Forza Horizon's SmartGlass application, promised as one of the first to be supported in Microsoft's new initiative, has launched today. It's available now on Windows 8 PCs, and adds an interactive map of Colorado that interfaces with the game.
Players can pinch and zoom in SmartGlass to explore the map, and tap to set waypoints that will then be automatically routed in the game. You can also use the map to find special items, like the upgrade discount signs and race events. You can filter by content type on the map to find events easily, and play the full game without pausing to look at your map.
Others listed among the early SmartGlass-linked applications include Halo Waypoint, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and video apps like ESPN, NBA Game Time, UFC, the Elections 2012 app, HBO Go, MSN, NBC News, NOW TV, Slacker Radio, Today, and Univision.
Steve Watts posted a new article, Forza Horizon SmartGlass app now available.
Forza Horizon has launched its SmartGlass experience, letting you access a map from the second screen to filter content types and set waypoints.
Pretty cool for this type of game... adds to the immersion if you think about it. You can now have a GPS unit in your cockpit, sitting alongside your steering wheel/pedal setup.
Well, this puts a little damper on the WIi U.
I heard there was an android version but the GPS functionality was broken or missing.
I wonder when the iOS app is coming.
"Although the Forza Horizon support for SmartGlass is exclusive to Win 8 right now, expect to see other platforms added soon as well."
They are going to support all the platforms: place holders are already up
Hmmm if I install Win 8 I could use one of my screens as a massive map? I guess I need a tablet or just use my phone(once the app is out) and just through the map once I make checkpoint or what ever and then fling it to my big screen.
I think the tablet with the HDMI out could be best to have it in real time not sure the other way would work.
Really interesting to me the coolest thing is to use my other two monitors as menus info etc while my center screen I play with out interruption and just manipulate my tablet(s) playing like I do with multi screen PC gaming. Its a better concept than the WiiU(I don't want to look at the tablet) I am just not sure how many games will support SmartGlass.
Just think a tablet could control two big screens or have two tablets controlling a screen a piece for the same game. Having two more screens of info could be very cool if done right. You could have a clean UI. This idea may be too much and multi screen syndrome setting in but I would love it to juice up my consoles.
* The kicker is I would not have to look at my tablets screen I would use my two other big screens my tablets would be another controller with the center playing my game regular = HOT