Microsoft is set to demo Smart Glass, an app that is akin to AirPlay for the Xbox 360, at E3 next week. This Xbox companion app is said to be able to play videos from different sources on tablets and phones as well as push that content from your device to an Xbox 360. What’s more, the app is apparently going to be made available for Windows, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. This multiplatform strategy is smart for Microsoft since so many people have Xboxes regardless of which side they take in the mobile OS wars.
A leak of a confidential presentation for Smart Glass noted the following:
- Will allow users to control their Xbox 360 remotely. Will be available cross platform on multiple operating systems including Windows, Windows Phone, Android and iOS.
- Applications will be accessible through the tablet. Such as Youtube/Netflix/Vemo ect.
- Live streaming ability through the tablet to the TV, desktop, lap top and other devices.
- A demo at E3 will be shown, but no live video will be featured
As the owner of two Xbox 360’s, this is certainly something I am going to keep an eye on. More details should emerge at E3.