The second screen experience has a chance to become a major part of the next generation of gaming. Microsoft brought the Xbox One SmartGlass app to iOS and Android devices on Tuesday, a few days ahead of the console’s launch, and the app is surprisingly robust. Sony’s PlayStation App is a great tool for managing friends lists and remote PlayStation Store purchases, but doesn’t quite stand out as anything more than an extra feature. SmartGlass, on the other hand, can be used to navigate through the Xbox One dashboard, browse the internet on your TV, and it even doubles as a remote. More →
As Microsoft (MSFT) braces for its Windows 8 launch, it’s also making good on its promise to flip the switch on Xbox SmartGlass by the end of the year. The Redmond, Washington-based company announced on its official blog that SmartGlass, a free Xbox 360 companion app for Windows 8 tablets, on October 26th. It will also be available on Windows Phone 8 on October 29th and for iOS and Android in 2013. Unlike the Wii U’s GamePad controller or the PlayStation 3′s remote play connectivity with the PS Vita, SmartGlass works with a person’s existing tablets and smartphones.