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Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass Hands-on - E3 2012 Los Angeles

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Published on Jun 10, 2012

Courtesy of cnet.com
By Brian Tong, Senior Editor
Editorial by Scott Stein

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E3 2012 Los Angeles

BRIAN TONG SHOWS YOU A HANDS-ON DEMO OF MICROSOFT'S SECOND-SCREEN TECHNOLOGY THAT'S COMING TO THE XBOX 360 IN THE FALL.

Game of Thrones worked like it did during the E3 keynote demo, pulling up characters' family trees and animated scrolling maps to augment the show itself. The speed of reaction in the demo, between touching the second screen and triggering playback on the TV, was fast and seamless.

SmartGlass was also shown working with the upcoming game Ascend: New Gods, acting as a tiny map with animated features and icons. A future baseball game called Home Run Stars was discussed as well, where one player would call up plays on a tablet while another would pitch in the air and swing a bat via Kinect. SmartGlass will work with up to four connected devices at once, according to the reps, which suggests multiplayer games with dedicated screens or controls.

The presentation was clear to explain that apps would be created on a case-by-case basis. The enthusiasm of developers for creating ways to work with SmartGlass will be the challenge, as will making this type of technology simple and easy enough for the average user. The app will be free, and while it sounds like an app that could have difficulty getting approved by Apple for iOS, the reps on hand sounded extremely confident that this wouldn't be the case, citing the existing Xbox Live app and the company's relationship with Apple.

So, why not just use an iPad to search the web yourself for information on an actor, or use regular controllers instead of SmartGlass controls? To some extent, it's hard to judge at such an early stage. Also, the app will be free, and will work with many devices that most people already own. Even if SmartGlass was just a clever couple-of-tricks pony, it would be a free pony for anyone who already owns an Xbox 360.

The SmartGlass app would have a small file size, since it's a streaming technology. What's shown on the tablet or phone screen could be swapped with what's on the large-screen TV, too.

It's an early look, but SmartGlass looks better in person than it did on stage. It all depends on the apps.


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