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Xbox SmartGlass Coming To iPad, iPhone, Android and Surface This Friday

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Microsoft will release Xbox SmartGlass for Windows 8, Windows RT, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone on Friday, October 26,according to Xbox’s Major Nelson.

Xbox SmartGlass is Microsoft’s second-screen app for games, movies, and apps on the Xbox 360. It will bring new gameplay options for games and gives users more information on TV shows or movies while they watch them on the Xbox itself. The app will work with almost any mobile device, but users will have to wait until the Windows 8 and Windows RT release to use it.

Not every game will use SmartGlass, with just eight games launching in the next few coming months. Those games include Halo Waypoint, Forza Horizons, and Dance Central 3. It’s not clear how each game will use the service, but according to The Verge Dance Central 3 will use the app as a sort of playlist selection tool.

In Dance Central 3 a player can use a SmartGlass-enabled device to create a playlist of songs for their friends to dance to. It makes it easy to collaborate on playlists and to create them without a lot of awkward hand motions.

Sports apps like ESPN, NBA Game Time, and UFC will also use the app. Sports apps can use SmartGlass to show users realtime information on athletes in current games or matches. Or it could provide news or league updates without distracting from the action on screen.

Xbox SmartGlass

Other apps that will use SmartGlass include NBC News, HBO GO, Elections 2012, Slacker Radio, and MSN. AT E3 Microsoft used HBO GO as an example to show that SmartGlass can offer guides for shows like Game of Thrones which follows many different characters, each in a different area of the world.

Shawn is a tech junkie who spends most of his time reading and writing about it. You can follow him on Twitter, @shawn_i.

23 Comments

  1. Jerome West

    10/23/2012 at 2:38 pm

    Why did you leave Windows Phone out of the title? You faggot cock suckers.

    • chuck

      10/23/2012 at 3:26 pm

      Good point!

    • TiredOfIgnorantKiddies

      10/23/2012 at 4:30 pm

      WOW! I didn’t know they let children leave comments here! Answer: Maybe because the majority of the populous is up to date and doesn’t use windows phones because they are lame!

    • Jon miller

      10/23/2012 at 10:18 pm

      Hey wasn’t even using a windows phone it was a S3

    • bob

      10/23/2012 at 11:32 pm

      Probably because most people with an IQ higher than their age had already figured that a microsoft product that links wirelessly with the xbox was going to be on a windows phone without it having to be explained.

    • James

      10/26/2012 at 1:56 pm

      Because they’re shit!

    • James

      10/26/2012 at 1:57 pm

      Because they are shit!

    • Jason

      10/31/2012 at 3:07 pm

      What a dumb ass you must be. Lol

  2. matt

    10/23/2012 at 5:10 pm

    I didnt know They let children write articles lol

  3. Richard lydford

    10/23/2012 at 6:52 pm

    Looking forward to the full integration for android and iOS systems for smartglass …can’t wait…

  4. tygstatus

    10/24/2012 at 4:56 am

    This is probably the next best thing since Kinect.. Also no one uses Windows phones unless they never had a laptop or desktop lol.

  5. d

    10/24/2012 at 12:58 pm

    Your wrong dude, smart glass for iOS and android won’t be here till early next year got to get your facts straight

    • mehartze

      10/26/2012 at 5:40 am

      “D” is absolutely right. Several other sites are saying early 2013 for Android and iOS.

      • moe.

        10/26/2012 at 2:27 pm

        …lol playing with it now

        • Jon miller

          10/26/2012 at 2:29 pm

          On what device?

          • moe.

            10/26/2012 at 3:18 pm

            s3

          • moe.

            10/26/2012 at 3:19 pm

            And its almost good enough to make me consider buying a surface…

    • Tyler

      10/27/2012 at 10:06 pm

      Your wrong it came out on android Friday dumbass

  6. nofear902002

    10/26/2012 at 3:15 pm

  7. Ksmashcabbage

    10/27/2012 at 6:51 am

    Downloading and using it! So neat! Android Razr.

  8. Zech

    10/31/2012 at 3:33 am

    Da fuck?!!!?!??? Why would Microsoft leave the droid bionic incompatible????!!!!!???

    I’ve been waiting since E3!!!!!

    • Dubbz

      11/29/2012 at 6:47 am

      Yea it won’t work with the bionic… Wtf? There has to be a way around it.

  9. Jason

    10/31/2012 at 3:04 pm

    I already do all this with my ipad with directv. It’s so addicting.

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