Xbox Party Chat app now Released for Android and iOS

After teasing the Xbox 1 community with a beta back in December of 2017, Microsoft has now fully released the Xbox 1 mobile party chat app for both iOS and Android devices.

The app’s main purpose is to create a way to communicate with your Xbox Live friends even when you are away from your home and your Xbox 1. The app supports both texting and voice chat features, but is also a central hub for all of your gaming needs.

Microsoft saw an opportunity to create more than a texting and calling app when they decided to release their app. Tons of features have been added since it’s initial beta release and more are sure to come.

The app is not limited to chat functions either. With the new Xbox app you can see what games your friends are currently playing, you can watch footage of game-play and other content, and even buy games from the Xbox Live Marketplace on the go.

The app can also interact directly with your Xbox 1 gaming console while you are at home. If you install the app on your smartphone, you will be able to almost entirely control your console from the palm of your hand. Everyone has been watching Netflix or a movie on their Xbox only to set the controller down a little too fast and suddenly you are rewinding your show. Eliminate this problem by using your phone as a remote control for your Xbox’s media hub.

It’s not just the media hub you are able to control with your smartphone. You will be able to use your phone as a keyboard, preventing the need to buy expensive accessories. Navigation is made simple with the Xbox app, allowing touch controls to navigate all of your menus.

Whether you’ve missed online gaming invitations because you were away from your console, or just would like to have an alternate way to talk to your friends, head over to the iOS or Android stores and pick up the Xbox app for free.

Xbox One Gets an E3 Week Price Drop

Microsoft’s Xbox One S console is getting a $50 price cut — for the week of E3, at least. The discount is set to remain in effect from June 11 through June 17, according to gaming website IGN.

 

With the price drop, several models of the Xbox One S are selling as low as $249.99, all including a pack-in game. This differs quite substantially from the Xbox One’s original retail price. The console launched in November 2013 at the price of $499.99, and included an accessory that Microsoft has since unbundled — the Kinect camera.

 

At the time of writing, retailer Best Buy currently lists two discounted Xbox One S models: one that bundles popular title Minecraft, and another with first person shooter Battlefield 1. Each bundle also includes a controller.

 

The discount comes ahead of Microsoft’s E3 press conference, which takes place on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3PM eastern. In that conference, Microsoft is expected to unveil the next iteration of the Xbox One, currently code-named Project Scorpio, as well as release details on the system’s pricing. Xbox head Phil Spencer has said in the past that the console would launch at a “premium” price, though now that Microsoft has dropped the price of the original Xbox One several times, it’s unclear what exactly premium could mean when compared to the lower-priced option.

 

One thing is for certain; by dropping the Xbox One S model by $50 for the week, Microsoft has set off a firestorm of speculation on social news websites like Reddit, where Xbox One owners are reading into the lowered Xbox One S price as a sign of what Project Scorpio might cost.

 

“Big red flag that Scorpio will come in at $399,” said Reddit user Indiscretion, commenting on a story about the Xbox One S discount.

 

“If I was a betting man, my money would be on $499,” added user LaboratoryManiac.

 

Both will likely know the price of Project Scorpio very soon.