Today Microsoft announced a bunch of new features and enhancements for the Xbox 360 at this year’s E3 video game conference.As the top-selling console in the world (according to Microsoft), it’s going to rely on some hefty new software updates to keep it attractive for at least another year.
We put together all the most important stuff coming to your Xbox soon including more video content, apps, and some awesome new Kinect games.
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.
With Explorer on Xbox, Microsoft is trying to change the way we browse the web on our TV.
Internet Explorer will now be available on the popular console with Kinect integration and voice commands.
Microsoft said during its E3 presentation that that 'keyboards don't belong in the living room.' It'll be interesting to see how well this works in the wild.
Xbox Live is teaming with Nike+ to provide you with training reminders through your Windows phone and real-time feedback.
The program will also give you feedback on your technique and re-assess your progress every four weeks. There's also social media integration, making it easy to share progress with friends who are training as well.
The Zune is finally dead.
Xbox Music will provide users with a library of more than 30 million tracks accessible on all Microsoft devices (PC, Windows 8 Tablet, Windows Phone, and Xbox 360).
Searching from the couch just got a lot easier. Microsoft is bringing Bing Voice search to the Xbox, with the ability to navigate by genre. Saying, 'Bing action,' will bring up a relevant titles for that category.
Now you'll be able to control popular Xbox 360 titles like Madden '13 and FIFA with more than the controller. Call plays and take control of players by using your voice.
Fable and Halo 4 will also have voice control, although we're not sure in what capacity.
New content will be provided by Machinima, Slacker, Nickelodeon, Paramount, and Univision.
Sports fans will go wild because Xbox is now going to provide content from the NBA and NHL. It will be similar to how the service currently handles MLB content. ESPN fans will also get 24/7 live video that includes sports from ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN 3 and ESPN U.