Xbox 360 owners who also have an iOS device may just find that their iPhone or iPad is their console’s new best friend. Xbox SmartGlass is a free app from Microsoft that enables you to turn your iOS device into a tool to interact with and control your Xbox 360, and the latest version of the app sees the addition of a raft of new features and some serious improvements that mean that this is one tool that is well worth checking out.
If you’re one of the many people who use their Xbox to watch videos, whether they are stored on a network device or streamed through one of the various supported services, you can use your iOS device to control playback instead of having to work with the occasionally cumbersome controller. When you’re browsing through your media collection, you can also take advantage of an onscreen keyboard rather than having to battle with the fiddly stick controlled input you are expected to use normally.
This onscreen keyboard also comes in handy when you browse the internet through your console, as well as when you use it to message your online friends. Xbox SmartGlass provides access to your Xbox profile, making it possible to make changes to it including editing your 3D avatar using an interface that is quite impressive to work with.
Media is an important part of the Xbox’s value, and in addition to controlling playback with your iOS device, the app can also be used to browse through the catalog of video, music and games. But Xbox 260 is also about gaming, and achievements have become increasingly important. Xbox SmartGlass can be used to check your achievements at any time and, for the competitive, see how you are doing when compared to your friends. Interactive, second-screen elements are also promised for a range of shows and titles – keep an eye on new releases for details.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the Xbox SmartGlass review page.