Microsoft introduces Xbox SmartGlass for Windows Phone, iOS and Android, to accompany Windows 8 features

Daniel Bader

June 5, 2012 8:09am

Microsoft has introduced its latest attempt to take over the living room in Xbox SmartGlass. The platform combines the video game console with Windows 8-powered tablets and PCs, as well as companion apps for Windows Phone, iOS and Android. The idea is to use your mobile device, whatever the format, as an accompaniment to what’s happening on the Xbox-connected television.

For example, Microsoft gave the example of watching the popular series Game of Thrones through its HBO portal while using SmartGlass on a Windows Phone or Windows 8 tablet to browser maps of Westeros (the fictional world of GoT, if you’re unfamiliar).

SmartGlass will also act as a sort of AirPlay for consoles, allowing you to “fling” content from your tablet or phone to your PC or your Xbox, and vice versa. In other words, it allows for content sharing while on the same network. Think Windows 7 HomeShare but for live media, not just files. The potential for Windows Phone gaming is there, too, as it will allow for your device to be used as either a dedicated controller or a second screen, much like the Nintendo DS and 3DS have a second non-touch screen for referencing game media.

The company will have more details on SmartGlass in the months leading up to the release of Windows 8, so if you’re an Xbox user or future Windows 8 owner, stay tuned.

Source: CNET

  • Mike

    Hmmm.. seems interesting.

    • LeGarette Blount

      Will this be available for BB10?

      Also, when exactly is BB10 coming out? Before or after iPhone 5? SG3 is already out there now. Why is RIM waiting so long?

    • Alfredo

      You could always sell it on ebay. Gift cards on ebay go for the same as what they’re worth. Then use the cash for whveaetr you want. If not the $20 remote works good.

  • Omega

    The problem with these great pieces of technology is enticing game makers to make titles that amount to more than just tech demos.

    Because of their experience with PCs and developers, Microsoft is in the best position to realize a lot of the cross-device configurations.

    But it will take more than some trivial backpack functionality in the already saturated shooter market to make the technology stick.

  • ShadowFist23

    I’m struggling to think how I would ever actually use this.

  • Gab

    I feel its more marketing.

    You can already stream cross platform, even control your pc from your phone, and connect your phone and pc to a TV.

    Add in GOOD kinect controls for the tv/ computer would be a bonus.

    • anona

      Watch the unveil video. This isn’t just streaming. You can watch a video on your Tablet and pause it, then resume it in the exact same place on your Xbox. And you can control your xbox with your phone so you have a touch screen interface to use as a mouse and keyboard. Sure you can control your PC. But bringing this tech to a 7 year-old console is pretty cool.

  • Omis

    Why doesn’t Microsoft do the obvious money maker… Tvs with kinect integrated. No more searching for remotes or batteries dying on you. Future consoles can take advantage of it. They can work out deals for other consoles and set top boxes to access it.

    Instant billions.

  • Mark

    Where is Sony’s response to this? They have been huge advocates of DLNA, but the PS3 can’t even operate as a media server! I would love to fling content from my PC to my PS3 using my Sony Tablet, but that just doesn’t happen. Why not Sony? I would’ve expected you guys to come out with this waaay before MS. But I guess not… Perhaps it’s time to get an XBox 360…

    • Blackkey

      I dont think you understand… Its always time to by an Xbox 360…

      On the serious side, I think that both companies should have had this operational last year at the latest