Winrumors was able to get some video of the upcoming Xbox 360 companion app for Windows Phone that Microsoft revealed a few weeks back. The app was demoed earlier today at the Nokia World 2011 event where Microsoft and Nokia execs revealed their plans for their companies mobile futures. The app will essentially allow users to browse and control media for their Xbox 360 console by using their Windows Phone device. The app will be free to all Windows phone users and looks to be nearly ready for prime time.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a beta copy of the app to try out with my Xbox and I have to say that it’s really impressive. Here’s an actual scenario I ran through with the app and my Xbox the other day:
- Finding Content: Just like on your Xbox, theXbox 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 infiniteroad 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.
This further brings into focus the integration Microsoft has been working to achieve among their various products and services. When you consider that Microsoft is number one in gaming consoles, office software and PC’s, they have a lot to bring to the table for their smartphone platform. This Xbox integration is the next logical step.