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Xbox Companion for Windows Phone even Better than iOS Flavor

by Joey Davidson | December 8, 2011December 8, 2011 10:00 am PST

Our own Killian Bell wrote up a story for the iOS variety of the Xbox LIVE App yesterday. There, he specifically called the app “fantastic,” and he even suggest its design had him wanting a Windows Phone even more.

As you can see in the video clip above, Windows Phone users will be able to land an even better, different version of the brand new Xbox Companion app on their mobile devices. That makes sense, of course, given that both products share the same Microsoft banner.

The Companion app will essentially give users a new way to interact with their Xbox 360s. In addition to the functionality the other app brings to the iOS platform, Windows Phone users will be able to control their 360s from their mobile devices. They’ll also be able to explore the content in front of them without interruption by using their phones.

Major Nelson has a quick rundown of what users can do with the app:

Xbox Companion search powered by Bing. Search the unified Xbox catalog for movies, TV shows, music, games and apps using the Windows phone. View a detailed unified results page across all content providers. You can see recently played games and apps and browse the Zune video catalog

Using the Xbox Companion app you can learn more details about the movie, TV show, music or game that is playing on your console. You can also get friend activity (friends online, friends with beacons, friends who have recently played), achievements and related items. You’ll also be able to select a search result, and launch a movie, TV show, game or app on the connected console as well as play, pause, fw, rw the playing video or music on the connected Xbox, initiate media purchase and navigate your Xbox console with Windows Phone using the Xbox Companion.

Here’s where Windows Phone users can snag the app.

If you’ve grabbed it, installed it and used it, let us know what you think. Is this new way to control your Xbox 360 going to be your path of choice from here on out? Or, is this a simple, fun distraction?

[via Major Nelson]


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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