My Xbox LIVE
One area where Microsoft has definitely proven to be far more successful than Apple is gaming. The Xbox 360 is, if not the most popular, then one of the most popular consoles out there. Nonetheless it’s a good thing to know that all iOS users can access their Xbox LIVE accounts via a standalone app.
Immediately after logging in, you will be presented with an introduction screen which quickly showcases the different screens and what you can access from them.
The entire app is divided into 5 main screens which you can easily scroll through with a horizontal swipe of a finger. Much like Bing, this app has a very Windows-Phone-like feeling to it which adds up to the overall fluidity of the app.
The first screen is “home”. From here you can view select news, questionnaires, articles and more gaming-related content. Not much to say here – just your typical home screen.
The second screen is called social. From here you can view and edit your avatar just like you would if you were on a console and you can also set game beacons, send and reply to messages, look at friends’ profiles and edit your profile info.
Next is the recent games screen. Personally, I would have just called this tab “Achievements”, but nevertheless the name is still fine. You can scroll through all your games and view your achievements as well as when you completed them. You can also compare your achievements to your friends’. There is also a small search button at the bottom of the screen to help you find what you’re looking for – you know – in case you have 100+ games.
The fourth screen is quickplay. It allows you to access and command your Xbox directly from your iOS device. You can play games, and even go to the menu at the bottom right side of the screen to access the controller feature which allows you to use your device as something similar to an Xbox remote.
The last tab is the discover tab. From here you can see the latest offers and discounts on movies, TV shows, and of course, games.