My Xbox LIVE Update Allows You To Control Your Xbox 360 Remotely From Your iPad

My Xbox LIVE Update Allows You To Control Your Xbox 360 Remotely From Your iPad

No more buying batteries for your Xbox 360 remote.

Microsoft’s free My Xbox LIVE app for iOS just got a brand new update that introduces the ability to use your iPad as a remote control for your console. You can use it to navigate your way around the menus, control media playback, and to “find fresh entertainment” in the new Discover section.

My Xbox LIVE version 1.6 can be downloaded from the App Store now, and once installed, you’ll get some awesome new functionality on your iPad.

Use your iPad with your Xbox to connect, control and discover content on your console. Connect your iPad for access to a quick list of your most recent console activity. Control your content with play, pause, fast forward and rewind media controls. Find fresh entertainment to play in the new Discover section.

Setup is as easy as ensuring both your Xbox and your iPad are logged in to the same Xbox LIVE ID, and that “Xbox Companion” is enabled on your console. You don’t even need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, though the app does advise you to do this for a speedy connection.

My Xbox LIVE Update Allows You To Control Your Xbox 360 Remotely From Your iPad

You can’t play games with your iPad, not that you would want to anyway, but you can control apps like Netflix.

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  • joewaylo

    I wonder what the latency time would be over wifi compared to using the controllers. Apple TV has a moderate lag rate when streaming iDevice to HDTV if your WiFi router doesn’t pump hardcore.

  • Brian Gregory May

    There is some latency, joewaylo. The app is pretty cool. I like the design, and I like being able to switch from Skyrim to Netflix from my iPad with only one touch, without having to navigate through the menus with the controller. However, when I search for a movie on Netflix, you are not given a keyboard. You still have to hit the left/right buttons on the iPad to select each letter. I love where this is going, and there’s definitely room for improvement!

  • joewaylo

    I probably would wait before actually playing games with it. It would be annoying as pressing the jump button on a key moment for say you’re on a bridge with a hole, pressing it and nothing happens on time you die in the game.

  • Brian Gregory May

    I probably would wait before actually playing games with it. It would be annoying as pressing the jump button on a key moment for say you’re on a bridge with a hole, pressing it and nothing happens on time you die in the game.

    “You can’t play games with your iPad, not that you would want to anyway, but you can control apps like Netflix.”
    Even if you could play games, it wouldn’t be ideal because, as you mentioned, the latency, and you only have limited controls (no right/left triggers or buttons, no joysticks, etc.).

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