December 4th 2011 9:14 pm PT

Xbox Companion for Windows Phone coming December 6th

If you read the press release put out earlier today, you probably saw the huge list of partners coming soon to Xbox 360 and may have missed the paragraph about the Xbox Companion app coming this week, so I wanted to share a few more details about it.

Starting this Tuesday, Dec. 6, the free Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone will let you find, learn more about and control content from popular entertainment services on Xbox LIVE.

 

This Xbox Companion app will have some cool new features to use with your Xbox 360 including:

Xbox Companion search powered by Bing. Search the unified Xbox catalog for movies, TV shows, music, games and apps using the Windows phone. View a detailed unified results page across all content providers. You can see recently played games and apps and browse the Zune video catalog

Using the Xbox Companion app you can learn more details about the movie, TV show, music or game that is playing on your console. You can also get friend activity (friends online, friends with beacons, friends who have recently played), achievements and related items. You’ll also be able to select a search result, and launch a movie, TV show, game or app on the connected console as well as play, pause, fw, rw the playing video or music on the connected Xbox,initiate media purchase and navigate your Xbox console with Windows Phone using the Xbox Companion.

The Xbox Companion is a free app that launches on Tuesday, December 6th exclusively on Windows Phone. See the screen shots here.

Update: The app is now available. You can download it here.

 


 

Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox Live By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Anonymous

    I hope that this app will also be available in finland on the day of the US Release. After all, we’re now making WP7 hardware and stuff.

  • Anonymous

    I, too, hope this will be available in Europe. I sometimes feel left out, especially in the WP7 device.

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, been waiting for this for awhile. Combine this app with my Windows Home Server app, and I’m controlling my Xbox and Server with my phone. This is the Ecosystem.

  • http://twitter.com/TehChuz Jesus Cuenca

    And youtube, no? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christian-Hartwig/100000410071342 Christian Hartwig

    US-only (again) or will good old europe get it, too?

  • Anonymous

    I wish my Xbox didn’t still use the Zune thing. It takes forever and is slightly annoying.

    • http://profiles.google.com/thief000 J.A.J.G. Thiéfaine

      Fun fact: If you post about this or do a bug report MS replies and states this is by design.
      I wish the dash would still allow the option for the local video player once Zune is installed.

    • ElektroDragon

      Buy a Zune Pass, best deal in music on earth. Then you won’t complain.

  • Anonymous

    don’t you try doing US only with this awesome app.

  • http://twitter.com/MrCoolguy80 Spencer Brown

    Will it work with Windows Media Player?

  • http://twitter.com/fcviotto Fernando Coli Viotto

    Wondering when more options would be available to Brazil… :(

  • http://twitter.com/teknomusik Chris Pittillo

    Finally! Been waiting for something like this for a long, long time. :)

  • http://twitter.com/teknomusik Chris Pittillo

    Finally! Been waiting for something like this for a long, long time. :)

  • http://www.adamtudor.com/ tudoradam

    Is there an Xbox Android app on the horizon? 

    • http://gowindowsgo.com Sam Sabri

      Why would they want to do that??! That would be like Apple putting out an iTunes app for Android or WP7. Makes no sense. 

  • http://twitter.com/Xcel Jorge Mundo

     ”exclusively on Windows Phone”… so all other phones are out of luck?

    • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

      It seems so.

    • http://www.adamtudor.com/ tudoradam

      Bit of a debatable tactic – release on windows phones only so everyone will go out and buy one!!

      Nope.  95%+ of the market already has a smart phone operating on another system, so they all just think *rubbish!* for not making it available on other systems.  Shutting out the market to tempt them to buy your products is not a viable selling strategy.  

      Distribution to wider networks, more apps on more phones, just like more consoles in more homes is a winning strategy,  Looking forward to a cross platform release of this soon.

      • ElektroDragon

        Keep dreaming…. its your own fault for following the herd and buying into inferior platforms.  WP7 FTW!

      • Don’t Really Care

        Why are the fAndroids so mad about everything?

        I used to like Android a lot and whats killing it for me are the idiot Android fanboys, who have surpassed iFans as the most annoying fanboys ever to exist.

        Both Google and Apple have eco-system exclusive apps… I don’t hear anyone bitching about it.  Everyone knows that Google Maps for Android is a far superiro product to any other Google Maps for any other mobile platform.  It would seem insane NOT to.

        On top of that, I don’t hear the fAndroid whiners addressing the fact that Google has blocked MS from integrating a native YouTube app into the WP7 OS.  How are you going to criticize MS for doing something similar?  Stupid.

