Microsoft is releasing an Xbox Live Indie Games Companion app for Windows Phone 7 which will make it easier for Windows Phone users to browse the Xbox Indie Marketplace, rate games and even install the selected games on your console without touching your controller.
The XBLIG companion works by scraping the RSS feeds of XboxIndies.com, as well as the XML and CSV data for all of the games.
The collection of picks comes from two blogs covering the XBLIG community: IndieGamerChick.com and ArmlessOctopus.com. In addition to this, the developers will be polled on a frequent basis to promote the games they feel best belong on the program as well, thereby generating the â€œdevs picksâ€ section.
Once a title is clicked on, all of the developerâ€™s information from the Xbox LIVE marketplace is carried over, including screen shots, cover art, and a brief summary.
Clicking the marketplace link will bring you directly to Microsoftâ€™s LIVE marketplace, where you will have the ability to purchase the XBLIG of your choice by logging into your LIVE account. From there, you can remotely activate your Xbox, and the title will be downloaded and installed automatically to your console.
The app is currently in beta, and was been rolled out to select testers earlier this week. The app should also eventually come to other platforms.
Read more about the app at davidvoyles.wordpress.com.