Aside from the usual bit of media company name dropping, Microsoft unveiled their plan for cross-platform media domination...and it's called SmartGlass.
Marc Whitten, the head of Xbox Live, revealed that the service will connect your tablets, phones, and console together. A demo showing how you can send a movie from platform to platform, whilst receiving further information was shown at the Microsoft press conference today.
SmartGlass will apparently allow you to surf the web, play games, get real-time information on shows, music, and TV, and control and supplement your media experiences.
“Xbox is on a mission to make the entertainment that you love even more amazing,” said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “With Xbox SmartGlass, we are lighting up entertainment across your phone, tablet, PC and TV in a completely new way. If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox.”
Microsoft also announced that it'll be bringing Internet Explorer to Xbox this autumn and it'll support Kinect and SmartGlass functionality. This means voice-enabled surfing across a number of devices.
SmartGlass means you'll be able to use SmartGlass devices to control the Dashboard, play games via tablet and smartphone, and more.So it's a bit like a software-based Wii U screen...