Microsoft releases Xbox LIVE app for iPhone and iPad

By Tom Warren, on 7th Dec 11 10:34 pm with 64 Comments

iOS Xbox app

Microsoft announced on Wednesday the availability of its Xbox LIVE iOS app.

The free application is available for iPad and iPhone users and lets iOS users get access to the Xbox LIVE service. Some of the features include:

  • Read and send messages to friends
  • Manage your friends list, invite new friends
  • Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto)
  • Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet
  • View and compare your achievement progress with friends

The application was made available on Wednesday following the announcement of an Xbox companion app for Windows Phone 7. You can download the iOS app at Apple’s App Store here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3OIDXOI5OEMTX6Z3O5YUBFSISA Diego3336

    Makes sense considering how well estabilished WP7 is, with tons of exclusive features and units sold. Let’s share our fortunes with the struggling operating systems.

     I bet Samsung, HTC and even Nokia are very happy to see MS killing the best selling points of WP7. [/ironic]

    Seriously MS, we are still waiting for apps like Skype and PhotoSynth that are already available on others OSs, and now this?

    Way to go MS

    • Anonymous

      This is basically an Xbox.com app. Who cares?

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      a person who thinks “photosyth” is important… even though photosynth its all about taking million  pictures to an object. and i bet they wont even use it even if it was available months ago. they only want to complain its not on WP

      also a person too dumb to understand skype needs to be ported, and it takes time. because if skype was released only as a chat app, they would be complaining about not having video… but since it needs to be ported and it takes time, they complain about it as well. and they can use IM+ but they only want to complain.

      so who cares? dumb people :) 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3OIDXOI5OEMTX6Z3O5YUBFSISA Diego3336

      I am an amateur photographer so you can bet I will use it a lot, as I use the LG’s Panorama Shot. But this one is crap so PhotoSynth will be very useful to me and other people. Just because is useless to you, doesn’t mean it’s useless to everyone, and if it’s a Microsoft software and available to iOS users, I don’t see why am I “dumb” to request this app for a MS own OS.

      And about Skype, yeah, you’re right, Skype/MS is a small softhouse with no knowledge, people and resources to port a software and deliver it in less than 10 months.

    • BadManDuke

      With advertisements for Xbox Live games.

    • Anonymous

      apparently this is the Microsoft i’ve been waiting for and i think this is the perfect strategy. Not only do they get people to love the metroism looking interface, which in part might lead them to a Windows Phone but it also show’s confidence in their WP7 platform.  Microsoft is a software company and should behave accordingly, this is one way that they would win people over from other platform. Look at it this way, if someone has an Xbox and can have this app, the more they use the metro look, the more incline they will be to buy a Windows Phone. 

    • Seth_p

      They can take their time (just not forever) with Skype – I don’t want something half-assed. It’ll probably come around Tango build…? Dunno about Photosynth, I thought Anrdoid doesn’t have that app, just iOS and was pretty recent…? Either way, I don’t think those are things consumers are dieing to wait for. Nice, but eh we can live without (for now).

    • Anonymous

      I might be with Diego on this one.  Seems strange there still isn’t a Skype app for Windows Phone yet.  So when you see MS using developer resources to build apps for iOS or Android, it doesn’t look good on the surface.

    • Seth_p

      I know what you’re saying but Skype probably will not be a stand-alone app. It makes more sense to have Skype integrated w/ their accounts and a Tango OTA would provide just that. As far as regular consumers, it probably doesn’t look good like you said

    • Guest

      They mentioned something about it recently. I think it had to do with being careful how they implement due to EU concerns. Not issues effecting WP per se, but more how the Windows side of it works. But obviously MS wants it to be seamless across both.  

    • Iwasholdingitwrong

      When the XBox team works on an iPhone app it does not mean that Skype for WP7 suffers. You cannot just pick people up from one group, drop them into another, and expect the product to be magically, instantly finished. It just does not work that way. People have specialties, areas of focus, etc. Since iOS uses Objective-C, products like this were probably done by either the MacBU group, or a few people on their off hours. These people may not know XAML/C#, and not able to work on audio codecs, etc. necessary for Skype on WP7.

    • Anonymous

      We’ve had this app since launch called “Xbox Extras”.

    • Levifreeman

      it was called xbox live extras, now its part of the phone. extras is now only for dressing up and editing your avatar so apple fans are getting something that is built into windows phone.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone application is more limited than on Windows Phone

    • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

      How so? From what I’ve seen it’s exactly like Xbox Live Extras. You can even edit your avatar.

    • BadManDuke

      I must have missed the part where they said they were porting every feature of Xbox Live on Windows Phone to iOS.

      This app is nothing more than an appetizer. Seriously, look at what it offers. Compare it to what WP7 does today, and what it could be offer further down the road (multiplayer, Live chatting, etc). I don’t see that or any Xbox Live content be offered to iOS users. WP is still the main course.

