Xbox SmartGlass launching this week

Xbox SmartGlass will launch this week and will be available on Windows 8 and RT PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would be bringing the Xbox entertainment experience to tablets, PCs, and phones. Titled SmartGlass, the new update will be launched this Friday, October 26, on Windows 8 and Windows RT.

SmartGlass will be available as a downloadable app.

SmartGlass will live on mobile devices as an app, allowing users to access their 360 content from several mobile devices.

The technology will also include a feature that Microsoft is dubbing "multi-screen entertainment," allowing gamers to enhance their gaming experience by integrating their mobile devices as they play games on the Xbox 360.

SmartGlass will be free for download on Windows 8 and RT PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices. The following games and partners have confirmed Xbox SmartGlass integration:

Ascend
Dance Central 3
Forza Horizon
Halo Waypoint
Home Run Stars
Karaoke
Kinect Sesame Street TV
Prima Games.

Written By

Zorine “harli” Te is a long time competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

Discussion

49 comments
Shin_Gallon
Shin_Gallon

Why would I want to be distracted with crap on a tablet while I'm trying to watch a movie or play a game? This is one of those things that MS spent millions on and maybe 5% of their user base cares about. Kinda like IE 10, or Windows 8.

sundfeld
sundfeld

With the new Microsoft Surface you will be able to see everything on your tablet on the TV, kind of like the Apple TV. While watching a movie on the Xbox you will get info and extra content on your tablet, it´s not only for playing games and seeing differente menus. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

SmartGlass, or if you translate it incorrectly to Swedish and then back to English it becomes Intelligent Icecream, which sounds much more interesting than whatever Microsoft could offer.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I think we should wait and see what functionality it brings before calling it useless. I hope it has XBL Rewards integrated into it as well, which would make life easier getting free MS points.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

this is dumb.. what are the benefits of it?

mario-nin-freak
mario-nin-freak

Since I don't have a tablet or Xbox 360, I'll save my money for Wii U, which actually has buttons.

Getbacktogaming
Getbacktogaming

...hmm I thought the initial launch was for Windows 8 devices only... It'd love to be wrong though!

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Great -- advertising EVERYWHERE, whee!  Because when I'm trying to get work done, I definitely want a bunch of F'ing advertisements instead of icons... Just like the abomination the 360 interface has been for the last year or so.

 

SolidTy
SolidTy

At least it's a free DL.

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

I thought this was going to be an accessory like Kinect? I guess they realized it would fail and made it an app instead.

cesarexec22
cesarexec22

wow this is the same thing ps3 is doing with their ps vitas, EVERYBODY loves to copy nintendo. Its pretty obvious the competition has absolutely no creativity of their own .. Nintendo is going win the next gen for sure!!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

hmmm not much support yet. I've seen the app in the Windows Store on Windows 8, but haven't download...well.. because I currently don't own a 360. 

 

I am curious to see how much SmartGlass on Xbox can do in comparison to the Nintendo Gamepad for Wii U.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I'm actually mildly curious about this.

 

Was hoping it would be a part of the dash beta, but nope.  Looking forward to seeing it in action Friday.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

I've been looking forward to this.  Although it's just the start of what the SmartGlass can actually do.  Controlling the xbox with a mobile device has been around for about 2 years already with the Xbox Companion. I believe SmartGlass will be much more interactive, not just for games but for TV shows, music, movies, etc.

zequex
zequex

Let it never be said that Microsoft never gave anything for free.

It's no Wii U but it's a cool add on that doesn't make you buy an extra product.

 

 

gnutux
gnutux

Got an Android tablet and an XBOX 360, doesn't hurt to try it I guess.

DoctorTanaka
DoctorTanaka

Save Big Bird, play Kinect Sesame Street TV

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

seems cool. I will give it a look friday.

zequex
zequex

I have an Xbox360 and an Android phone so i'll give it a try.

I don't have any of those games but it might be neat to see what they do with it.

 

Can't argue free.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I'll admit, I'll probably get the app and play around a bit before I totally dismiss it.

jonasas2
jonasas2

what is that thing called, oh yeah OnLive

Vickman178
Vickman178

Smart Glass is such a lame attempt at combating the Wii U lol. Just look at that list that supports it, half of them aren't even games!

