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Microsoft launches Xbox Live app for iOS devices

by Steven Mostyn - Dec 8 2011, 05:36

Image: Microsoft/Flickr.

Following on from recent updates that brought voice-based TV navigation to the Kinect motion control peripheral and revamped the Xbox 360 UI, Microsoft has this week unveiled an Xbox Live app for Apple iOS devices.

Offered up on Wednesday, the mobile app is compatible with the iPhone, the iPad and iPod Touch and enables users to edit their 3D avatars and Live profiles, send messages and chat with friends, and receive content updates and Xbox-related news.

“This free app will allow you to stay connected to the Xbox Live community when you are away from your console,” enthused Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hyrb in an official blog post.

And, given that Microsoft is always looking to lure customers away from the competition, the app not only relies on an interface that lends from Windows Phone, it even comes with an interactive demo that lets users browse the Windows Phone experience from their iOS handsets. Cheeky.

The app is available as a free download via the official Apple App Store and requires a host platform supporting iOS version 4.3 or higher.

In related news, any Xbox 360 user looking to access the aforementioned console update will need to agree to Microsoft’s amended ‘Terms of Service’, which controversially prevent the launching of future class-action lawsuits.

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