      Honestly, this is nothing more than an app that replicates what Xbox.com can already do, and adds advertisements for Xbox Live games. If anything at all, it’s just a marketing app.

      My gut tells me they aren’t just going port Skype to WP, but are working on Live integration to go along with it. (I could be wrong)

    • Msteel68

      @yahoo-3OIDXOI5OEMTX6Z3O5YUBFSISA:disqus MS/Skype couldn’t even start their implementation until after the final approval was signed off.. so 5 weeks ago, NOT 10 months.  I’m sure you could have thrown something together in 5 weeks, but MS probably wants to nail it and make it right.  Plus there is concern with carrier consideration (aka killing their revenue stream), so lots more to worry about than you’re taking into consideration

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3OIDXOI5OEMTX6Z3O5YUBFSISA Diego3336

      Skype was announced for WP7 in March or April and we still have no clue when it will be launched. Prior to Mango there weren’t socks support so isn’t Skype fault, but we are almost in 2012 and MS is doing Hotmail for Android, Xbox Live, OneNote, PhotoSynth and others to iOS and still no word about Skype for WP7.

      I can understand they want to do “more than an App” for WP7, but why not bring us a Skype App like for others OSs until Tango? A “simple App” is better than nothing and as far as I remember, we don’t have any VoIP App for international calls on WP7 for example. I have some friends who lives overseas and everytime I call them, I need to use my old iPod touch or my PC to make a call by Skype. I’ve tried to use Voxofon, but it’s only a frontend to calling cards, so it’s not a VoIP solution.

      About the carriers’ concern, I don’t think it’s a problem as Skype is available to every other OS in the market and it’s even preloaded in some carriers such as Verizon.

      I’m not bitching about MS products being available to others users, the only thing I expect is MS doing their best to WP7 users first, and I think their partners expect the same.

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      Did i say names? no… if you want to accept all i said was true and then you fit in all i said then: ok?.

      and photosynth? http://photosynth.net/ take that and shut up. use their site, not having the App on a markeplace its just a stupid excuse. i didn’t say i wouldn’t use it, i just sait its not even an important App in the existence of wp7 marketplace. the tech its nice, but its not the best technology when you clearly have to take 20+ pictures, and of course i dont think you will do that for every single object you see in your life.

      and if you need it so bad? then use their site. it does the same.

      and like i said, skype needs to be ported. second Skype adquisition was less than 2 months ago.. and really if you dont know 2 months is less than 10 months, you need to go to primary school. only because its from microsoft, the code wont appear magically, and then it will appear magically integrated on wp7 by itself.
      on other platforms it took months of months to get a skype release, do you think it will be different for wp7 only because TWO months ago Microsoft officially adquired it? well i have news for you, NO, specially if Microsoft will integrate it like wlm, and facebook, and twitter bla bla.

    • trashoner

      it seems like somebody got a nerve poked. you gotta freaking chill kid. being frustrated about getting WP7 best selling unique aspects is something that sounds like a bad strategy, and may be it is but MS is making 5 bucks for every android is being sold at the moment. So I am not too sure they really care if WP7 even sales more than Android as long as all other MS products are selling, no matter what platform.

      I personally know friends that were just waiting for the contracts to run out in order to get a phone with Xbox and Windows Office Mobile. Now I’m not sure they have a reason to get a WP7 since both of those apps are going to be found in any phone in the near future. Is that a good strategy to sell more WP7 phones? absolutely not. Is it a good strategy for MS to sell more apps in other platfors? you bet. Which one of the two you think will make MS more money at this point? you’re smart enough to know the answer to that.

    • Morgan Wisbey

      Have you even looked at it? This is nothing more than the xBox live Extras app that they offered before. It’s really nothing more than what xbox.com already offers. This is not xBox companion. There is no harm in Microsoft doing this. In fact I think they would crush if they offered Zune and Zune Pass for iOS users. Beats iTunes hands down. 

  • PG

    I posted this on another website but will do the same here before the sh8storm:

    I dont know why people are getting upset over this, anyone could have easily went to xbox.com and logged in and sent/received messages to their friends from there as well, this is just an app version of that. Sure they can edit their avatar – but who cares how often do you really even do that?For those saying MS is giving away all their exclusives; exclusives dont determine how WP7 performs – the OS is very fast and fluid, easy to understand and use and has all of this integrated into it. Other platforms may have these features too as ‘apps’ but they arent integrated. You can play games on other platforms but you cant earn achievements while playing those games; that wont ever go to another platform.WP7 is about how great the platform works, not which apps are exclusive or not, the reality is many of IOS apps that were once exclusive are no longer the case; angry birds, doodle jump, iheartradio, tons of apps on each platform. Sure Apple wouldnt release facetime on WP7 but they are really shooting themselves in the foot with that; it will never become widespread in its use if they just stick to mac and iphone users. Even now with that market its not used that often. Whereas something like skype is commonplace and the must have app. Once the WP7 version is available it should be the best version out there.It’s really all about integration and how seamless it works with the OS, all other smartphones may have the basic funtionality but it isnt as well integrated as it is in WP7.

