Microsoft has focused a lot on making the Xbox One a bonafide entertainment device, developing those features independent of gameplay, which is obviously what a game console is for. Ahead of the Xbox: Game On brief at the E3 conference later this month it has been announced that 45 new entertainment apps will be released for the Xbox One. The latest launch will increase Xbox One app catalog to over 225 apps around the world.

The new apps include some of the most popular entertainment experiences that Xbox One users have been asking for. HBO GO finally makes its way to Microsoft’s latest console and so does “optimized-for-TV” Twitter, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming, Anytime, ShowTime and Vine. Many more are scheduled to launch by the end of this holiday season.

In the U.S. Twitter will be directly integrated into the console’s TV experience. It will offer users the ability to view tweets related to cable or satellite TV shows they’re watching as they come in. Its a great way to keep an eye on the conversation when you’re watching a show that generates quite a lot of buzz on Twitter.

The full list of applications being released for the Xbox One, and a few for the Xbox 360, are available on the Xbox blog.

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