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Xbox Companion App Hits Windows Phone 7 Tomorrow

Felix Kemp
Dashboard Update, Microsoft, Xbox Companion, Xbox Live

Xbox Companion App Hits Windows Phone 7 Tomorrow

Following on from Jon's earlier post regarding the upcoming Xbox 360 Dashboard update, Microsoft have announced they'll be releasing a new Windows Phone 7 app, dubbed the Xbox Companion, tomorrow. With the app installed, you can track your 360 friends' activities - what games they're playing, videos they're watching, how their Achievement score stacks up next to yours - and search for content via Xbox LIVE.

Furthermore, the Xbox Companion app allows you to remotely control your 360, launching movies, hitting play, pause, fast-forward or stop, activate apps and even "initiate media purchases". It's nothing too eye-opening, but Microsoft has long promised to integrate the 360 and LIVE with their mobile platform, and it appears they're on the right track towards achieving this.

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hurrakan  Dec. 5, 2011 at 14:54

They (Microsoft) just don't get it.

This doesn't make me want a WP7, and it doesn't make me want to use my Xbox any more than I already do (which is not much anyway).

Last edited by hurrakan, Dec. 5, 2011 at 14:55
stevenjameshyde  Dec. 5, 2011 at 15:22

But it doesn't make you want to use it any less, right? I don't see how adding functionality and taking nothing away could possibly be a bad thing?

hurrakan  Dec. 5, 2011 at 15:35

Ha! You'd think, wouldn't you? But sadly, that's not how Microsoft do things.

I've read some reviews of the new dashboard and it didn't sound appealing. Bing only searches EVERYTHING at once - so if you're looking for something specific it makes things more difficult to find. I have no Kinect and I don't want to type things into Bing.

A truly usable, accessible interface should be intuitive enough that it negates the need to search at all.

If Microsoft really want to bring the Xbox platform to everyone and make it more meaningful, then they should open it up more e.g. by providing a developers API so that anyone could engaging Xbox apps (and release them to a wider audience).


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