    • Sparks

      Couldn’t have said it any better, donno why people just conclude about things they haven’t checked out. The Apps are not the same at all! ;-) WP7 FTW!!

  • http://circuitsoft.tumblr.com CircuitSoft

    This is awesome. Now people can abandon Game Center or whatever it is called and go play XBOX live on their iphone or ipad

    • Anonymous

      iOS uses dont have access to Xbox Live mobile games

    • BadManDuke

      No, but it does give the iOS users a glimpse into how gaming is on our side of the fence. It could even entice them to take closer look at Windows Phone.

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    i bet people will bitch about this being on iOS, but its not like it will control Xbox or earn achivements. it simply does the same the website does… because not everyone with Xbox has a wp7 and people sometimes want to check their Xbox stuff on their phone not getting on xbox.com

  • Anonymous

    This makes WP7 less unique, even if only slightly. The average person will only see that they can get ‘Xbox Live’ on an iPhone and possibly be dissuaded from buying a Windows Phone.

    • Anonymous

      Depends how MS markets the Xbox Live brand with Windows Phone. If I had some say in marketing I would have a picture of Windows phone on the back of every Halo game telling users that a Waypoint (companion app) available exclusively on WP. Also have WP on every Xbox box sayin can be controlled via WP. This is just a slimed down Xbox.com

    • Anonymous

      Hopefully MS thinks like you do. This is basically just Xbox.com in app form but whether the average consumer will see it that way is what matters for sales.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone application is more limited than on Windows Phone

    • Anonymous

      That’s true. Anyone seriously interested in Xbox (or phones) will see that but the average person may not

    • Anonymous

      Their are enough iOS devices out there already to inform people that the Live at there doesn’t actually play Live games.

    • BadManDuke

      Can you earn achievements on iOS? No.

      The functionality of this app is nothing more than what is already available on xbox.com.

    • Anonymous

      Woah, I’m aware of all this. I own a Windows Phone ( I highly recommend WP7), I’m just saying how I think the average consumer may perceive this app.

    • BadManDuke

      A side by side comparison of the two will easily show the differences, in such a way that even the average consumer would understand it.

      I’d expect the capabilities of the app to be something similar to pre-mango Xbox Live Extras, minus the Marketplace, and not much else. Nothing to get up in arms about.

    • Anonymous

      @BadManDuke:disqus 

      I agree. I’m not sure if the average person would be aware of a side by side if one is done but my biggest complaint is that people might perceive this app to be equal to Xbox Live on WP, which is really a pretty minor issue. My original post could have been phrased a bit better.

    • Msteel68

      I own a WP7 and got XBox Companion for WP7 today.. AMAZING.  I can see my XBox games AND START THEM using my phone.  I can Bing search on my phone, find a song/movie/tv show and Play it on my XBox in one click.  I can pause a movie I’m watching on XBox/Zune.  The feature set with iOS app doesn’t even begin to compare.  WP7 Rocks

    • Anonymous

      Agreed :)

      Sent from my Windows Phone
      ________________________________

    • Anonymous

      Heres the kicker Tellme + Xbox 360 companion APP + wake up over LAN (sleep feature if ever included) just think about our possibilities compared to iOS. We can literally say something on our phones and the xbox will go and do it. Xbox power on bam powers on. I cant wait this is just the start!

    • Anonymous

      Thats MS’s job to push that message…Im sure once Wndows 8 and its Xbox Live integration hit, many will understand that actual Live gaming is only for MS’s platforms. This is the equivalent of being able to add titles to your Netflix instant queue without actually being able to watch the movies.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to see this, it shows Microsoft supports all platforms so as they integrate Xbox, live, windows and windows phone they can’t be found guilty of being anticompetitive. Plus it takes balls to do something google and apple don’t really do.

    Google – marketing
    Microsoft – software
    Apple. – hardware

    Ms is doing what they should be doing – keeping people on live and making their services accessible and worth the premiums they charge

    • Anonymous

      Apple = marketing to

    • Anonymous

      By marketing I mean google sells ad space more than anything.. they all have similar products but different focuses.

    • Anonymous

      Word Addroid got ya

    • iSingBass

      Good point about avoiding anticompetitivity–who knows where we’d be right now if all that stuff in the ’90s hadn’t happened. Good work, Microsoft. :)

  • Avatar Roku

    Good to see what ms has done with Bing apps and now Xbox apps on iOS. Now lets see them do this for Internet Explorer, Zune, and Skydrive, and Office. I’m not saying they should give the other platforms the best functionality, but give them a taste. It certainly hasn’t hurt Android to have YouTube and Google Maps apps on iOS. Nor has it hurt Apple to have iTunes on Windows.

