A Afterpiece Lookat Xbox Smartglass – E3 2012
Microsoft’s audience affair of SmartGlass in activity appear new capacity and showed off some of its potential, both for media and gaming.
Second-screen gaming on SmartGlass. (Credit: asset3)
Xbox SmartGlass was one of the abandoned new technologies apparent by Microsoft at this year’s E3, but its abeyant as a additional awning — application your own smartphone or book active Windows 8, Android , or iOS — is fascinating. Xbox SmartGlass was accustomed in added detail in a blemish sessionthis evening, assuming off video, gaming, and alien ascendancy possibilities as able-bodied as active through approaching concepts. I got asclose as I could and took a few photos.
First off, a few things you shouldknow: Xbox SmartGlass isn’t absolutely advised for Xbox Live Gold members, but the apps and casework it works with advance it will be. Also, on-hand reps said that DVD second-screen functions haven’t yet been in thecards: video agreeable will charge to be either downloaded or app-streamed by apps that abutment SmartGlass. Windows 8 tablets will assignment with SmartGlass,but there currently aren’t any affairs to accomplish the account assignment with earlier Windows 7 tablets.
To assignment with a video, the agreeable or app will accept to be advised to interface with Xbox SmartGlass. Xbox Live has acquired admission to Paramount’s library of movies, and Paramount films could be amid the aboriginal to work. The cine School of Rock was apparent alive with SmartGlass, absence scenes and calling up biographical informationand accompanying videos.
Game of Thrones formed like the E3 keynote demo, affairs up ancestors copse and activated scrolling maps to augment the appearance itself. The acceleration of reaction, in the demo, amid affecting the additional awning and triggering playback on the TV was fast, seamless.
SmartGlass was additionally apparent alive with the accessible bold Ascend: New Gods , acting as a tiny map with activated appearance and icons. A approaching baseball gamecalled Home Run Stars was discussed as well, area one amateur would alarm up plays on a book while addition would angle in the air and beat a bat via Kinect. SmartGlass will assignment with up to four affiliated accessories at once, according to the reps, which suggests multi-player amateur with committed screens or controls.
The presentation was bright to explain that apps would be created on a case-by-case basis.The activity of developers forcreating means to assignment with SmartGlass will be the challenge, and to accept this blazon of technology be simple and accessible abundant for the boilerplate user. The app will be free, and while it sounds like an app that could accept adversity accepting accustomed by Apple for iOS, the reps on-hand articulate acutely assured that wouldn’t be the case, citation the absolute Xbox Live app and their accord with Apple.
SmartGlass active on a tablet.
Why not use an iPad and attending the web yourself for advice on an actor, or use approved controllers instead of SmartGlasscontrols? To some extent, it’s adamantine to adjudicator appropriate now in such an aboriginal stage. Also, the app will be free, and will assignment with abounding accessories best bodies already own.
Even if SmartGlass were aloof a able couple-of-trick pony, it would be a chargeless pony for anyone who already endemic an Xbox 360.
The SmartGlass app would accept asmall book size, back it’s a alive technology. What’s apparent on the book or buzz awning could be swapped with what’s on the large-screen TV, too.
It’s an aboriginal look, but SmartGlass looks bigger in being than it didon stage. It all depends on the apps.