Microsoft unveiled a brand new Windows Phone application for Xbox owners on Wednesday.
The application will allow Windows Phone users to control their Xbox console from their phone. The app will be made available for free to Windows Phone users and will let owners find and control content from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the Xbox 360.
- Finding content - Xbox companion provides access to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace of games, movies, music and TV shows.
- Learn more about your content – The Xbox companion app will provide information and related details about specific content on the Xbox 360. If an Xbox owner is listening to a song then Windows Phone users can simply bring up information on the song name, artist and albums etc.
- Control and play - The Xbox companion app includes a controller mode that allows Windows Phone users to navigate the Xbox dashboard or control video and music playback.
Microsoft’s companion app is part of a number of new integrated experiences between Windows Phone 7.5 and the new Xbox dashboard. The software giant claims the control mode for Windows Phone is “virtually instantaneous,” allowing users to use their phone as a TV remote. ”You probably want to know more and find out when the Xbox Companion app will become available,” wrote Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph in a blog post on Wednesday. “Rest assured that it’s coming soon and that when it gets here, it’ll be a free download for Windows Phone customers.”