Accessing photos and videos on your TV just got even easier with the introduction of SkyDrive for Xbox 360. The first cloud storage service to debut on a console, the SkyDrive app allows you to view photos and videos that you’ve stored on the service, as well as those that have been shared with you.

This is, quite frankly, a big deal – especially for people already using SkyDrive. The service is built into many of Microsoft’s platforms and services, so photos taken on Windows Phone instantly appear in the app on Xbox 360. From there, you can quickly start a slideshow using a controller, the Xbox SmartGlass app, or Kinect gestures and voice commands.

You can, of course, browse the rest of your files – such as those automatically synced to SkyDrive using the desktop application - but some file types might not be supported on the console. For someone, like me, who has their entire computer backed up to SkyDrive, being able to access everything from the living room couch is extremely useful.

The SkyDrive app will be available on Xbox 360 after 10:00 a.m. Pacific today. To download it, simply navigate to the Apps section of the dashboard and look under Social.

[Inside SkyDrive]