Microsoft reveals more info on Xbox SmartGlass apps for Xbox One

Microsoft has already announced that the upcoming Xbox One game console will also link to new Xbox SmartGlass apps for various mobile platforms. Today, the company revealed more information on how those apps will add to the Xbox One game and entertainment experience.

Microsoft's Xbox Wire website has an in-house interview with Xbox Live General Manager Ron Pessner, who stated that the Xbox SmartGlass apps made specifically for the Xbox One will launch later this year for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android platforms. Because the Xbox One was designed from the ground up with Xbox SmartGlass in mind, Pessner claims that the connection speed from the app to the local console will be over three times as fast compared to the Xbox 360.

While many Xbox One games such as Dead Rising 3 will add new gameplay features via Xbox SmartGlass, Microsoft is also working with game developers to put in help files that can be accessed from the app. Pessner says, "This is done by game creators making a help manual that we then host in SmartGlass. 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."

Users can access Xbox SmartGlass apps while they are away from the Xbox One console to check on their friends, send and receive messages and more. The app can also serve as a remote control when watching TV with the console, with the ability to change channels and even control the TV's volume.

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"SmartGlass apps made specifically for the Xbox One will launch later this year for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android platforms"

This is why I love Microsoft, they respect all users regardless of their choice for mobile device. Unlike google who force people to use android or apple who force people to buy Mac.

dead.cell said,
That's because if they limited it to just the Windows Phone environment, they'd be shooting themselves in the foot...

Although its nice to have it on all platforms. it's not necessarily shooting themselves in the foot. its a way to make people buy windows tablet or phone. It could help real gamers who are not sure about Windows Phone or tablet definitely get one. although I am not suggesting they do that

S3P€hR said,
"SmartGlass apps made specifically for the Xbox One will launch later this year for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android platforms"

This is why I love Microsoft, they respect all users regardless of their choice for mobile device. Unlike google who force people to use android or apple who force people to buy Mac.

rofl do you really believe what you say ?

Microsoft with its really tiny market share in the mobile market has no choice but to support other devices. Make no mistake if Microsoft would have the market share of android those other devices would not be supported. Microsoft did prove this many times in the past.

I'm still waiting for mkv support from Microsoft btw ...

I really like Smartglass, but it's currently too limited. It sounds like they're definitely trying to address those limitations going forward. Very good news for sure.

-adrian- said,
i guess it is limited because they focused on the work ith xbone and not 360

Well, I think there were technical limitations with the 360 as well...

ill be happy if it just includes a users manual. Ive bought some games brand new that have no manual and then i have to go search for it online.