Xbox SmartGlass announced to utilize mobile devices

Microsoft presented its SmartGlass functionality today at its E3 press briefing, showing how smart devices can be used to interact with movies, games, and Web browsing.

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At its E3 media briefing, Microsoft announced a new initiative to use smart phone functionality in concert with the Xbox 360. Titled "SmartGlass," the demonstration showed it being used for entertainment features, game integration, and Internet browsing.

The briefing showed how a movie can be sent from a tablet to your Xbox 360 to continue watching, at which point the tablet becomes an info hub for the show or movie you're watching. It can also provide more interactive features, like serving as a map of Westeros while watching A Game of Thrones. For games, it was shown using the tablet for play commands in Madden, and unlocking technical schematics for a ship in Halo 4. The company is also adding web browsing through Internet Explorer, with controls handled through the smart device.

Microsoft said the functionality will work with any smart device, but accented its use on the Windows Phone 8. The SmartGlass functions are expected to launch this fall.

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    June 4, 2012 10:29 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Xbox SmartGlass announced to utilize mobile devices.

    Microsoft presented its SmartGlass functionality today at its E3 press briefing, showing how smart devices can be used to interact with movies, games, and Web browsing.

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      June 5, 2012 12:11 AM

      I see a great, pile of steaming fail in SmartGlasses future. What is the use of controlling a game with your phone? Do I really want to be distracted with interactive content while I'm watching a movie or show? MS must think people love to be bombarded with data and sensory stimuli.

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        June 5, 2012 12:54 AM

        The only good use I can see would be on shows like Game of Thrones, where I could pull up something like the HBOGo interactive features showing the lineages of different families as I'm watching the show.

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        June 5, 2012 5:13 AM

        Microsofts answer to the Wii U, PS3 Vita combo and second screen. I really think it's a great idea and tend to look at my phone and ipad a lot while I play, it's not uncommon for a lot of people I know. When I was streaming the press conferences yesterday On my Ipad I had it proped up next to my tv so I could play minecraft at the same time. Although from a psychological prespective I doubt that's a healthy habbit, all that sensory input without actually focusing on anything but second screen seems to be where we're going.