Microsoft, via Xbox Live evangelist Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, has just announced the immediate release of the company's first Xbox Live iOS app, My Xbox Live [Free]. It's a free app that basically acts as a mobile companion to some of the more important aspects of the service. You can read and send messages to anyone on your Friend's List, manage that list or invite new people onto it, edit your profile, gander at all of your hard-earned achievements, or even mess with your Avatar's apparel.

Our time with My Xbox Live has been pretty limited so far, but we're pretty pleased with its presentation and how silky smooth the menu-to-menu navigation is on our iPhone 4S. What's especially tickling us is how it plays all those wonderful little dashboard sounds we've come to love, too.

If you're into the idea of having a mobile version of your Live dashboard in your pocket, this is probably something you need to check out. The zero dollar thing makes that pretty easy to do. Also, it's Universal.

  • Anonymous

    I think the idea is awesome. Basically includes free texts that also show up on your xbox because of the messaging option!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome. Glad to see Microsoft doing this. Hopefully this will push Sony to do a similar thing, and Nintendo as well. Also, Sony, please make the XMB more modern.

    And also, Sony, please make it unnecessary for auto-login to be enabled in order to automatically upload your save games to PS Plus. That defeats the whole purpose of the auto-upload when you've got multiple user accounts on a playstation.

    • Mike Cramer

      Sony totally reads this blog and it's comments...

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  • Harry Mar

    Pretty much the Xbox Live hub from Windows Phone, minus the LIVE games.

  • Ben Nelson

    Has anyone gotten this to work? I'm having difficulty.

    And it's just a web browser to an xbox.com page. Kinda disappointing, but then again so are a lot of other apps.

    • http://twitter.com/volcanopele Jason Perry

      It took the third log-in attempt, but I've gotten it to work on my iPad.  As far as being just a web browser... yes, it basically is the content you find on the Xbox.com page, but in a nice, Metro-y, touch-friendly interface.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      It's not a web browser at all, it's a client that draws info from the web. Big difference.

  • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

    GUI standards exist for a reason, so to see a big developer like Microsoft completely disregard them just to show people Windows Phone's Metro interface is pretty obnoxious.  People rightly criticized Apple when they made iTunes for Windows look like a Mac app, and the same applies to Microsoft. iOS apps should look like iOS apps. Simple as that.

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      I disagree. iOS standards are a good start if your company doesn't have a style, but no one says you have to follow them strictly, and Microsoft knows it's personality. You can stand out from the crowd that way.

      It still has the bottom toolbar, and usual swiping actions, so an iOS user already knows how to use it.

      Thank god for not stifling the tiny morsel of creativity Microsoft has. Don't be so metro, dude.

      • Joshua Weaver

        Well said. And I'm not even a big microsoft fan either.

      • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

        If everyone did that the app store would have hundreds of thousands of different interfaces. The reason standards exist is to create a consistent experience which is both easy to pick up, and familiar.
        This is very basic stuff for anyone who has worked with UI design before, and MS are surely using this primarily as a way to show iOS users Metro, in the hope they'll be impressed and buy into Windows Phone.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adas-Weber/622729281 Adas Weber

        So what? If it gets iOS users switching to WP7 then it's a job well done by MS.

        Either way, I think it's good that MS went with the Metro look because it matches the XBox look.

  • Anonymous

    It is orientated not oriented.Oriented is pertaining to the Orient and orientated has a totally different meaning you retarded Yank.

    • http://twitter.com/tootiegooch tootiegooch

      Let me guess... someone stole your sweetroll

    • Anonymous

      Orientated is a British word, according to Merriam-Webster.  Language changes constantly, and by American academic standards, it's correct to say "oriented."  Also, as an American I was unaware that the British refer to us as yanks, as Southerners here call Northerners "yankees" (but never for insults on linguistics, as the stereotype holds that Southerners are uneducated/outdated).  If you're looking to insult someone, ideally the person should feel insulted rather than confused.

      • http://www.facebook.com/HOUND365 Mike Williams

        look im not really sure how i ended up being so iterested in this conversation you fine folks are having,but :Exhumed91:your exactly right!its just that some fine folks just cant be helped from being born stuppid!!!  thanks for the ears, ill read again now im sure of that,  newby [ HOUNDDOGG319] out.......

  • Anonymous

    FFS

  • Anonymous

    i wonder how long it will take them to fill those pages with ads, just like their console version, even for those who just love paying the extra fee for having the gold service.

    anywho, i like my xbox/ps3/wii, but the whole live dashboard i find to be disgusting in navigation, seems they dumped it all for the new update to make more room for bigger commercials.  to reward all their paying shee...customers.

  • gee

    great, about time :)