Xbox Live Gets an Official iOS App
Just a day after the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone was released, iOS device owners can now find the My Xbox Live app on the App Store.
The free app does what many hoped they could get from the variety of unofficial iOS ones released over the years: It allows Xbox Live members to access and manage their friends list, read and send messages, edit their profile, set Beacons, view and compare Achievements, watch select videos, and edit their Avatar. The Avatar functionality, when it comes to clothing, is limited only to what you already own; you’ll need to get on your Xbox 360 or Xbox.com if you want to buy that CM Punk shirt for your virtual Mini-Me.
As Major Nelson notes, My Xbox Live doesn’t include all of the functionality seen in the Windows Phone app, which allows users to search the Xbox and Zune catalogs to find games, movies, music, and TV shows. More impressively, the phone can act as a remote, launching certain content and then controlling it (pause, rewind, play, etc.).
The iOS app may seem gimped as compared with that, but the ability to communicate with friends alone is a welcome-enough feature that it isn’t such a big deal. Besides, it’s not as if you’d expect Microsoft to give away all of those features in a free app for a competitor’s phone. Still, it’d be nice if we see an update allowing the Marketplace to be browsed and downloads to be queued up.
This release comes just a day after the Xbox 360 fall dashboard update landed. It was delayed from its morning launch until later in the day, and since that time many 360 owners have been experiencing issues connecting to Xbox Live. Microsoft says it’s aware and is working on it.