    For Zune I would let people buy music and let them see what their friends are listening to with Zune Pass. No Zune Pass playlists or subscription downloads though. Let people sync their IE10 favorites between desktop and IE10 mobile on iOS. Let iOS users access their Skydrives, hell why don’t they let Xbox 360 users view their SkyDrive content too.

  • Anonymous

    This application is not complete as in WP7. The WP7 app has unique things.

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    I’m surprised they allowed this and not Zune Music service. On-demand streaming music on iOS and Android could’ve been Spotify before Spotify.

  • http://twitter.com/karlcramer Karl Cramer

    The biggest feature, earning achievements on your phone, is still exclusive to WP7. In reality, you could already do all of this stuff on your phone from Xbox.com. This just makes it easier.

  • trashoner

    Tell me if I’m crazy here but I don’t see this as a good strategy for MS. Why would the try to port all the main features from WP7 to the iPhone.  I already read somewhere that they are gonna port microsft office to the iOS and now Xbox? as far as I know these were one of the main reasons why I got a Windows phone and held off from getting an iPhone.

    Some of my other friends were just waiting to renew there contracts from att in order to get xbox live with a new windows phone. Now im not very sure they’ll be making the switch. why would they

    • Entegy

      Because this is nothing like Xbox Live on Windows Phone. This is just the website in app form. No achievements or Live-enabled games. No controlling your Xbox through this.

    • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

      How long before the same functionality comes to ios? Wasnt long ago it was believed Xbox Live would be exclusive to WP7, but today proves MS will port anything to ios. And as to the claim that this is just providing the same functions as the Xbox.com site, same applies to WP7 and only leaves achievements and live games which could certainly be the next move.

      Face it, multiple divisions have released apps on ios that are better than whats available on WP7, bing, messenger, now Xbox live. Still no Photosynth app months after Mango has been released, and yet we will wonder why 3rd party developers are not making apps for WP7. Well if they take the lead from MS they will see that WP7 is not even a priority for its parent company so its no wonder apps like Pandora, audible and many others are missing from WP7.

      Its NOT A GOOD THING to give away what makes your platform unique, you can bet when the anti-MS press reports this they wont say the ios version is missing functionality, they’ll just say ios has Xbox live and that will be enough for some people.

      The selling points of WP7 are slowly being reduced, and eventually one has to ask what really is the point to buying a WP7 device.

    • Guest

      Whine whine whine. Give it a rest already.

    • Entegy

       IT’S THE FRONT END TO THE EFFING WEBSITE, LIKE EVERY OTHER DAMN WEBSITE DOES FOR IOS.

      Tell me how Messenger integrated into the OS of WP7 is better than an iOS app.
      Tell me how this front end to the website is better than getting achievements and Xbox Live on WP7
      Tell me how Bing across all MS’ devices now is better than an app restricted to iPad users.

      Stop crying wolf.

      Pandord’s mobile site works wonders via HTML5 audio. Where’s the need for the app?

    • Guest
    • Anonymous

      The problem with that is their ain’t no way MS will want to give Apple a cut of their Xbox Live revenue. By adding the Xbox Live Marketplace to iOS platforms, that means Apple takes 30% of all Live items sold…MS ain’t having that…they will stick to selling their own items on WP7, Xbox and Windows 8.

    • Anonymous

      Who said MS ported all the main features? Their are 3 big features that may never come to other platforms…those being actual Xbox Live games, Xbox Live multiplayer, and Xbox Live Marketplace. iOS ONLY deals with the Xbox of things already gotten on that platform…WP7 deals with everything iOS does but also the phone gaming platform as well. Like others have said, this is the Xbox.com website where as WP and later Windows 8 are complete Xbox Live platforms. 

  • http://twitter.com/laserfloyd Lewis McCrary

    Still waiting for photosynth here. *cough* ;)

  • Anonymous

    Would anyone know why I’m still on the beta dashboard and it didnt update?

    • Anonymous

      Because MS still needs us to test yet released apps coming like Youtube and others before they go GA.

  • http://twitter.com/Salem309 Ahmed Salem

    A Fandroid read this article and gone with wind!

  • http://www.CommunitiesDNAblog.com Rolando Peralta

    Amazing news!! XBOX Live is a huge community that needs to fit everywhere. Good for MS.

  • Mrdeezus

    This app is a lot like all the other apps for xbox on android. I personally think that the Titan is the best phone I have ever had, period. Superfast and well thought out a true smartphone. I like MS strategy, release features slowly but make sure they work and for the most part they do.