Monday, 4 June 2012

E3: SmartGlass Revealed

One of the many (and boy was there a lot...) app/service announcements from Microsoft at their E3 conference today was Xbox SmartGlass

The app unifies content across phones, tablets and the Xbox 360. As shown in a demonstration during the announcement, SmartGlass will allow you to seamlessly switch between a tablet or Xbox 360 whilst watching a film, allowing you to pick up where you left off on another screen. 

The demonstration also showed how SmartGlass can bring along some interactive content to TV shows such as Game of Thrones. In this instance, a map showing the current scenes location in the Game of Thrones world was shown on the tablet whilst the user watched an episode of Game of Thrones on their Xbox 360

It looks like games will be integrated with SmartGlass, as a preview of Halo 4's Waypoint feature was shown. With SmartGlass enabled, players will be able to access Waypoint on their tablet as they progress through the campaign. 

Also discussed as Internet Explorer, which will be introduced to the Xbox 360 shortly. 

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