        You want this ONE functionality that bad? Then ditch your Android phone and get on board w/ WP7.  If Android or iOS offered something that I HAD to have in my life, then I wouldn’t be using a WP7 handset.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

        To say that WP only has %5 of the market share is just grossly ignorant.  They have grown faster then any other phone OS.  Android will die out within the next few years.  This app alone can will make sure anyone with a 360 will at least look at the windows phone next time they are going to upgrade their phone.

      • http://www.adamtudor.com/ tudoradam

        Wow you guys really need to chill out! Have a cup of tea and relax maybe!

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

          Hey, you’re the one using exclamations. The rest of us are talking calmly with periods. But what’d you expect? You go to the premiere MS fan site and belittle a major product. Go to an iPhone site fan and bad mouth Apple TV. You’d get the same reaction.

      • http://twitter.com/TheFightSayeth the pugnacious fight

        lmao, so having an integrated ecosystem is a bad idea?  Meanwhile, on the fruitier side of things, there are iPhone, iPads, iMacs, iPods etc. 

        Realistically, more competition makes companies fight harder (see release better stuff) for your money.  Be happy that MS is becoming more relevant in the mobile space again. 

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

        That’s like expecting Apple to release iTunes for Android. Why would they release an exclusive feature on a competing platform?

        “95%+ of the market already has a smart phone operating on another system” That’s what everyone said about Android three years ago. It wasn’t very good. The market share was laughable. Slowly, surely, it improved. It didn’t really take off until Verizon put their marketing muscle behind it with the Droid.

        The lesson, things change very quickly in the mobile landscape.

  • http://twitter.com/The_Dukenator Mark

    On your 360, there is an option to disable this.  Its off by default.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=501334632 Michael Ratliff

    So, does this mean I can use my phone to start a movie/TV show in Netflix on my Xbox, or no?

  • http://conversations.nokia.com/ Adam Fraser

    Looking forward to trying this tomorrow.

  • Jeffrey Appell

    Yet another reason to own a Windows Phone.  Oh how I love my WP!

  • ElektroDragon

    So glad I just bought a WP7!  And this is awesome because my Titan phone understand my voice WAY better than the Kinect for some reason.

  • Aaron Rodriguez

    Can’t wait to try this out

  • http://zwolvesden.yolasite.com/my-words.php John H

    I want this. Can anyone tell me if the HTC Trophy is any good? Verizon would not say when they would be getting another WP :/

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hall/1398863631 Richard Hall

      I like my Trophy. Some other WPs out there have a few more bells and whistles, but VZW has the best network out there in my opinion. The strength of WP7 is the OS itself. You can’t go wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope this isn’t US only…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hall/1398863631 Richard Hall

    I’ve been waiting on this one! So psyched it comes out the same day as the update!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650880354 Alan Carmichael

    bring it on!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650880354 Alan Carmichael

    bring it on!!

  • Anonymous

    hi Larry, i know its not your thing but a few suggestion to pass on…

    - voice control via the companion app sans kinect.  windows phone uses the same TellMe technology and is very robust.

    - sling video to the phone from 360 via companion app.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kuulamiles Kuula Miles

    My Xbox 360 & WinPhone dont get along very well, I cant get any pics or music onto the 360 when I plug it in, hopefully this will change tomorrow.

    • Anonymous

      Right now, WP is locked down so it is not seen as a storage device by any type of computer.

      • http://twitter.com/ErR0rPr0n3 RDL

        There was a hack for this If I remember it’s a simple registry setting… Bing it.  As for the picture sharing, If you have a windows PC in your home that you use to sync your phone all of your pics should be there and shareable with your XBox  (That’s how I do it)  and I like being able to filter what gets shared rather than sharing everything.  I’m guessing they’ll have some cloud based sharing link-in here as well as some ability (depending on the phone) to use DLNA to shoot pics to the screen, but us normal people (non-beta) won’t know that till we get it.

      • http://twitter.com/ErR0rPr0n3 RDL

        There was a hack for this If I remember it’s a simple registry setting… Bing it.  As for the picture sharing, If you have a windows PC in your home that you use to sync your phone all of your pics should be there and shareable with your XBox  (That’s how I do it)  and I like being able to filter what gets shared rather than sharing everything.  I’m guessing they’ll have some cloud based sharing link-in here as well as some ability (depending on the phone) to use DLNA to shoot pics to the screen, but us normal people (non-beta) won’t know that till we get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kuulamiles Kuula Miles

    My Xbox 360 & WinPhone dont get along very well, I cant get any pics or music onto the 360 when I plug it in, hopefully this will change tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Would like to use the companion app to play media from my phone through the Xbox. This includes photo slideshows, videos and music.

    Would also like a DVR added to the Xbox (like windows media center) and the ability to watch recorded content on my phone. I mean watch from anywhere not just on my local WiFi network.

