Xbox 360 getting tablet features at E3 - Report

Examiner reports "Xbox Smart Glass" will let players stream media, control system remotely, available on multiple operating systems.

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The next generation of game consoles already has a tablet with the Wii U controller, but a report this week suggests this generation is getting one of its own, specifically for the Xbox 360. The Examiner reports that Microsoft will reveal its "Xbox Smart Glass" tablet at the Electronic Entertainment Expo this coming week.

Smart Glass will apparently be available for tablets of all kinds. Photo credit: Examiner.com

The report includes a picture of a tablet with a Windows logo on it featuring an "Xbox Smart Glass" branding and credits Microsoft for the photo. It also suggests that the Xbox 360 maker will show off the tablet in behind-closed-doors presentations, but adds that a demo clip will be shown at E3 (presumably at Microsoft's Monday-morning media briefing) with no live video.

According to The Examiner, the Smart Glass will let players control the Xbox 360 and use it to access Xbox Live apps like Netflix or stream video between the tablet, a TV, desktop PC, or other devices. The functionality of the tablet will also apparently be available in apps for other devices, as the report says it "will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS."

In January, Microsoft filed a trademark for the term "Smart Glass" covering "computer hardware and software for phones, mobile devices, televisions, video game consoles, media players, and audiovisual devices."

As of press time, a Microsoft representative had not responded to a request for comment. For more, watch GameSpot's live stream of Microsoft's E3 media briefing Monday, June 4. at 9:30 a.m. PST.

Discussion

196 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

There's obviously some copying of Nintendo's Wii U going on here, but there's also some copying from Apple too.

 

Microsoft is finally starting to see all their different offerings as part of one universe, and they're trying to make sure that everything -- desktop PCs, mobile phones, tablets, and XBOX 360 -- can be interconnected within the Microsoft ecosystem.  Granted, if they had done this earlier, we wouldn't be talking about Apple in the way that we do.

 

To be honest, this has been one of Sony's biggest failings as well.  They have televisions, radios, game systems, and music and movie studios, but they haven't always worked together.  Up until recently, there hasn't been any advantage to watching a Sony movie on a Sony TV, and even now, the advantages are largely undone by all the DRM and restrictions that Sony places on their content.  If I rent a movie from the PlayStation store, why can't I watch it on my Bravia TV, PS3, PSP or PS Vita?

 

Anyways, I suspect that going forward, everything that Microsoft does will link to something that they're already doing.  And it will be all Metro all the time.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

The short sighted comments all over this article realize surprise me.

Patchezs
Patchezs

Everybody here should check out the latest on Windows 8; this isn't actually that surprising a move for Microsoft. This no doubt is going to tie into tablet-desktop dynamic going on there.

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Can you say Wii-U? Only more like Peeyoo!

kvan33
kvan33

...and NIntendo's crappy ideas continue to infect the rest of the game market.

banana23man
banana23man

Gimmick after gimmick... Why can't companies see that gamers dont need these junks, we need real games. This generation is riddled with failed gimmicks and crappy games. Remember the ps2 days when all we had were the console, the controllers and great games?

PlatinumWolfe
PlatinumWolfe

Um.....yea I don't really see the use in this.

mrcharrio
mrcharrio

Wow, talk about a crap idea. Not blatantly copying Nintendo's tablet at all. The only hope i can have is that they wont pull some crap like you NEED this piece of junk to play games with. I already HATE the current Kinect trash, all we need is more useless items.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I'm trying to figure out why I will use this.

 

I already have Xfinity and HBOGO apps for my iPad, so.....

oskuuu
oskuuu

ffs.. if i wanted a tablet i would buy one. Xbox Smart Glass my a** =/

Blue-Sky
Blue-Sky

Windows 8? Microsoft have been eyeing tablets for quite some time ever since Apple gained serious ground in mobile OS. Nintendo influenced their entry motion control, but this? I don't see the resemblance other than the word "tablet" 

grbolivar
grbolivar

These guys @Microsoft just sit quietly waiting for Nintendo's Ideas to copy...

SirNormanislost
SirNormanislost

buying an addon to be able to do this stuff seems a little pointless with the next gen not that far away (depending on its price)

 

but being able to use my iphone to do it is quite interesting

 

Tazzman1000
Tazzman1000

I think this will be an I-pad with microsoft labled on it instead. I think it's a good idea, i mean who doesn't want a device which you can work and play games on.

