Control your Xbox 360 via Windows Phone 7

Microsoft has continued with their Xbox news today, announcing that you will soon be able to control your Xbox 360 via Windows Phone devices all thanks to an Xbox Companion App which is due for release in the near future.

The Windows Phone blog made the announcement earlier today, stating that the Xbox Companion App will let you find, learn more about and control content from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Xbox 360.

The article goes on to describe how the application makes it easy to search out games, movies, music and more, thanks to giving you “instant access” to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace catalog.

The application also lets you find out more details on the movie/music you are watching or listening to. Pressing on the movie tile on the application takes you to a information page that shows all the details on the artist or cast. All of the actors or artist’s names are then touchable and will then take you to additional details specifically about them.

Finally you have “Control and Play”, what this does is turn the companion app into a controller, which lets you, navigate your Xbox or control video playback.  According to the article, all of this is instantaneous and just as fast as using an Xbox controller.

The Xbox Companion App is current in beta within Microsoft, but is due for release very soon. It will be a free download and only available for Windows Phone users.

A new video showing off the application has also been posted on the Xbox press site.

 

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seems like they should make this remote for iphone and android too, then more people could actually use it. but its going seeing them build up their own ecosystem instead of favoring iphone for a change (bing apps, photosynth)

Great advert, and really cool feature.
Is there a feature like this for Windows itself? I see people all the time using their iphone as a remote for their macs. One of my professor used his iphone to control keynote presentations as well as having a monitor right on the phone.

wv@gt said,
Great advert, and really cool feature.
Is there a feature like this for Windows itself? I see people all the time using their iphone as a remote for their macs. One of my professor used his iphone to control keynote presentations as well as having a monitor right on the phone.

There is an app for that on WP7 (Plugs into PowerPoint) but I can't remember what it was called

This is just too much of a win, having your XBOX on and using your phone to quickly pop a movie on instead of finding the controller and going through that hassle. I like it!

TechDudeGeorge said,
This is just too much of a win, having your XBOX on and using your phone to quickly pop a movie on instead of finding the controller and going through that hassle. I like it!

Yep good stuff - though not sure how I'd ever lose my controller that my wife forces me to put back in place every night!

rev23dev said,
Awesome!

Something new to drain my battery I think I need anew Focus battery. It really doesn't last long at all. My wife's seems fine.

I have a 1750 mAH battery in my Verizon HTC Trophy, and the thing lasts easily 2-2.5 days with 2 push email accts., twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

rev23dev said,
Awesome!

Something new to drain my battery I think I need anew Focus battery. It really doesn't last long at all. My wife's seems fine.

make sure the bluetooth is off if you dont use it because it doesnt show on the front unless its paired.. also put the brightness on auto and lower the time to turn off the screen

tsupersonic said,
I have a 1750 mAH battery in my Verizon HTC Trophy, and the thing lasts easily 2-2.5 days with 2 push email accts., twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Slightly OT here but: which battery did you get? No extended cover required?

tsupersonic said,
I have a 1750 mAH battery in my Verizon HTC Trophy, and the thing lasts easily 2-2.5 days with 2 push email accts., twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

Slightly OT here but: which battery did you get? No extended cover required?