SmartGlass for Xbox One is three times faster than on Xbox 360

SmartGlass is totally revamped on Xbox One versus Xbox 360. Because Xbox One was "designed from the group up with SmartGlass in mind," it will be about 3.5 times faster than it was on Xbox 360.

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SmartGlass is totally revamped on Xbox One versus Xbox 360. Because Xbox One was "designed from the group up with SmartGlass in mind," it will be about 3.5 times faster than it was on Xbox 360. The reason for this is the console's ability to directly communicate with your connected device, versus having to go through an intermediary server.

The new SmartGlass experience requires a new app, but it will be available across Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android. In addition, Xbox One will be able to support up to 16 SmartGlass devices simultaneously.

By using SmartGlass, you'll be able to access new features in a game. For example, Dead Rising 3 has exclusive missions that can only be accessed by using a connected device. However, something that should apply to every title is "Game Help." Microsoft's Ron Pessner explained the feature in a post on Xbox Wire: "During gameplay, SmartGlass follows your progress and knows exactly where you're at and where you're having trouble, so that when you hit the Help button you'll be given the tips you need."

Pessner believes that games can eventually use SmartGlass as a controller, due to the decreased latency of the application. However, "it has to be the right fit for the right game to use SmartGlass as a dedicated controller." It'll be interesting to see if SmartGlass will be able to one day usurp Nintendo's asymmetric play with Wii U.

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    September 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, SmartGlass for Xbox One is three times faster than on Xbox 360.

    SmartGlass is totally revamped on Xbox One versus Xbox 360. Because Xbox One was "designed from the group up with SmartGlass in mind," it will be about 3.5 times faster than it was on Xbox 360.

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      September 6, 2013 10:52 AM

      Not three times smarter? I am dissapoint.

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      September 6, 2013 11:16 AM

      As long as they open up the api to 3rd parties so that there's direct integration like Netflix. The current app is rather weak like that.

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      September 6, 2013 11:51 AM

      the current (lack of) speed is definitely a big part of why I don't use it much, a welcome improvement

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      September 6, 2013 11:58 AM

      i like smartglass, but never use it due to the speed and initial load time

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      September 6, 2013 12:00 PM

      If Smart glass doesn't become a second screen controller ala the Vita, M$ will officially be full of idiots.

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      September 6, 2013 2:40 PM

      Forza Horizon support was pretty bad. It worked but would async a lot. No explanations available.

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      September 7, 2013 12:19 AM

      The very least I expected out of MS Smart glass was that I would be able to punch in my credit card number and other pass codes on the Xbox 360 UI with my tablet. Didn't even get that.

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      September 7, 2013 12:22 AM

      I've still never seen SmartGlass being used, and I'm not even sure what it is, to be honest. I have the X-Box Live app on my iPad. Is that SmartGlass?

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        September 7, 2013 12:25 AM

        I use it as a second controller when I'm netflixing and I'm too lazy to get up and find a real controller. But that's about it.

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        September 7, 2013 2:36 AM

        Yes, the Xbox Live app was renamed SmartGlass some time ago. That's what it is.