Xbox LIVE Apps launch for Windows Phone... and iOS

The Fall Update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard finally went live yesterday (despite a last-minute hiccup holding things up for a few hours), and today, Microsoft made launched another long-awaited Xbox feature: the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone.

As its name suggests, the app makes your Windows Phone a ‘companion’ device to your Xbox 360 console. It enables you to search for TV shows, music, movies and games on your Windows Phone, and then play them on your Xbox. When viewing information on games and other content, you can also review other details, such as friend activity, achievements and related content.

You can even use your handset as a navigation device to move around the new Metro-based user interface on the console.

You can download the Xbox Companion app from the Windows Phone Marketplace now.

But while the new app for Windows Phone has been expected for some time, the new My Xbox LIVE app for iOS may come as more of a surprise to some. This new free app allows Xbox LIVE members to send and receive messages from friends, manage and edit your Xbox LIVE profile, edit your avatar and even compare and review game achievements.

Some people may consider the availability of an Xbox app on a rival platform to remove one of the unique propositions of the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft’s Major Nelson (aka Larry Hryb) points out that the iOS app for Xbox LIVE has far fewer features than the Windows Phone version.

Additionally, you'll need iOS 4.3 or higher and users won’t be able to play Xbox titles on their devices while users of Windows Phone enjoy access to these games, as well as tighter integration with the Xbox suite through the Games hub.  

My Xbox LIVE is available for all iOS devices, including the iPad, and can be downloaded free from the App Store right now.

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This does not require 7740. Apps do not require 7740, the SDK wasn't updated for just a minor update. I was easily able to download/install the app on my phone and I'm on Mango 7720.

Woo! App is basically useless. Can not send messages unless you have a gold account... hell you can not even reply to friend's messages unless you have gold.

necrosis said,
Woo! App is basically useless. Can not send messages unless you have a gold account... hell you can not even reply to friend's messages unless you have gold.

If you have a Windows Phone then the Xbox Hub is used for sending and recieving messages, doesn't require a gold account either.

I can't use the report mistake with this article. As I'm on an iPhone.
But the iOS app version. Does not work on all iOS devices.
I can't install it on my iPhone 3G.
You need iOS 4.3 or higher! To install the app.

The iPad app is lovely.

If this is a taste of windows 8 tablet style interfaces to come I am impressed!

The ios app can set beacons too, something WP7 cant do. And its designed to match the new Xbox.com website. As usual, WP7 gets the crumbs from the iphone table.

efjay said,
The ios app can set beacons too, something WP7 cant do. And its designed to match the new Xbox.com website. As usual, WP7 gets the crumbs from the iphone table.

um, you can set a beacon from the WP7 Companion app

efjay said,
The ios app can set beacons too, something WP7 cant do. And its designed to match the new Xbox.com website. As usual, WP7 gets the crumbs from the iphone table.

Does it, how about the fact WP users get live enabled games and iOS users don't, how about WP users being able to control their xbox using the app, iOS users can't. And the hub and companion app are designed to match the xbox.com site and the WP7 interface.

This says it all:

"Microsoft's Major Nelson (aka Larry Hryb) points out that the iOS app for Xbox LIVE has far fewer features than the Windows Phone version.

Additionally, iOS users won't be able to play Xbox titles on their devices while users of Windows Phone enjoy access to these games, as well as tighter integration with the Xbox suite through the Games hub."

As usual, the iPhone gets the crumbs from the WP7 table.

Looks like the iOS app has the base functionality of the original xbox live hub within WP7, minus games.

Can't wait to get home to try the WP7 companion!!!!!

This new free app allows Xbox LIVE members to send and receive messages from friends, manage and edit your Xbox LIVE profile, edit your avatar and even compare and review game achievements.

Windows Phones already do this.

KomaWeiss said,
....

We don't care for grammar monkeys here.

We all knew what he meant, and I'm not entirely sure you're right with your correction.

I believe he is actually right, and to correct yours would have to be:
"Windows Phone already does this."

If he's speaking collectively of all devices, than he's still right.
If you're speaking about OS functionality then you're wrong leave Phones plural.
If you're speaking collectively about all devices, you're still wrong.

So, either way, we know what y'all meant, suck it up!

KomaWeiss said,

Windows Phones already does this.

Fixed it for you


Nope, actually, it was well written. If it was Windows Phone without S, it would have been a mistake; you can't have a plural subject and a plural verb in that sentence.

wetworker said,
Gimp down other OS Microsoft. Give us windows phone users
all the good ish.

What the fudge does that even mean!?

KomaWeiss said,
Why no Android versions? D:

Historically, Microsoft has more-or-less embraced Apple users and shunned Linux based system users. Not certain why exactly but maybe they are more threatened by Linux based stuff...

KomaWeiss said,
Why no Android versions? D:

Probably because of the different processors and other issues with Android Fragmentation. Its likely that it is the same reasons that Netflix isn't available on all Versions of Android.

On iPhone I get "Attention: There is a problem with your account. Please log on to xbox.com for more information." Maybe because I haven't updated my console yet? Hmmm...

Edit: I had to agree to their new terms and edition. Logging into xbox.com forces you to accept the new terms in conditions (i.e., I will not class action sue microsoft's ass).

First impression is that it looks pretty good but there are a lot of low-resolution (i.e., not retina) graphics.

Looks like mostly just a messaging app. I do like how I can do gamescore comparisons. Just did a comparison of Skyrim with a coworker and that worked as expected. Also, being able to customize your Avatar is pretty slick (if you are into that kind of stuff).

I was hoping for more of an XBox 360 remote control but oh well...

Shadrack said,
Looks like mostly just a messaging app. I do like how I can do gamescore comparisons. Just did a comparison of Skyrim with a coworker and that worked as expected. Also, being able to customize your Avatar is pretty slick (if you are into that kind of stuff).

I was hoping for more of an XBox 360 remote control but oh well...

Anything more will only be on the Windows Phone versions of the apps.

I've downloaded it and I like it. A nice easy way to find out who is online without having to load up the Xbox.