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Microsoft Announces SmartGlass for Streaming Media to Xbox

Microsoft made headlines over the weekend when it became apparent that the company was buying up domains related to the term 'Smart Glass.' The company hadn't talked about such a product or service before, so it was thought the company was preparing for an E3 launch. Today, this suspicion was confirmed as Microsoft took to the stage for its pre-E3 event in Los Angeles and all was revealed.

Sadly, SmartGlass isn't hardware related. Instead, Microsoft is looking to bring added functionality to Kinect with a new Windows 8 application that allows you to send video from your tablet, PC, phone or laptop with your TV via the Xbox 360. Though this is handy enough in itself, SmartGlass will also utilize your smartphone or tablet, displaying information or companion content on your handheld device while media is playing on the TV. MSNBC reports that the example given by Microsoft was that users could have Game of Thrones playing via HBO Go and a map of Westeros on their tablet. 

Also discussed at today's E3 event was Internet Explorer's arrival on the Xbox; the launch of Xbox on Windows 8; Xbox Music, a new music service that Microsoft has just announced for Xbox 360; Nike+ Kinect training; and a whole host of new games including Halo 4, Gears of War: Judgment, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Madden 2013.

Stay tuned for more on all of this in our continuing coverage of Microsoft's pre-E3 event!

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  • dalethepcman
    I think finally allowing IE on the XBOX will seriously undercut the budget PC market. This has me in a mixed emotional state. On one hand, manufacturers like E-Machines will either have to up their quality/price, or decrease their quality/price even more (if that's even possible) to compete against a $200 xbox. On the other hand, less PC's = more crappy console games...
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  • jryan388
    dumbest name ever...
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  • crapbox 360 baby.
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  • Dandalf
    I really don't like this integration of Xbox and Desktop PC. Those raging cod nerdkids can stay as far away from me as possible.
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  • NuclearShadow
    I hardly see the point in investing anymore into the 360, this isn't going to make any spike in sales for such a aged console. It also would have been a feature that would have made the next console more alluring to buy.

    It is good for the consumer but in a business sense I just don't get what their goal is here.
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  • guardianangel42
    NuclearShadowI hardly see the point in investing anymore into the 360, this isn't going to make any spike in sales for such a aged console. It also would have been a feature that would have made the next console more alluring to buy.It is good for the consumer but in a business sense I just don't get what their goal is here.
    Kinect hooks up to an Xbox using one of two different connector technologies: Standard USB and a Microsoft Proprietary Port.

    That means that in both cases, Kinect can easily live on well past the Xbox 360, as will HBO Go, Netflix, IE, and Xbox Live.

    Don't think of it as Microsoft investing in the 360 but as Microsoft beta-testing integration systems on an established platform. Microsoft, unlike a lot of companies, has a long view of business that's actually rather uncommon. I honestly don't see them simply dumping all the work they've done into these things just because a console generation ended.
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  • everygamer
    Still nice to see that many of the game platforms are starting to tie in with 3rd party platforms. Microsoft with SmartGlass and Sony finally getting PlayStation Mobile (formerly PlayStation Suite) out onto other mobile devices (iOS, Android, etc).

    http://www.everygamer.com/
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  • ochentay4
    I really REALLY hate Microsoft for forcing me the XBOX 360 as an entertainment device.

    I bought it for gaming only (several times cause it died too many times) and the latest dashboard sucks at giving me a proper menu for playing/managing my games. I cant stand the latest dashboard (with ads!, its a joke right? I am Gold, no excuse).

    The dashboard should have a modular interface to let me choose which crap I want to see. Or a game only mode, I dont know figure it out. I couldnt care less about apps, video, music and ads. I want to see achievements, friends, stats, games, list them, manage them. The download list is the worst I ever saw.

    Give me the option to CHOOSE not force me to navigate a dashboard I didnt ask (and do not have the option to turn off).

    For everything else I have my PC (which is going to be ruined with my next PC with Windows 8, what a load of crap is Metro).

    I cant believe the amount of crap Microsoft is putting up these times. Why they dont listen to its customers like Valve and its platform?

    Enough said.
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