
Oh my what do I do now? I only bought the 920 cause XBOX video purchases!, never mind the rest, like amazing camera, great navigation, beauty, speed, etc, I really just wanted the Xbox purchases and more sequels of angry birds games....
That is all it matters to me, I will get an Iphone5 then, that way I can get lost whenever I want, watch frozen boring tiles, buy a new connector and oops... no Xbox video either.
I didn't buy my iPhone just ti use maps, but folks tried to make it sound like that issue (which I never experienced anyway) was the end of the world. It's just one feature, but Xbox integration is a selling point that even Ballmer was touting on stage. Take it for what it's worth.
keep trying harder. who the heck gives a hoot about what you are talking about? Big deal. tell that to msft. It won't affect lumia sales. I don't give a hoot about xbox video purchase. I can get my videos elsewhere. Boy you are trying to make a mountain out of your mole creation, lol.