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December 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Xbox on the iPad, blue moon next?

Yes, it’s true. You can now get Xbox Live on the iPad.

Microsoft quietly released the first official Xbox Live app for Apple iOS devices today, alongside the big upgrade to the Xbox dashboard. The Apple app appeared simultaneously with a new companion app for Windows Phone devices that turns them into remote controls for an Xbox.

The companion app does more and better tricks, but there’s some novelty to having Xbox Live running on an Apple device.

The app displays recently played games and achievements and works with the new “beacon” service for setting up online matches. So far you can’t actually play games in the app, which uses its home screen for promotional videos.

Nor can you buy games or renew service through the app, so Apple’s not going to collect its 30 percent toll from Microsoft.

But Microsoft did slip its Xbox Live messaging system into the app, so you can use an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch to send messages for free to your friends on Xbox Live.

Here’s a look at the app on an iPad:

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Another way to send messages with the iPad:

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Recent games and achievements can be viewed, perhaps enticing you to put down the iPad and get back to the games:

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