Xbox SmartGlass launches alongside Windows 8 this week

Tuesday, 23rd October 2012 05:27 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Xbox SmartGlass, which allows you to control your console and Xbox Live content using your smartphone or tablet, will go live this week.

As detailed on Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s blog, the Xbox 360 dashboard update in the process of rolling out to end users does in fact enable support for SmartGlass. The feature won’t be activated until Windows 8 goes live though, on October 26.

SmartGlass is a free downloadable app which powers “key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom”, and works with Xbox Video and Music.

The following games, apps and service will support the feature:

  • Games:
    - Ascend
    - Dance Central 3
    - Forza Horizon
    - Halo Waypoint
    - Home Run Stars
    - Karaoke
    - Kinect Sesame Street TV
    - Prima Games
  • Sports:
    - ESPN
    - NBA Game Time
    - UFC
  • Entertainment Apps:
    - Elections 2012
    - HBO GO
    - MSN
    - NBC News
    - NOW TV
    - Slacker Radio
    - TODAY
    - Univision



  1. mistermogul

    “control your console using your smartphone or tablet”

    Excuse my sarcasm but whoopy-f**king-doo! Why on earth would I want to put down my Xbox 360 controller (in my opinion the best controller ever created) and replace it with my ipad/phone that have no tactile buttons or analogue sticks?

    The answer is I wouldn’t…

    What makes Microsoft think we want 101 ways to control the effing dashboard? Anyway shouldn’t they get the Kinect controls right first before finding alternative methods?

    No doubt this will end up another half-baked idea that never gets proper support.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. roadkill

    OK, moving on to what’s really important, will anyone “upgrade” to Windows 8?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Ireland Michael

    @1 You could also ask the same question of every person who wants to buy a Wii U.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Da Man

    #1 Because it’s a better way to use Internet Explorer, other apps or Bing Search.

    #4 2 years ago

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