Xbox One SmartGlass 2.8 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)

Software giant Microsoft today pushed a nice little update to its Xbox One companion app for the iPhone and iPad, SmartGlass.

Version 2.8 is now available in the App Store, providing a handy new feature letting you buy and install Xbox games and other content remotely, from your iOS device.

Moreover, the application now supports in-app browsing of new and popular games, add-ons and bundles.

You can even rate your favorite Xbox game clips and activity feed entries, as well as view shared Activity Feed and Game Clips — all within the app. And in a future SmartGlass update due later this year, Microsoft will add ability to stream live TV locally to your iPhone or iPad…

Microsoft has confirmed the forthcoming live TV streaming feature in a blog post a week ago, which also detailed the just-released Xbox One firmware update with more than a dozen new features.

Rather unsurprisingly, Microsoft is calling this feature ‘Stream TV to SmartGlass’. It will launch first in the territories getting the new Xbox Digital TV Tuner (pictured below) for the console.

Xbox Digital TV Tuner (image 001)

With the SmartGlass for iOS, Xbox One owners will be able to stream live TV across a Wi-Fi network to their iPhones and iPads.

For those wondering, the tuner is not required for live TV streaming — its primary purpose is to allow non-HDMI boxes to be able to connect to the console.

DVR-like features will be supported by Stream TV to SmartGlass: you’ll be permitted to pause, play and rewind live TV as well as change channels on the fly, without interrupting gameplay on the Xbox One.

Xbox One SmartGlass 2.8 for iOS (iPad screenshot 001)

“This will work for SmartGlass apps on Windows, iOS, and Android,” confirmed the Windows maker.

As for the tuner add-on, it’s set to debut in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain in October of this year.

For those interested, here’s the latest August Xbox One update in action.

Xbox One SmartGlass 2.8 changelog:

  • Rate your favorite game clips and activity feed entries
  • Purchase things on your phone or tablet and they will start installing on your Xbox
  • Browse new and popular games, add-ons, and bundles
  • Receive and view shared Activity Feed and Game Clips
  • General stability and polish improvements
  • Bug fixes

Download Xbox One SmartGlass free in the App Store.

The 30-megabyte download requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad device compatible with iOS 6.0 or later.

  • iNeedANameHere

    I’m sure Sony will follow soon and update the Playstation app for the PS4

    • Luke Mulholland

      Playstation app already had this feature…

    • Nathan

      Sony has had this feature for nearly a year now… Microsoft was pretty late. Nintendo is just lost.

      • iNeedANameHere

        Didn’t realize this. Goes to show how often I use the PS4 app. Thanks for the info 🙂

  • Luke Mulholland

    Ive been installing games and apps on my ps4 via the playstation app since day 1…

  • @sexyhamthing

    Steam’s been doing this for a while

  • JayDee917

    Microsoft has been constantly updating the Xbox One with new features and better UI since launch. It’s seriously a media powerhouse where no other machine comes close, obviously other than a PC with the right hardware/software upgrades.

    Option to control by either voice, gestures, controller, or smartphone or tablet. I sometimes lose my tv or cable remote for days and don’t even miss it.

    • Weis

      The only thing the I give the Xbox One over PS4 is voice control. Hopefully PS4 gets update to match. Xbox. The voice control on Xbox One is way way more intergrated than it is on PS4 being able to open up apps whilst playing games simultaneously is pretty nice admit other than that PS4 all the way.

      • JayDee917

        Don’t forget the Xbox also has an HDMI-in and an IR blaster built into the Kinect. This gives it the capability to watch cable through your XB1, and turning it into a universal remote, and with the SmartGlass app, it turns your phone or tablet into a universal remote as well.

        The power of this is underrated, I walk into my room and say “Xbox On” and my XB1, TV AND cable box all turn on simultaneously.

        I can be in the middle of a game, say “Xbox watch ESPN” and it automatically pauses the game, switches to my cable, and changes the channel to ESPN. This is what next gen is.

      • Word.