One of the biggest announcements from Microsoft during their E3 press conference today was the announcement of Xbox Smartglass. This application will allow players to seamlessly switch their media usage between their Xbox 360, mobile phone, and tablet. During the press conference, Microsoft showed players starting to watch a movie or television show on their mobile device, and then picking up right where they left off on their Xbox 360. In truly tasteful fashion, Microsoft showed off a clip from the upcoming film Prometheus as well as the television series Game of Thrones during a demonstration of the application.
Xbox Smartglass opens up a wide variety of new possibilities for actual games as well. Utilizing the touch screen of a mobile device, players will be able to draw custom plays in Madden NFL 2013, and then actually run them right then and there on the fly in their game on the Xbox. Additionally, exploring the world of Halo 4 will unlock features and information in Halo Waypoint. When you obtain one of these unlocks in the game, you’ll be able to check it out on your mobile device right then and there. We expect a lot more games to use this new technology as time goes on. Xbox Smartglass will be available across all major platforms including Windows, iOS and Android when it releases this holiday.
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