Microsoft unveiled the new "Xbox SmartGlass" during its E3 2012 press conference, proving right rumours about a possible Xbox Live companion app that would allow gamers to play and share Xbox 360 content on the go.
But SmartGlass is actually a bit more than that, and it was easy to lose track of what exactly the new feature was during Microsoft's fluffy press conference presentation, so you're not alone in wondering what it is exactly that this mobile feature will bring to gamers.
What Is SmartGlass?
SmartGlass is a spunky new app that allows you to use your phone or tablet device as another TV, controller or companion feature for a movie or television show. You'll even be able to use it to control the internet and more.
It will be completely functional with iOS and Android devices, as well as Windows 8 devices. Word out of Los Angeles suggests that Windows 7 devices will not be compatible with SmartGlass.
What Else Can It Do?
The level of functionality in terms of content is quite broad. The feature will allow you to use your mobile device as a companion to whatever it is that you're playing or watching, meaning the hottest new television show can be watched while you check out interesting tidbits and behind-the-scenes featurettes on your mobile device, while sharing content from your couch to your Xbox 360.
And For Games And Browsing?
Microsoft showed during its briefing that SmartGlass will allow you to interact with Xbox 360 software like never before. Madden games, for example, can add a whole new level of depth and engagement to the experience, as you alter plays, direct players and guide your defense using your new mobile app.
As for the internet and the Xbox 360's new Internet Explorer compatibility, you'll be able to use SmartGlass and your tablet or mobile as a mouse, making living room internet surfing easier than it's ever been.
Microsoft is continuing to evolve the Xbox experience, bringing us plenty without giving away too much. We might not have the exciting new Xbox console to talk about, but at least we have no features that keep the hardware relevant.
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By Gaetano Prestia - Bio