During the Xbox 360 keynote at E3 2011 Microsoft announced that UFC pay-per-view events were coming to Xbox Live. Up until recently we were under the impression that the service would launch on the same date as the UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida event (December 10), however we can now confirm that there has been a delay.
We do not know why the delay has occurred, but what we do know is that it should now launch on December 20th. Mixed martial arts fans will probably have spotted that this now means the first-ever live UFC PPV on Xbox Live will take place on December 30th where Brock Lesnar will battle it out with Alistair Overeem at UFC 141.
To watch live events you will need a Gold Xbox Live membership and have a payment card linked to your Xbox Live account, yes that’s right you will not need Microsoft Points, instead you will use “real money”. Currently it is unclear as to how much a PPV will cost to stream, but we expect it to cost somewhere around $45-$60 per event – apparently there will be both HD and SD pricing options, HD videos will be streamed at 720p.
Not only will UFC on Xbox Live allow you to watch live events but you will also be able to watch event previews, weigh-ins, interviews, highlights and much more on demand. If that’s not enough for you there will be interactive fight cards where you can compare fighters records and stats against one-another, you can then make predictions and see how you faired against your friends via the leaderboards. One other thing to add is the fact that the UFC feature will be controllable via Kinect.
Hopefully Microsoft will now stick to this December 20th launch date as we can’t wait to try it out.
Will you watch UFC events on your Xbox 360?