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Xbox SmartGlass Second Screen App Launching October 26th (video)
Microsoft has today confirmed that their new Xbox SmartGlass
companion application will officially launch as an integrated part of
their new Windows 8 operating system later this week.
The new Xbox
Smart Glass companion application will be a new addition to the Games
section of Windows 8 as well as devices running Windows RT. Watch the
video after the jump to see how SmartGlass has been designed to
Xbox SmartGlass is a free to download application which has been designed for Windows 8 and RT tablets
and PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices, and converts them
into smart second screens capable of controlling the entertainment on
your Xbox 360 console. Microsoft explains:
"And we’ve only
begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible. In the future, new
games will be created, TV shows and movies will be re-imagined, and
sports will be broadcast from the ground up with Xbox SmartGlass in
Navigate your Entertainment – Your phone and tablet will become the best remote controls in your house. Use the touch screen on your smartphone or tablet to control your Xbox 360, and use your devices to pause, rewind or advance entertainment.
TV & Movies
– With Xbox Video, start a TV show or movie on your Windows 8 tablet
and finish it on the big screen through Xbox 360; see the names of cast
and crew for the film you are watching and discover related films. To
give you one example of what you can expect, coming next season, HBO
GO’s "Game of Thrones” will offer groundbreaking Xbox SmartGlass
Sports – While watching the
game, use a second screen to follow real-time stats, player bios, news
and highlights you may have missed. All of this and more will be
available for NBA Game Time, ESPN and UFC in the coming months.
– Control your Xbox Music experience on the TV using your smartphone or
tablet, discover related artists and songs, cue up additional music,
read artist bios and more.
Internet Explorer for Xbox –
The Web comes to TV like never before with Xbox 360 and Xbox SmartGlass.
With your smartphone or tablet, pan or pinch and zoom to explore the
Web on the largest and best screen in the house, enjoy easy text entry
with the keyboard on your tablet or phone, and then move your browser
back to your device to take it on the go.
– Get more from your game when you can use a second screen. Turn you
phone or tablet into a virtual GPS in Forza: Horizon. Don’t stop the
dance party in Dance Central 3 by going back to the menu to choose your
next song. Instead, queue it up on your tablet or smartphone. In HomeRun
Stars, use SmartGlass on your favorite device to throw a surprise pitch
to your friend up at bat in front of Kinect. See detailed stats on how
you are progressing in Halo 4, or check up on friends. All of these
features and much more will be available when your favorite game extends
to multiple screens.”
Earlier this week Microsoft rolled out
a new update for their Xbox gaming console which brought with it a
newly updated SmartGlass applications and Xbox Music app. For more
information jump over to the official Microsoft Blog post.