Microsoft just announced Xbox SmartGlass, a new screen-sharing/entertainment platform that is very similar to Apple’s AirPlay.
Using your mobile device (Windows 8 tablet, Windows Phone, etc.) you will be able to interact with your movies, TV shows, music, and games on your Xbox.
SmartGlass isn’t strictly screen sharing; it’s a way to interact with your media without a keyboard getting in the way. Instead of just watching content, SmartGlass lets you interact with it creating a much more enjoyable experience.
For example, if you are sharing a movie from your tablet to your TV, your tablet will then provide you with a summary of the movie, information about the actors, when the movie was released, etc.
Kinect controls are also integrated into SmartGlass. If you don’t want to use Kinect gestures to control content on your Xbox, you can use your smartphone or tablet as a remote instead.
Microsoft did not specifically say that the SmartGlass app will be available for iOS or Android, but we’ve seen AppleInsider and Engadget suggest that the app will be available on these devices as well. We’ll have to wait and see what the official word is.
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