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Ahead of its big Xbox One launch later this week, Microsoft has released a new companion app for the console called ‘Xbox One SmartGlass.’ Microsoft says it’s “the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go.”

In the living room, the app will allow your iOS device to connect to your Xbox One console and do things like browse the web, navigate the dashboard, and control content. And on the go, the app will let you track achievements, messages and more…

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Here’s a breakdown of the app’s features:

– Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch
– Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control
– Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device
– Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions 
– Increase performance with faster connections and reliability
– Search, browse, and pin content to play on your Xbox One console 
– Track achievements, get game help, message friends, and watch game clips 

And here’s Microsoft demonstrating the app:

Obviously, they’re using a Surface tablet in the video, so features may vary a little bit, but you get the idea. I would say that the new SmartGlass app looks very similar to the previous version (for the Xbox 360) and a lot like Sony’s PS4 companion app.

The Xbox One goes on sale this Friday, starting at $499. And if you’re planning on picking one up, you’ll definitely want to check out this app. You can download the Xbox One SmartGlass app from the App Store, for the iPhone and iPad, for free.

So, who’s getting an Xbox One?

  • Gerardo Castro

    Waiting for Friday! I bought FIFA 14 today, and will be buying Dead Rising 3 Friday, my Xbox is being shipped to me.

  • Markus Hudobnik

    Damn expensive consoles. I got a ps4 last week and I realllllllly want the xbox one. And btw the ps4 companion app sucks.

  • Tyler

    Totally forgot these things were coming out and just bought an iPad air. I Would probs do it again cause GTA 5 will keep me content for a while.

  • Jimothy

    Screw it! C’mon guys, Wii U awaits us all!

  • J. Rockwell

    Now we just need some legendary games! I am getting the Xbox One on launch, but my thirst is still there due to lackluster launch titles.

  • Jo

    When I read the title of the article I thought it would have something to do with Google Glass.