Xbox One SmartGlass support detailed

Microsoft says new app will be faster and more feature-rich than Xbox 360 counterpart.

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The new SmartGlass application for the Xbox One will be faster and more feature-laden than its Xbox 360 counterpart, Microsoft said today in a new Xbox Wire post detailing the app and its functionality.

The free SmartGlass app for the Xbox One is separate from the currently available app for the Xbox 360. It will be available this holiday for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices.

Microsoft explained that SmartGlass for the Xbox One is "maturing," with the system designed from the beginning with SmartGlass in mind. The first change gamers will notice is the difference in speed compared to the Xbox 360 SmartGlass app, Microsoft said.

On average, it will take about four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize a user's Xbox One and create a connection. Generally speaking, the new SmartGlass app is 3.5 times faster on the Xbox One than the Xbox 360.

Microsoft said for SmartGlass on the Xbox 360, the app had to bounce back and forth between a datacenter that could be "halfway around the world." For the Xbox One, SmartGlass will talk directly with the Xbox One over Wi-Fi or LAN.

Players will also be able to handle matchmaking using the SmartGlass app on the Xbox One. Users can begin matchmaking for a multiplayer session through SmartGlass while they are in the middle of a game or application through the console.

Microsoft has also expanded the number of devices that can be connected to the Xbox One, bumping the figure from four on the Xbox 360 to 16 for the next-generation console. Microsoft said an "interesting implementation" of this would be a poker game with friends or an MMORPG where numerous users can play together at once.

SmartGlass on the Xbox One will also include a new Game Help option that is aimed at players who may be stuck in a game and need assistance. By tapping the Help button, SmartGlass is able to offer guides or help. This will only work if developers create help manuals that Microsoft will then host in SmartGlass. It was not announced which games will support the Help option at launch.

While gamers are away from their Xbox Ones, they can use SmartGlass to send and receive messages, check Achievements, and track what friends are playing or doing. SmartGlass on the Xbox One will also host user-created Game DVR clips that players can watch on the go.

Lastly, SmartGlass for the Xbox One will serve as a remote control when interacting with TV through the system. Users can change channels and control volume using the app. The Xbox One's new OneGuide--a compilation of what's on TV, favorite channels, and streaming options--will also be supported through SmartGlass.

"So when you're fighting over the remote or what to watch next, use SmartGlass to see what's on and what to watch without interrupting what’s happening on the TV or to go ahead and change the channel if the remote is nowhere to be found," Microsoft said.

The Xbox One launches in 13 countries across the world on November 22, exactly eight years after the Xbox 360 debuted on November 22, 2005. The system will be available at launch for $500, which is a "very good deal," according to Microsoft.

Discussion

634 comments
guitarist1980
guitarist1980

Smart Glass will come in handy for me, But a lot of people out there cannot afford a tablet, a cable service which costs up to 200$ a month with Internet, a 300$ console with a 200$ forced add on. Sony wont be much less expensive but the more features the merrier. Until I see Kinect 2.0 being utilized to enhance the core gamers experience.. I am a little uncertain of how I feel about my pre order. Even though I do like the launch line ups of the xbox one far more than the PS4.

dmastor
dmastor

I love how 360 is benefiting from Xbox one coming soon with all these added features like smart glass, Smartglass makes apps so much easier to get to really want to see game support this though. November Hurry up. 

Tevenx3
Tevenx3

Couldn't be any less "feature-rich"... 

redwin
redwin

Have you all noticed how all Sony players are so angry. Lol, they should play more Xbox and be happier ..hermits should play more Xbox Live.

stanknuggetz12
stanknuggetz12

Awesome! Ahhhh I'm so excited to have smartglass features along with all the other cool stuff on Xboxone. C'mon November!

XbotSlayer221
XbotSlayer221

So this app is free on my iOS device but I need a Gold account to use it.. Brilliant!!

bluefox755
bluefox755

Yay, another feature I don't care about.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Hmm, if SmartGlass development is open for indie developers, this could lead to some cool projects.  I know me and some of my friends have played around with some tools for playing D&D/Pathfinder (the pen & paper version), where each player has a tablet and connects to the master board.

If Xbox One supports up to 16 device, this could be a great platform to host that kind of thing, with the MS dev kit as the core.  The projects I've seen so far haven't tied together very well, so this could be very interesting.

salvucci91
salvucci91

Very glad to hear that it will be faster; the 360 app was pretty chunky.

Bigjoe1627
Bigjoe1627

LMAO why no support for Iphones!

Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

Wait, people still care about SmartGlass? I actually forgot it even existed until I saw this headline.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I was just saying to myself - "self, I really, really need me some better smartglass on my 8th gen console, because I just am not happy with what is one my current xbox 360."

My woman said, "you can live smart glass on the x360 until the new system comes out in a few months". Yeah I guess, If you call that 'living'." 

I just wonder how much time and resources have been wasted on that shit then towards the only thing we care about in regards to a console - Video games!. I would have invested that time and money on some 1rst party IPs or at least make some first party developers to begin with so they can make some a new franchise. 


northArrow
northArrow

Look at all these features I'll never use!

snaketus
snaketus

It's gonna be crap and totally useless. These things are just gimmicks. Just like Wii U gamepad.

