E3: SmartGlass to link Xbox 360 to Phones, Tablets

E3: SmartGlass to link Xbox 360 to Phones, Tablets

Xbox SmartGlass will allow users to link their Xbox 360 to their Windows phones and tablets.

Microsoft has announced a new streaming service for the Xbox 360, dubbed Xbox SmartGlass, which will allow users to stream content between their Xbox 360 and compatible Windows tablets and phones.

Unveiled at E3 2012, SmartGlass' lets users share movies on their tablets or phones to their Xbox console, letting them watch the show on a big TV while keeping other information on the tablet screen.

As well as working when watching videos, Microsoft says SmartGlass can be used for games too. A brief demonstration was shown in which a player used a tablet touchscreen to control team mates in Madden.

Already the system has drawn comparisons to Nintendo's Wii U GamePad controller - which is ironic considering Nintendo's own announcement earlier today.

Microsoft unveiled a number of other new features for the Xbox 360 as part of its E3 press conference, including that Internet Explorer would be coming to the console in the future. SmartGlass is confirmed to be compatible with Xbox's version of IE.

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samkiller42 4th June 2012, 21:25 Quote
SmartGlass is also compatible on iOS and Android, Looks like a good bit of kit. Can't wait to see how it works within games like Halo 4, the small glimps of it looked good, but more info would be great.

greypilgers 4th June 2012, 21:53 Quote
I'd just like to be able to easily stream video_ts folders with several .vob files within to my Xbox so I could use it as a proper media extender.
Bauul 5th June 2012, 19:12 Quote
This might not turn out to be actually very useful, but it's a big thumbs up from me for two reasons:

1) It's free
2) It works with Win, iOS and Android devices.

It's this kind of cross compatability that drives the industry and genuine plaudits to MS for taking this route.
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