GamesBeat

Microsoft introduces Xbox SmartGlass to integrate smartphones and tablets with Xbox 360

Microsoft announced today that its new Xbox SmartGlass technology will integrate smartphones and tablets with the games and entertainment that you play and watch on the Xbox 360 console.

Marc Whitten, a Microsoft executive, said that the new technology will let you use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for your Xbox 360. When you watch a Game of Thrones episode on HBO Go, you can tap on the tablet screen to start the show. And the tablet will then give you information about the cast and plot.

And as the show progresses, the tablet or smartphone will keep up. For instance, you will see a map of the Game of Thrones universe update based on the location being shown on your TV. That’s a smart technology.

“With Microsoft SmartGlass, movies are more engaging,” Whitten said.

With this technology, developers will be able to create transmedia experiences, where they integrate their tablet, smartphone, and Xbox 360 applications tightly together. Whitten called that “multiscreen entertainment.” It turns any TV into a smart TV, Whitten said.

Microsoft is also introducing Internet Explorer for the TV. SmartGlass will work with new Windows 8 tablets and PCs later this year.


Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 2.00.11 PMGamesBeat 2014 — VentureBeat’s sixth annual event on disruption in the video game market — is coming up on Sept 15-16 in San Francisco. Purchase one of the first 50 tickets and save $400!
0 comments

GamesBeat is your source for gaming news and reviews. But it's also home to the best articles from gamers, developers, and other folks outside of the traditional press. Register or log in to join our community of writers. You can even make a few bucks publishing stories here! Learn more.

You are now an esteemed member of the GamesBeat community. That means you can comment on stories or post your own to GB Unfiltered (look for the "New Post" link by mousing over your name in the red bar up top). But first, why don't you fill out your via your ?

About GamesBeat