My Xbox Live update brings remote control options to iPad

Microsoft has issued an update to the ‘My Xbox Live’ app which enables users to control their Xbox 360 games console on their iPad.

Version 1.6 of the app brings iPad owners on a par with iPhone users, enabling them to power up certain apps on the Xbox (such as Netflix) and then control the app without resorting to the dedicated console controller.

The app can also display supplementary information for some apps, such as film synopses, and the update also brings a ‘Discover’ tab which gives users a glimpse at what’s new on the Xbox Dashboard (such as new game demos, TV shows etc).

When the app launched last December, it was limited to basic functions like the browsing of content available on Xbox LIVE, access to friend lists and message editing (all within the app itself – there was no way of controlling the Xbox console).

Version 1.5, released in June, brought Xbox Companion remote control functionality to the iPhone, as well as high-resolution image support for the iPad.

This latest version will be welcome to iPad owners, but is just a taste of things to come when the highly anticipated SmartGlass app launches for a range of devices this autumn (more details here).

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