Microsoft announced that Xbox SmartGlass will allow you to enhance your gaming, television, and movie watching experiences by offering additional information on movies and television shows while you watch them, new ways to interact with and control your games, as well as the ability to stream media from your tablet directly onto your Xbox 360 (and flat screen TV). They’ll also be adding a web browser to the Xbox 360, and instead of the usual clunky controller interface most users are used to, you’ll be able to navigate directly from your favorite phone or top rated tablet, and see it happen real time on your screen.
While the name might make you think they’re cribbing a bit off of Samsung’s Smart Window, Xbox SmartGlass’ functionality looks to be taking aim at the function of Apple’s Airplay, with their streaming and “media tossing” capabilities, and the upcoming Wii U console, with their tablet/controller approach. The difference between these offerings and Xbox SmartGlass is that instead of having to rely on one tablet, phone, or controller, SmartGlass works with any tablet.
Nope, that’s not a typo. Any tablet. Well, most Windows phones or tablets, the iPad and iPhone, or Android devices (but that pretty much covers the bases — sorry Blackberry users).
Xbox Smart Glass is slated to be released this fall, so expect to see more details on the service released not just during E3, but also in the next several months.