As a bonus surprise extended to all Xbox Live subscribers, HBO and Microsoft have teamed up to give all members of the premium gaming service the ability to watch the premiere episode from the newest season of Game of Thrones. Announced on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft’s official news site for their gaming platforms, members of Xbox Live have the next few days to view the first episode of Game of Thrones‘ fifth season, which first aired this past Sunday on HBO. The offer is available on both the Xbox One and Xbox 360.
“Are you an Xbox Live member impatiently looking for updates from the Seven Kingdoms? Wait no more. Our ravens are bringing some exciting news — starting today, all Xbox Live members in the U.S. can watch the ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 premiere for free through April 16.”
Additionally, to celebrate the start of Game of Thrones Season 5, Xbox Live members will be presented with a wealth of Game of Thrones content from their Xbox dashboard. Throughout the week, Xbox users will gain access to new clips from upcoming Game of Thrones episodes.
“Preview Season 5 with trailers, pledge your allegiance to a house, go behind the scenes with on-set tours, and test your Westeros knowledge with trivia questions asked by ‘Game of Thrones’ cast members.”
While subscribers to Xbox Live can now watch the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones, fans will have to find another source if they wish to view the rest of the season online since only the first season will be available on the Microsoft consoles. Fortunately, the Inquisitr recently detailed alternative ways that the new season of Game of Thrones can be viewed online. Thanks to the launch of HBO Now, customers can watch HBO content over the internet, such as Game of Thrones, without having to have an HBO subscription. Alternatively, viewers can also now directly subscribe to HBO via Sling TV to stream the premium channel’s content online.
In addition to giving Xbox Live members the ability to watch the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones, Microsoft is also currently testing an Xbox 360 system update which would increase the console’s potential storage capacity. As detailed by Microsoft’s Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, the new features will allow Xbox 360 owners to use 2 TB hard drives.
As an Xbox Live subscriber, do you plan on watching the first episode from the new season of Game of Thrones on the Xbox One or Xbox 360 this week?