E3 2012: Microsoft’s bid for touch screen play is Xbox Smart Glass

e3 2012 microsofts bid for touch screen play is xbox smart glass smartglass

Microsoft lifted the curtain on its new Xbox SmartGlass initiative during the annual pre-E3 2012 media briefing at USC’s Galen Center. Xbox Live bossman Marc Whitten described the innovative new feature as a tool that allows users to link their Xbox 360 consoles with other devices, even if said devices aren’t running a Windows OS.

A number of potential applications were offered as possibilities for how SmartGlass will operate. The simplest example involves using your tablet — it could be iOS, or Android, or Windows Phone 7 — as a touch screen remote control of sorts for your Xbox 360 dashbaord. It sounds like Xbox SmartGlass support will be a cornerstone of the upcoming Internet Explorer console app, offering users full access to touch screen controls and a full keyboard through supported tablets and smartphones.

e3 2012 microsofts bid for touch screen play is xbox smart glass smartglass maddenAnother possibility involves using an external device as a sort of companion interface for the 360’s various entertainment apps. HBO Go already offers features like this for PC users; you can, for example, watch Game of Thrones via the app while simultaneously looking at a map of the fantasy world that keeps track of where each scene is unfolding. Through SmartGlass, those same features would be accessible on your external device in a link with the console HBO Go app.

Of course, the most exciting possibilities for SmartGlass are in the realm of how it makes nice with your games. While there aren’t any confirmed in-game SmartGlass features revealed, a pair of concept clips showed off what might be in games like Halo 4 and Madden NFL 13.

For Halo, SmartGlass would link up with the Halo Waypoint community app that was released on Xbox Live at around the time Halo 3 launched in 2007. SmartGlass would link the game with the app, allowing you to, say, check out location maps or receive an invite to a multiplayer match while playing in another part of the game. For Madden, on the other hand, you could potentially use the touch interface to direct the action on the field and even re-map plays on the fly with nothing more than your finger.

e3 2012 microsofts bid for touch screen play is xbox smart glass smartglass haloFor those who have been wondering exactly how Microsoft intends to address competition from the Wii U’s WiiPad and the PlayStation 3’s PS Vita connectivity, SmartGlass is it. It’s really rather brilliant when you think about it, since it doesn’t require any additional investment on the part of the end user. If you’ve got a tablet or a smartphone or similar touch screen-enabled device, you’re probably going to be able to link it up with your console.

We’ve got a lot more questions about the new feature that still need to be answered, but the core concept is sound and leaves us excited to hear more. Whitten offered no hint as to when SmartGlass will be fully implemented, but we’ll hopefully be seeing it sometime in the neighborhood of November, when Xbox 360 dashboard updates traditionally launch. Stay tuned for more from Digital Trends at E3 2012 all this week.

Gaming

Epic Games insists Fortnite B.R.U.T.E. is fun; #RemoveTheMech not happening

Epic Games said that the controversial B.R.U.T.E. vehicles are part of providing "a fun experience" to Fortnite players. It appears that the developer has no plans of listening to the #RemoveTheMech movement.
Gaming

Gamescom 2019 press conference schedule

Gamescom 2019 will be the site for four different presentations, including the next Google Stadia Connect event. Here is when you can watch the shows, and what to expect from each of them.
Gaming

Microsoft’s Xbox head debunks rumors of streaming-only console in the works

Xbox head Phil Spencer debunked rumors that Microsoft is working on a streaming-only console that will utilize the company's Project xCloud. Spencer also said cloud gaming will not soon replace traditional consoles.
Gaming

Sorry, you can’t exchange your Nintendo Switch for an upgraded model

Customer representatives said that those who purchased the old model of the Nintendo Switch after July 17 would be able to upgrade their console into the new model for free. A Nintendo spokesperson has now denied the exchange program.
Gaming

Fire Emblem: Three Houses prepares to invade Tetris 99’s 6th Maximus Cup

Fire Emblem: Three Houses will collaborate with Tetris 99 for the battle royale puzzler's 6th Maximus Cup. Players who are able to earn 100 points will be able to unlock an exclusive Fire Emblem: Three Houses theme for Tetris 99.
Gaming

Apple Arcade early access program now underway with Apple employees

Apple has started the Apple Arcade early access program with its employees, charging them $0.49 per month after a free one-month trial. The internal testing will end when iOS 13 launches, which may also be when the service is rolled out.
Computing

Exclusive: How Alienware dared to ditch black, boxy designs for something radical

A new gaming Legend is born this year. Alienware unveiled its new Aurora R9 desktop with the Legend design language. Join us as Alienware designers talk about Legend was conceived and what the new design means for gaming.
Gaming

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild tagged as franchise’s bestselling game

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has taken the title as the bestselling game in the beloved Nintendo franchise. The game took more than two years to outsell Twilight Princess, the entry that was previously at the top of the list.
Gaming

Phantom Thieves get ready: Persona 5 Royal Western release set for spring 2020

Atlus revealed a spring 2020 Western release window for Persona 5 Royal, the extended version of the popular Japanese RPG Persona 5. The developer also uploaded new screenshots for the game on its official website.
Computing

HyperX gives the Fury DDR4 memory line a face-lift and adds RGB lighting

HyperX has refreshed the popular Fury DDR4 line up with a new look and added LED lighting to the Fury DDR4 RGB. The memory is plug-and-play ready and has predefined Intel XMP profiles for optimal performance.
Gaming

Nintendo denies Nintendo Switch exchange program rumors

Nintendo has issued a statement denying rumors that customers can exchange their old Nintendo Switch for the revised model with better battery life. The revised Switch nearly doubles the battery life thanks to a new processor.
Gaming

Every game shown during Nintendo’s indie showcase at Gamescom 2019

Nintendo provided new trailers and information on more than two dozen indie games during its latest Indie Showcase ahead of Gamescom 2019. Here is every game shown during the presentation.
Gaming

Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s PvP is a high-tension battle royale lite

Ubisoft made Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s competitive PvP mode, Ghost War, available for the first time before launch and we got an opportunity to take in the new additions and changes to the old formula.
Gaming

Ghost Recon Breakpoint developer counters comparisons to The Division

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is implementing some changes that make it more similar to The Division. We asked how the team feels about the comparisons. Breakpoint's creative director addresses the idea by focusing on the lack of bullet sponges.