  • http://twitter.com/Zoomicon George Birbilis

    As usual all this content will stay US only (UK just has SkyTV for example) and many other countries get nothing (Greece for example doesn’t even get Indie games)

    • http://conversations.nokia.com/ Adam Fraser

      You can download the LOVEFiLM app now, so there’s something at least. However, it doesn’t appear to be the full movie library. Not useful for a LOVEFiLM member, like myself.

    • http://conversations.nokia.com/ Adam Fraser

      You can download the LOVEFiLM app now, so there’s something at least. However, it doesn’t appear to be the full movie library. Not useful for a LOVEFiLM member, like myself.

  • http://twitter.com/hizoka_darkwolf Hizoka Dark Wolf

    yeah, only in the USA…. great

  • http://twitter.com/Navarin Bennijin Turbo

    No sign of it on Mango Marketplace…

    (This can’t be US only, can it? How can being able to use my phone as a remote control be US only?)

  • http://twitter.com/DerFlatulator Lucas

    No love for Australia?

  • http://twitter.com/ErR0rPr0n3 RDL

    Have you calibrated your Kinect recently?  Maybe you have more ambient noise than when you first set it up.

  • http://twitter.com/ErR0rPr0n3 RDL

    There’s no love in the US (at least for me)  I’ve been loooooooooooking as time permits since midnight =(

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to this, but I don’t see it available for download. And while we’re talking Windows Phone 7, where is the Halo app ATLAS that was announced 2 months ago?

  • http://twitter.com/scrud360 Mark Murtagh

    Major can you tell us whether this App is US only please as nobody has cleared this up.
    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terron-Andrews/100000503074942 Terron Andrews

    I can’t find the App on the market place. Has it released yet? Or is there a time frame? Prob at the last possible Second
    Dec 6 2011 @ 11:59:59 PM PST ??

  • http://twitter.com/Mikglynn Mike Glynn

    Any news on this yet major?

  • Matt Sheedy

    whats goin on tht it cnt be realeased?? ppl have had it 4 weeks for beta testing and i havnt seen anything saying they have had problems. whats goin on???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matthew-Martin/1354085419 Matthew Martin

    whats the word major nelson, please dont keep us in the dark

  • Matt Sheedy

    y cnt they release it?? ppl have had it for weeks beta testing and i havent heard of any problems! whats goin on???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000328635160 Kenny TheBeast Cuevas

    can sum1 help me are we getting youtube today?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Last-Dominion/100002709596922 Last Dominion

      youtube wont be released until later in december, according to a press release I read earlier.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Xavier/100000542968660 Charles Xavier

    major nelson and microsoft should be ashamed of themselves for not holding to they’re word and lying to us

    • http://www.facebook.com/jayswanson42 Jay Swanson

      ok, you release a piece of software to 35 million people at once by yourself with absolutely no bugs

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure both people who own Windows phones will be very happy.  Any chance of an iOS app coming for the rest of the world? 

    • Brian Umholtz

      No chance. Sorry hipster.

      • Anonymous

        You realize iPhones outsell 360s by 3 to 1, right? MS 9/2011 report 360: 57 million worldwide, iPhone sales as of 9/2011 about 150 million worldwide.  

        iPhone, not just for hipsters anymore.

        • Anonymous

          And Windows outsells all Apple products combined, so what is your point?
          Phones and consoles are not the same thing, and if you think Windows Phone is doing so horribly, it might help to educate yourself on how fast the Lumia 800 is selling in Europe.

          • Anonymous

            My point is that calling people who own Phones hipsters is pretty ridiculous considering their wide appeal.

        • Nathan Ottenson

          I could see it happening at sometime but I’m pretty sure that MSFT is gonna try and use this to push WP exclusively for awhile.  No big deal cause I’ve got one and it’s way too awesome

        • Anonymous

          I think he meant.

          “No chance. Sorry Hipster.” Yeah…

        • Brian Umholtz

          You have just reinforced my point. It’s been a year and Mango added tons of functionality as a mere free download. You are buying an Apple phone for over $400 every year with mediocre improvements. But the commercials are nice… and condescending.

      • Anonymous

        Zing!

  • http://twitter.com/360isbeast dev

    it got sent out

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TIVDZHZ3ONKXNLUDRGM7U5VX7E wli101

      liar

  • Matt Sheedy

    about what time should all 35 million ppl have it??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Scott/100002662419459 Travis Scott

    has anyone found the app yet? looking everywhere no luck so far

    • http://www.facebook.com/AndrewDCarr Andrew Carr

      I dont think it was released.  At least its not on the marketplace site nor from my handset

  • Brian Umholtz

    This ought to be interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/datasmasher datasmasher

    Sad been waiting all day for the xbox companion app… looks like I will have to check manana….

  • http://www.facebook.com/RogerJoseph22 Roger Joseph

    Now that i am updated i can’t sign in to LIVE. Nice.

 

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