There will soon be another way to navigate around your Xbox 360, or a part of it at least. You know, just in case you’ve broken all your Xbox 360 controllers and remotes.
An upcoming Windows Phone 7 app — the Xbox Companion App — will allow users to browse Xbox Live Marketplace. Here’s what it’ll do, according to the official MS blog:
Finding Content: Just like on your Xbox, the Xbox 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 infinite road 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.
Watch the video below for the upcoming dash update to quickly see some youngsters make use of it.
The video also shows content from another announcement Microsoft’s made; they’re bringing “nearly 40 world class TV and entertainment providers” to Live, starting this holiday. Grab the full list on Major Nelson’s blog here.