Xbox SmartGlass Microsoft's Answer To Apple AirPlay, Nintendo Wii U
Armed with proof of concept videos, the Xbox 360 maker has its sights set on competition.
One of the coolest iPad features is the ability to play games on HDTVs via AirPlay, and by now, you've probably heard of Wii U, Nintendo's upcoming console featuring a tablet-style controller. Not to be outdone, Microsoft hopes to make an impact with SmartGlass, a new application for its Xbox brand that works with just about any smart phone and tablet, from Windows Phones to iPads.
Based on what we witnessed at this morning's Microsoft press conference, the technology will work in tandem with supported video games and other forms of media to deliver a richer experience. In the months ahead, Madden fans will be able to call plays on the Xbox 360 version of the game using their mobile devices, look up cars while playing the new Forza and learn bits of info while watching movies.
How in-depth Microsoft and third parties go with SmartGlass remains to be seen, and at this point, we don't know know if gamers will bite. After all, the publisher never mentioned whether these smart phones/tablets will function as controllers, thus cutting out the Xbox 360 pad entirely, or if there will be required juggling on the consumer's part.
Regardless, both Apple and Nintendo were put on notice, and it'll be interesting to see how SmartGlass evolves moving forward. The best part? If you already own a compatible device and an Xbox 360, you're more than halfway there.