A huge selling point for Windows Phone 7, especially among our community, is that it’s the only phone with Xbox LIVE. Not only can you earn achievements on the go, but you can manage your friends list, send messages, check on your achievement progress, dress up your avatar, and more
. There’s even some Xbox 360-WP7 connectivity with Full House Poker (WP)
and the upcoming Kinectimals (WP7)
The Xbox Companion App looks to further your Xbox and entertainment experience with your Windows Phone 7. The app is capable of searching for marketplace items from your phone, and once downloaded or purchased you can use your phone to play it on your TV. You can also expand on this by tapping on related content to find more of what you love. What’s great too is that the app is free of charge.
The app was detailed on Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blog
, and blog author Ben Rudolph went through a hands-on example on how the app works:
• Finding Content: Just like on your Xbox, the Xbox Companion gives you instant access to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace catalog of games, movies, music and TV shows. I used it to search “Featured Content” and pulled up the X-Men: First Class.
•Learn more about what you’re watching, listening to, or playing: Once I found the movie and touched the movie tile, the Xbox companion app took me to an info page that has all the related details about. And the content is really rich, too – for example, when I swiped to the “cast” page and touched an actor’s name, like star James McAvoy, I was taken to other movies starring him. From there, I could easily learn more about the other movies, their cast, etc. It’s an infinite road of interactive content.
•Control & Play: Once I selected the content and hit play, the Xbox Companion flips into “controller mode” in which I could navigate my Xbox, or control video playback of your video. The best part here is that controls are virtually instantaneous – easily as fast as using my controller or a TV remote.
The Xbox Companion App isn’t available quite yet, but look for it after the new Xbox 360 dashboard
is made available in November.