Microsoft introduced the SmartGlass app with the Xbox 360 and will continue the second screen experience on the Xbox One. On Friday, the company detailed the many improvements that are coming to the app from increased speed, the number of devices that can be connected and the features that will be included.
"With SmartGlass for Xbox One you can use your phone, laptop or tablet as a remote to easily navigate the web on your console, turn up the volume on your TV, and select a video, music or game to play," Xbox LIVE General Manager Ron Pressner told Xbox Wire.
"SmartGlass is more than just controlling your TV content though. We are working with all of our game and entertainment partners to build really cool experiences that take advantage of the fact that you have smart devices connected to your Xbox One."
SmartGlass will support iOS, Android and Windows 8 devices at launch with up to 16 devices being able to connect to the Xbox One at the same time via the app. The app is approximately three and half times faster than before due to SmartGlass allowing tablets or smartphones to connect directly with the console over the local WiFi or LAN network. On the Xbox 360, the app sends and receives information with the console through a datacenter that could be located anywhere.
Some of the new features include Game Help which provides players help at the push of the button if they are stuck somewhere with in a game. SmartGlass will know where the player is and provide contextual tips to help out. The SmartGlass app will also let players send and receive message with friends, check achievements, view friends, access GameDVR clips, access the Xbox Games Store and navigate through the console dashboard including the TV guide as well as controlling the TV volume and power.
Companion apps for specific game titles include Dead Rising 3 which lets the SmartGlass app become the phone that the main character uses in the game world. It also comes with exclusive missions where players can "earn special rewards, like an airstrike that they can call in with SmartGlass to clear an escape path if they’re stuck in a zombie horde."
The other companion app is for the game creation game, Project Spark. While Pressner did not speak to it directly, previous demonstrations by developer Team Dakota showed the ability to create worlds and program games with the same tools from the console on a tablet instead.
The Xbox One is set to launch on Nov. 22.
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