Anubus316
Anubus316

this reminds me of Sega with the Genasis, instead of releasing a new system ther only adding on whats popular.

kuda001
kuda001

I guess it's nice to have that as an optional item. I wonder what Nintendo will think of this...

Deingerous
Deingerous

if its their first entry in the tablet space well good for them, if its another 360 peripheral well... its abit too late for that why not release it with nexbox instead, im sure its "cool" and all but we all know this gen is going away soon, why add another add-on just give us more games and do any major hardware releases with the nexbox

HOTDAM6969
HOTDAM6969

Flat out stupid idea, i will watch the live video feed, and im 100% sure without a doubt i will watch it and think that the tablet will just be another gimmick. Don't even see why anyone would want this even if its just an app and not a whole separate brand new tablet. if it is a brand new tablet well then if you buy it you are a complete idiot, especially if you are one of the people that complained about the PS3 costing a lot a launch. If they do this a new app would be the only smart way to go and it would have to be free or dirt cheap. non the less I stand to my first point, this is a stupid idea. 

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Funny how when Apple does it, people line up a day before, and then even buy version 2, 3, and 4, all overpriced compared to competition, and still don't see the irony in it.

 

Then, Microsoft comes out with something new and the town grabs their pitchforks and heads for the tower in order to burn Microsoft down.

 

All this is is a business move to unify the PC, Windows Phone, Xbox, and Tablet.  Personally, I think it's a great idea.  And obviously you won't need the new device to play Xbox, it's just something else to use at home (or possibly while not at home?).

 

 

adders99
adders99

im guessing this means there may not be news of a new xbox coming because otherwise you would think they would put all their effort into hyping that...

garyperson
garyperson

You got to give them credit microsoft knows how to market & kill others thunder!

krishnaV_
krishnaV_

I'd wanna wait for the presentation before we draw to any conclusions.. But so far this does seem dumb.

yavix
yavix

Sorry but this seems kinda stupid to me. They'll want you to buy this, than in a couple years they'll want you to buy the Nextbox. By then the tablet probably will be behind, and they'll have a new one to coincide with the Nextbox's release date, just watch.

steelmouth
steelmouth

So is this like a stand alone tablet that can be used independent of the x360,or is it some kinda x360 add on

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

Gosh first Sony and now microsoft copying Nintendo. What's next? Aliens copying all three?

powerhungryfool
powerhungryfool

Nice to see they will be supporting Android and IOS. I am surprised considering they are in competition with them.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

I think people are missing a some key info here. There are TWO main points! first this is NOT an xbox tablet!!!

They are going to debut a WINDOWS table. that has been rumored for some time. The WINDOWS tablet is running the XBOX APP. an APP that will be avalible on OTHER tablets as well. you do NOT have to buy a NEW table to use "smart glass". the article says they will have a smart glass app that you can run on your existing tablet!

 

 

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

this is BRILLIANT! Nintendo has put all the R&D into making a custom tablet that their new console will center around. With one tiny little app any one can do the same thing with the tablet they ALREADY own. Hey buy a ipad or Samsug Galazy and control your 360 and ALL the thing the tablets can do, or buy a wii U tablet and.... look at your zelda map in your lap... and video chat.

I am not saying the Wii U or tablet will suck. But Microsoft just turned 5 years of R&D into a app for any tablet... I think thats brillant. it bassicly undermines Nintendo main selling point. I think about it. Tablet are the faster growing sector of electronic. I can already tunnel into my PC with my tablet and control my desktop with a virtual one. no reason why we coulntly do it for the 360.

 

I am TRULLY impressed. I hope sony follows suit as well. You can already tunnel into the your ps3 with your psp and vita. no reason no to be able to it with a tablet. Execpt that SONY HATES samsung and apple. those two companies are the reason for Sony's demise. Sony wants no part of either of them, so I really dony see them making an app for a ipad, but maybe for andriod.

