Matt Farrington-Smith
08/12/2011 12:15 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, Tech & Gadgets

Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone

Microsoft has released a new, free app that allows you to control your Xbox using your phone.

Xbox Companion lets you use your Windows Phone to connect and play content on your console. The free app gives Windows Phone users the power to search for movies, TV shows, music and games and play them on your Xbox 360.

The Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone. Control your Xbox 360. Image MSN

Meet the Xbox Companion

Here are a few key app highlights - watch the video below for more details and to see the app in action.

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.

See the app in action

How do I get it?

The Xbox Companion app is available to download now from the Windows Phone Marketplace or via Zune on your PC. An Xbox LIVE membership is required to use the app.

Microsoft have also made a barebones Xbox LIVE app available for iPhone and iPad.

The new Xbox 360 dashboard. The update is available now. Image MSN

Xbox 360 dashboard

On 6 December Microsoft released the brand new Xbox 360 dashboard. This update brings on-demand video from 40 entertainment providers to your console, along with voice search, downloadable apps and more.

More on MSN: New Xbox 360 dashboard

Both the Xbox Companion app and Xbox dashboard utilize the new Metro style interface as seen in the preview of Windows 8 and on Windows Phone.

Download the Xbox Companion app
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