Microsoft reveals more on Xbox SmartGlass

Microsoft introduced Xbox SmartGlass at E3 in June, promising to link content from Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices to the Xbox 360 console. Today, the company revealed more information on the types of content that will use Xbox SmartGlass.

In a post on the company's official blog, Microsoft said that the app will allow tablet and smartphone owners to control their Xbox 360 remotely. It will also offer extra content to certain movies and TV shows. The blog states, "To give you one example of what you can expect, coming next season, HBO GO’s “Game of Thrones” will offer groundbreaking Xbox SmartGlass experiences."

It will also add content to a number of Xbox 360 games. The blog says:

Turn you phone or tablet into a virtual GPS in Forza: Horizon. Don’t stop the dance party in Dance Central 3 by going back to the menu to choose your next song. Instead, queue it up on your tablet or smartphone. In HomeRun Stars, use SmartGlass on your favorite device to throw a surprise pitch to your friend up at bat in front of Kinect. See detailed stats on how you are progressing in Halo 4, or check up on friends.

Xbox SmartGlass can also be used to control the new Internet Explorer for Xbox 360, discover and learn about new artists via Xbox Music and more.

The Xbox SmartGlass app will be available first for Windows 8 devices starting Friday, and later for Windows Phone 8 products. It will be released later for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7.5 products.

Source: Official Microsoft blog

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Last night while watching a movie on Netflix on my Xbox, I clicked on the SmartGlass tile on my Win8 Start screen, and it showed me background info of the movie that was playing.. Awesome!!! If this is what's the future of entertainment, I can't wait to see what will be in the next Xbox/Win8 update. Hopefully while playing Xbox music on my TV, I can see the lyrics on my phone or (Surface) tablet

I would like to be able to have this functionality with my own video's shot from my own camera. Will play to xbox work with a users own media... or do you have to pay to play....

jimmyfal said,
I would like to be able to have this functionality with my own video's shot from my own camera. Will play to xbox work with a users own media... or do you have to pay to play....

If the video player in windows 8 can play it, you can most likely just pull up the action bar and choose "play to xbox" - I was doing this just the other day with home videos from my Windows 8 tablet. Works great.

grr..... makes me want to get a W8 tablet, a Xbox and a new windows phone ;-)

MS is really betting on the whole interwoven experience, like Apple does/has. Time will tell if this will pay off, and customers understand it.

duddit2 said,
Still waiting for dashboard update, loosing patience now (although theres nothing I can really do about it)

Bing it... There is a way to force the update.

Perfect72 said,
Sucks it won't come to android for six months. I don't dislike the WP8, but I still prefer android.
Oh well. =/

Since you haven't fully seen WP8 and what is going to be available, your assessment of WP8 against what you like in Android might be premature.

When developers start dropping games that are Jaw dropping, and more native code software that can use features of the full NT Kernel stacks and Windows frameworks, I think Android will look fairly anemic.

thenetavenger said,

Since you haven't fully seen WP8 and what is going to be available, your assessment of WP8 against what you like in Android might be premature.

When developers start dropping games that are Jaw dropping, and more native code software that can use features of the full NT Kernel stacks and Windows frameworks, I think Android will look fairly anemic.

Likewise, you're comparing WP8 (unreleased) to a current version of Android. Look at Android version 2.3 and compare it to 4.0 and 4.1 - that also looks antiquated, so who knows what 4.3/5.0 will bring?
Compare what you know with what you know, not what you don't know.

Perfect72 said,
Sucks it won't come to android for six months. I don't dislike the WP8, but I still prefer android.
Oh well. =/

WHAT?! Oh that just sucks!

thenetavenger said,

Since you haven't fully seen WP8 and what is going to be available, your assessment of WP8 against what you like in Android might be premature.

When developers start dropping games that are Jaw dropping, and more native code software that can use features of the full NT Kernel stacks and Windows frameworks, I think Android will look fairly anemic.

Um....
I'll just quote myself here:
" I don't dislike the WP8, but I still prefer android."

I've checked out WP8, I like WP8, I stated that I didn't dislike it. That I preferred android.

Regardless, I still prefer android, as of now. I am allowed to prefer something, am I not?

Edited by Perfect72, Oct 23 2012, 2:15pm :

This stuff has endless possibilities, M$ are really making some great leaps forward when it comes to their development!!

It's very nice! Browsing IE on Xbox is much easier with my touch screen tablet, and they've made the whole experience smoother with this update (connects more quickly, easier to swap back and forth between Xbox Music/Video and SmartGlass, etc). If Xbox game and content devs fully take advantage of it, Xbox SmartGlass could be revolutionary.

mrdeezus said,
I don't see smartglass in the marketplace or on my windows 8 preview build 8400.

preview builds stopped receiving new apps a long time ago

The app is already available as of tonight... although you might have to go to your settings charm in the store, select app updates, and then manually check for updates.

I just used it to control my IE on the Xbox earlier today.

jhoff80 said,
The app is already available as of tonight... although you might have to go to your settings charm in the store, select app updates, and then manually check for updates.

I just used it to control my IE on the Xbox earlier today.

The Xbox SmartGlass app has been available for at least a week now. I've been playing with it for the last several days.

rfirth said,

The Xbox SmartGlass app has been available for at least a week now. I've been playing with it for the last several days.

It has been around for a couple of months. The last update or two added in more functionality.

(It was more like Xbox Companion previously, with less features for back and forth sharing, and SmartGlass features that integrate the experience.)