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

 @mrcharrio I know you're being sarcastic, but you're right. This is indeed NOT copying Nintendo's controller! You know why? Because it's not a tablet! It's a Wii U GamePad that is honestly NOTHING like a tablet besides having a touchscreen.

musalala
musalala

 @kuda001  LOL nintendo will be PISSSED..lookout for sony releasing a similar gadget must say  at least Microsoft attempt to pretend to be original, sony outright copies >>>cough playstation wand cough<<<

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

 @HOTDAM6969 I would like to agree with everything you said but then again, I had similar feelings about the Kinect. Of course, I already knew then as I do now that while it's not something that's going to appeal to core gamers for a long time (they'll eventually make use of it even if it takes 10 years), there's still probably a 40% segment of the population that's going to say "Wow, cool!" and buy it anyway.

 

I'm not sure how this will compare to the Kinect though. I'll have to wait until they actually release information, particularly a price point. There's actually a good chance that this could be a pretty good tablet that comes at a good price because it's a console peripheral.

Kilpers13
Kilpers13

 @Landsharkk Exactly and well put! - I've been thinking this for years.  Rather than burn MS or Sony at the first hurdle, let's just sit back and see what they have for us.  

Foppe
Foppe

 @blackwingzero And Nintendo copied the idea from the Dreamcast controller, your point is?

 

powerhungryfool
powerhungryfool

 @blackwingzero

 Be careful who you point fingers at over who stole from who. All three are constantly taking and improving the competition's achievements.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

 @HaloPimp978  you have no idea what your talking about. Nineteno based their entire system around this table idea. Microsft didnt copy them. They made Nintendo's entire console IRRELEVANT with one little software APP!

banana23man
banana23man

 @Cozm1kaos sure but the last gen was definitely way better. And if you've watched the E3 press conference for M$, you'd see where their focus lie. I mean, almost half the conference was devoted to forcing kinect down people's throats, what with movie, music and even a fitness program (which IMO is quite absurd).

Kenshin0011
Kenshin0011

 @musalala This is NOT copying Nintendo's controller! You know why? Because it's not a tablet! The Wii U GamePad is honestly NOTHING like a tablet besides having a touchscreen.

SaintGeorge14
SaintGeorge14

You mean like motion gaming with Playstation 2's Eyetoy? Yeah, that must've been Sony's attempt to preemptively copy Kinect and the Wii... before they were even designed. Heheh.

Tazzman1000
Tazzman1000

 @musalala

 Nah they did pretty much steal their controller, so i think they'll just call it even XD.

Dudeman315
Dudeman315

@Landsharkk Actually the i-Pad was cheaper than the competition for along time and had more features, the cheaper competitors only came out after the i-pad 2 was already out.

Geisn
Geisn

 @Foppe Copied the Dreamcast controller. Where is the VMU? His point is that Nintendo established way much more things than Sony and Microsoft together. Especially Microsoft is a bad joke (wo wonder it's only selling in the USA, lol). Wanna here some examples? Here we go: Nintendo established the analog stick, rumble function, L+R buttons, motion controls and so on and so on. Guess you didn't know that and you just started to play videogames a few month ago, lol. 

powerhungryfool
powerhungryfool

 @inaka_robNot really considering that this app doesn't do anything to alter gameplay in any ways. If anything, it is further changing Xbox into an all around media hub, which is pretty smart. Nintendo on the other hand isn't really serious about adding alternative media capabilities and is focused on producing a fairly dedicated gaming device. As to which strategy will be more successful...it isn't fair to make a prediction yet. If we look at this current gen, it looks as if Nintendo's strategy is superior but in MS' and Sony's defense, they weren't really media hubs at the beginning of the gen but really are moreso now because of how far they have evolved. I'm interested in seeing which strategy is more successful although I must admit, I am more inclined to believe that most people don't buy a console for multimedia functions so I do not see this app playing doing much for Xbox but that is only my opinion.

 

fightingfish18
fightingfish18

 @xxYetterxx Yeah, cause the Wii hasn't sold 96,000,000 units or anything...  The PS2 didn't sell 120+ million units at all either ;)  As for total units shipped, the PS3 is only like 3,000,000 behind M$, so it's not that huge of a difference.  I personally own both a 360 and a PS3, so no I'm not fanboy raging.

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

 @banana23man Not absurd at all.  There is a reason why xbox is the best selling console worldwide.  MSFT has gone to great lengths to expand their customer base and appeal to people who aren't like you and I.  And frankly this year's press conference was much more AAA game centric than the last two years of E3