iPad version of My Xbox Live app updated

Owners of both an iPad and an Xbox 360 console will be happy with the latest update to the iOS version of Microsoft's My Xbox Live app. This week, Microsoft launched a new 1.6 version on Apple's iTunes that allows iPad owners to remotely control the Xbox 360 console with the iPad app.

The description of the new update on the iTunes page states:

Use your iPad with your Xbox to connect, control and discover content on your console. Connect your iPad for access to a quick list of your most recent console activity. Control your content with play, pause, fast forward and rewind media controls. Find fresh entertainment to play in the new Discover section.

This new update sounds a lot like what Microsoft plans to offer users of its upcoming Xbox SmartGlass app. The program, which was officially revealed in June, is slated to be released later this year for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 8 products. It is suppose to not only offer users a way to control the Xbox 360 console but also bring additional content to Xbox 360 games, movies and TV shows.

Microsoft has not said if it plans to retire its iOS My Xbox Live app when Xbox SmartGlass is released.

Source: iTunes page | Image via Microsoft

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xXgreatestever said,
Wouldn't it be better if they limited the SmartGlass app to W8 devices? Or would that not work?

Better for who? The millions of gamers that won't have a Windows 8 device at the time?

TCLN Ryster said,

Better for who? The millions of gamers that won't have a Windows 8 device at the time?

Yeah but wouldn't SmartGlass give gamers more of an incentive to purchase a W8 device?

xXgreatestever said,

Yeah but wouldn't SmartGlass give gamers more of an incentive to purchase a W8 device?

Like i mentioned above. MS doesn't want to introduce people to just one device. It makes far more financial sense to introduce to a whole ecosystem of products and methods. This way, instead of making a small profit on a single tablet (for instance) they can make a whole bunch more money and supporters.

in other words, MSFT gave everybody one less reason to buy a windows 8 tablet or windows phone 8. man these guys are smart!

neonspark said,
in other words, MSFT gave everybody one less reason to buy a windows 8 tablet or windows phone 8. man these guys are smart!
Err I was thinking they were being generous and supporting multiple platforms, but whatever creams your Twinkie man...

neonspark said,
in other words, MSFT gave everybody one less reason to buy a windows 8 tablet or windows phone 8. man these guys are smart!

What's more important to MS, having users by a single tablet device or OS, or having users buy in to the whole new Windows ecosystem? (obviously it's the latter)

fmanchu said,
How does the new smartglass app connect to the xbox? Is it bluetooth, wifi or through the internet?

Xbox 360 has bluetooth? I think not.

It'll work similarly to this My Xbox Live app and connect over your LAN, however your device may be connected. Ethernet or WiFi.