Blu3V3nom07
Blu3V3nom07

I'm buying an XONE, and then using SmartGlass on it.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Hope no achievements coming extra with smartglass to ruin my completition ration :)

grove12345
grove12345

Meanwhile to delete my old XBL account in order to transfer my new one to my current email address is a 6 month endeavor. Thanks MS

northArrow
northArrow

@redwin There's nothing enjoyable about Xbox Live, the community is atrocious. I'm a lot happier as a hermit.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@XbotSlayer221 where does it say you have to have gold? you don't need gold for smartglass. it is another method for controlling your xbox. but i can see with a name like that you are just a sony fanboy

valknight
valknight

@bluefox755 Well then everyone should appologize and bow down to only what you care about.. there are those of us who care about having all the extra's. If you don't care.. don't post. 

Dieofnv
Dieofnv

@Bigjoe1627 if you actually read the article before posting this stupid comment, you would know.......

 "The free SmartGlass app for the Xbox One is separate from the currently available app for the Xbox 360. It will be available this holiday for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices." 

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

@Bigjoe1627 Huh?  Smartglass does support iPhone and iPad, as well as Android, Windows 8, and Windows Phone..

jccancela
jccancela

@Shin_Gallon It exists, and works fantastic. Im using it with my Samsung S2, specially when watching Netflix on my 360.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@jenovaschilld Maybe you should ask all the developers who are very excited about smartglass interaction with games?  The same developers who are incorporating smartglass into their launch day games on the Xbox One?



Hainesy74
Hainesy74

@jenovaschilld A very selfish attitude there, what about people who can't use a pad, for what ever reason? Could give them access to gaming in games like Battlefield 4 commander mode. Just because a feature is there it doesn't mean you have to use it or it will change in any way how you play your games.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@jenovaschilld MS is investing 1 billion $ for games.

Heck,they spend 100 millions in just refining the gamepad.
MS just has the money :)

But unfortunatelly,MS and Sony cant rely just only on pure gamers and their money. With all the "secondary" features they try to get other masses on board.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@northArrow I am with you but the sad truth might be that these features(Vita,social,Smartglass,TV or TV app etc) will find many many fans.

jccancela
jccancela

@snaketus WiiU controller is amazing, as well as Smartglass. If you dont like it, pass on. But telling that sth is "crap and totally useless" when probably you never use it, makes you a complete moron.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@snaketus Not the its a gimmik bandwagaon jumpers that want everything to stay the same and companies to never implement new features.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@grove12345 what? there is a feature on the 360 where you can change what e mail address your account is linked to. somewhere in the accounts option

kingliono
kingliono

Yes you deserve the best experience on a secure platform you silly mindless robot.

Maelsthur
Maelsthur

@XbotSlayer221,Damn always Play Station fanboys trolling around xbox articles or vids, you are the only kid right here get a job. ... a real job. I am not trolling your lovely PS articles or whatever, I can because I have arguments....but I wont so stfu.

N1K0LA191
N1K0LA191

@torrne667 @XbotSlayer221 You clearly didn't understand the article. Don't get angry because you're an incompetent reader. In order to use it for your cable TV service, where does it say you need gold in order to use it? Fanboys that don't know how to read. No wonder Sony has such an un-intelligent fan base...

XbotSlayer221
XbotSlayer221

@jtthegame316 @XbotSlayer221 lol another idiot response from a typical dumb xbot. Where do you see any mention of Sony in my statements? I understand that the thing you fear most is what you believe everyone who makes fun of Microscam is but your wrong kid.

jccancela
jccancela

@valknight @bluefox755 lol, if you dont care about something, why you comment on this? I mean, im not interested in horse racing, ergo, i dont post of horse racing pages about my lack of interest.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@XbotSlayer221 @Maelsthur your clearly the insecure about your xbox hate inside you know you are wrong.. if you hate xbox so much why are you bothering to click on xbox stories i don't understand. i don't like apple and ios stuff. i am not up on every apple story and news feed teling people how crap apple and iphone is. i simply don't need to because i am not that insecure about my choice not to buy apple products. i don't need to go around apple news feeds and spread hate i just simply speak with my cash and buy windows and android devices.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

@XbotSlayer221 @torrne667 Small mans disease? These Xbox haters always seem so insecure, such a lot of effort to be actively negative, why care so much about something you aren't going to buy? Absolutely retarded hahaha.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@XbotSlayer221 @jtthegame316 you are the one making a idoit of yourself. to hate on ms in general pretty much either means you are a sony fanboy or a apple fanboy. or maybe even a fanboy of google but calling people an xbot for liking something you don't tends to come from unintelligent sony fanboys

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Bigjoe1627 MS did it coz the reason of the failures was the bad solder.
Nothing like that is used for the X1.
And wow..piece of shit?
Really :(

Bigjoe1627
Bigjoe1627

@sladakrobot Microsoft only did it because they knew the Xbox 360 was a piece of shit! I heard they won't be doing it for Xbox One.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@XbotSlayer221

I'd like to add that Sony has no glorious reputation of repairing hardware for free,even on obviously things which are Sonys fault like the discdrive on the PS2,the laser in the PS1(my PS1 could play only games when i flip it to the side after first 3 years) and overheating problems with the PS3.