 

:P

Danny_1993
Danny_1993

Kinect Sesame Street TV...

 

Well I've seen it all now

cesarexec22
cesarexec22

 @GH05T-666 "multi-screen entertainment," allowing gamers to enhance their gaming experience by integrating their mobile devices as they play games on the Xbox 360. I think I seen this done already??! lmao

rarson
rarson

 @Mr_Big_Boss 

 

The whole point of Smart Glass is that it works with devices you already have, so it was always going to be an app.

sundfeld
sundfeld

 @cesarexec22 you sound like a Nintendo fan boy... Nintendo will always be one gen behind. i mean how long did Nintendo take to finally get a console in which you can play the games available for years in the Xbox and PS3? next year Xbox and Sony will lunch their consoles and once again Nintendo will not be able to run the same games as it will be obsolete by then. Talking about gameplay... The Wii was revolutionary I give you that, but Kinect took a giant dump on it.

LindBergh2007
LindBergh2007

 @cesarexec22 PLEEEEEEASE. Gamepad is completely UN-ORGINAL. Geez, fanboys can be pretty stupid.

 

It's a watered down iPad with DS features.

dman123_1
dman123_1

 @cesarexec22 well to give some credit, Microsoft did announce that they were going to have a "360" like experience between your phone console and pc a few years ago. I would assume this is what they are talking about.

obsequies
obsequies

 @Hvac0120 I don't think it will be much of a comparison at all..the smartglass app will be little more than the battlefield 3 app for stats n crap..there are no standards to keep anything organized for something like this to make it push any boundaries

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

 @Vickman178 I really don't think it's to combat the Wii.  SmartGlass will eventually do a lot more than just work with games.  Think about it as interactive TV using any mobile device (or desktop device) for the interaction.

cesarexec22
cesarexec22

 @xxYetterxx so what ?? the shape of the controller is universal anybody can use it but its not their main controller so who gives a damn really lol its a secondary option just like the wii remotes. Actually By 2014 the wii u will long be accepted and have plenty of games to keep occupied, then we all have front row seats to see sony and microsoft tear each others throat out and then go to sleep lol

rarson
rarson

 @LindBergh2007  

 

"It's a watered down iPad with DS features."

 

Not even remotely. An iPad has a CPU and GPU SoC inside of it. The Wii controller is just a controller; all the processing is done on the console. The iPad doesn't have buttons, so it basically sucks for playing games.

 

The entire point of the console is to bring DS-style game innovation to the home console, so of course it has "DS features." It also has features the DS doesn't have.

 

I sure hope someone makes a synth app for the Wii U along the lines of DS-10. Heck, you could even use the TV screen as a visualization screen while editing the music on the tablet controller as it's playing. Fark, that would be awesome. You could DJ a party with a Wii U. The controller would be perfect for a "game" like that.

rarson
rarson

 @LindBergh2007

 

Yeah, it's so unoriginal. Because there are so many other controllers out there exactly like it. Not.

cesarexec22
cesarexec22

awww a little hater around the corner nit picking at the gamepad, I havent heard any complaints from developers so far and all very good reviews playing with it, your just a useless idiot who realizes the lame attempts from both competitors to combat the wii U , I know truth always hurts. you remind of feces and garbage mixed together smh

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

 @dman123_1  @cesarexec22 Microsoft was talking about Live Anywhere. Which the idea is still around, but it works way different than they thought at the time.

 

Basically they were talking about Live integration with Windows and Windows Phone and how your GamerTag and stuff carry across Microsoft platforms.

 

 @dman123_1 is exaggerating Nintendo's "innovations" to elicit a console war discussion.

vader501st
vader501st

 @cesarexec22 You do know neither MS nor Sony don't give a rat's ass about the Wii U, right? Especially because Nintendo's new platform has got a lot to prove once it launches later this year. Keeping the momentum of their consoles to ensure a smooth transition from this gen to the next has been their focus since last year, and that's doubly true for Sony, with the PS3 and the Vita, which is still trying to catch some breath from a very bumpy start.