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Xbox SmartGlass Launches This Week

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Microsoft, SmartGlass, Xbox 360, Xbox SmartGlass

Smartglass, a free app that will eventually allow users to share content and control across multiple Microsoft devices, will be released on October 26th for Xbox 360. Versions for Windows 8 tablets, phones and PCs will follow over the coming weeks.

We'll be able to stream media content and browsing history between Windows 8 tablets, Windows Phone 8 handsets and Xbox 360 console... but as a gaming site, we're mostly interested in the emergent gaming applications that SmartGlass promises to offer. As an example, it's possible to access a dynamically-updating overworld map in Forza Horizon on a tablet or phone, and set up complex plays in various EA sports titles.

We could elaborate, but Microsoft have helpfully provided a cheerful software engineer to explain it all for us. You can check out the walkthrough above - and let us know what you make of it in the comments.

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Shadowmancer88  Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:22

I guess you need a gold level membership to use it like everything else :(

Breadster  Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:30

I like that the video was literally just a guy telling you what it can do, rather than the usual annoying ads they have for things like kinect and the Wii.

Korma  Oct. 23, 2012 at 11:37

I like that the video was literally just a guy telling you what it can do, rather than the usual annoying ads they have for things like kinect and the Wii.


The fact there's no dub-step and it's The Onion as the website is another sign that the makers aren't the usual hype-merchants

JonLester  Oct. 23, 2012 at 16:08

Oh don't worry, Microsoft are still all about the dubstep. Panic over. ;)

RiKx  Oct. 23, 2012 at 16:18

Oh don't worry, Microsoft are still all about the dubstep. Panic over. ;)
lmfao

MattGardner  Oct. 23, 2012 at 16:49

One third (if not more) of the Forza Horizon soundtrack is just a mess of wub-wub of dubious quality.

It blurs into one enormous track after a while and then you hear it in your sleep.

stevenjameshyde  Oct. 23, 2012 at 16:51

wub-wub of dubious quality

Is there any other kind?

Korma  Oct. 23, 2012 at 17:47

wub-wub of dubious quality

Is there any other kind?


Wait, I thought Dubious Quality was a dubstep compilation album.

MattGardner  Oct. 23, 2012 at 18:06

wub-wub of dubious quality

Is there any other kind?


As I mention in the review, being sober really didn't help. Wub-wub is music that only really makes sense after half of your brain is snoozing.

Late  Oct. 25, 2012 at 09:25

ios/android "early 2013".
How disappointing (though not entirely unexpected).

RiKx  Oct. 27, 2012 at 09:40

wub-wub of dubious quality

Is there any other kind?


I read this in Jack Nicholson's voice...

Late  Oct. 30, 2012 at 10:58

Now available on Android, I hear.
Anyone had a chance to take a look, yet? (on Windows phone or on Android.)

Apparently my 'phone isn't compatible, but I'm not surprised by that as it's a budget phone running Froyo. Hopefully my tablet (budget but newer and ICS) will have more joy. I'll have a look tonight if I remember.


Edit: I've since read that it's currently only available for phones - not yet for tablets - and only for Android 4.0 and above.
Of course it should be easy enough to side-load it and have a mess around on an unsupported version, if you d/l the apk.

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Late  Oct. 30, 2012 at 15:06

error - clicked reply instead of edit on the above...

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Late  Oct. 30, 2012 at 23:25

Damn. No joy on my phone or my tablet.

Late  Nov. 5, 2012 at 15:00

Forgive the quadruple-post. Poor etiquette, I know...


Got Smartglass on my tablet yesterday. It wouldn't work a week ago, but I bought a new tablet late last week (no, I didn't do that just so I could get smartglass - I've been looking to upgrade for a long while and the timing's just coincidental to this app's launch!) - so I'm not sure if the app has been tweaked to work on tablets now, or if it's the change in tablet that got it working.

Only had a quick play on it, but it looks canny - in a "this'll be good if/when it's properly integrated into games etc." style.
Setting it up was a doddle, and my avatar came up on the device - though I didn't actually look into the edit options etc on there. I'm guessing there's nothing new and it's basically just a new interface.
Using the android virtual keyboard to type on is a lot faster than using the xbox controller and a virtual keyboard on your telly - but it (currently) doesn't seem fully implemented. It worked on IE, but not on YouTube.
Navigating the dash was easy enough and intuitive - probably no better or worse than using the controller.

Could be very good if functionality gets built into a few top games (provided that it's functionality that adds to the game, rather than just being some sort of gimmick), but tbh I'm not sure if it'll get much use here.
I'm guessing the media uses - which look bloody clever - probably just apply to stuff bought on your console (i.e. won't apply to films stored on an external drive) - but I'm not sure about that. And even if it did work for downloaded film collections I'm not sure that'd be enough to persuade people to use the 360 to watch films instead of using their usual sources which don't have any noisy fans...

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Late  Nov. 29, 2012 at 22:46

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