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Microsoft Smartglass App For X-Box One

Before discussing the latest version of Microsoft Smartglass’s Xbox One, the successor of Xbox 360, let’s first define what a Xbox Smartglass is. It is an app that can easily download and install onto a compatible mobile device. When Smartglass support has made enable on your Xbox via Console Settings (Connected Devices), you can simply fire up the app on the aforementioned mobile device and sign into your Microsoft/Xbox Live Account. After this you are can using your mobile device to view and interact with various Smatglass-friendly applications such as games, music and movies.

Xbox Smartglass is available for Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, Android (version 4.0 above) and Windows Server 2012. The application was first released on October 26, 2012 last year, following the release of Windows 8. Xbox Smartglass connects with the Xbox 360 and allows more interactive entertainment. Thanks to Xbox Smartglass, mobile devices can reach its full potential and serve as second screens or even remote controller.

By using Xbox Smartglass, even on a basic level you will have an easier way to browse through Xbox Live content or to send messages to friends. Anyone who has spent time slowly selecting letters for a message using an Xbox Smartglass joypad and the onscreen keyboard will be satisfied by its ability: you can simply type words in, no need to attach the old Chatpad Keyboard. Which means you can also save your money for something else.

At first, it will be difficult to see the point of using a second screen, especially if your mobile device already has a built-in web browser. But now Tv’s ‘smart features’ and other entertainment apps are available in supporting Xbox Smartglass functionality.

What features does Xbox Smartglass app have? Each Xbox Smartglass app has five main menu options on a familiar tile-based dashboard. Its “Home” features various Quickplay options for Xbox Video, Xbox Music and any games you would like to play, while “Bing” is the built-in search function.
There is also a Remote option which can turn your mobile device into a touchscreen controller. Another menu option is “Social” which displays your Friends list and shows information about who is online, what they are doing and playing including their Gamerscores. The Xbox Smartglass is certainly responsive and will works better on a mobile phone than a tablet.
It is also a great way to control your console from the sofa since Xbox Smartglass can be used as a wireless controller.

You will also see your Xbox avatar displayed in the “Social” menu, together with one-tap options for messaging, avatar customisation, setting gaming Beacons and editing your Xbox Live profile. The other two menus are “Recent” that shows your previous activity such as the games you have played or services you have used, and “Discover”, which is a gateway to more Smartglass-enabled content on Xbox Live.

Now, after years of anticipation, Microsoft has announced the successor of Xbox 360, the Xbox One. Xbox One is said to offer simplicity over ‘complexity’ of its previous Xbox 360. So Xbox One is packed with an octa-core processor, 8 GB RAM and 500 GB of storage space. While its new interface blends the current Xbox UI with Windows 8.

Some of its contents is said originally available for Xbox 360, so the new version of Smartglass for Xbox One will offer the betterment of Xbox 360 features. Including the ability to stream games to a second-screen device such as the Microsoft Surface.

During Microsoft Smartglass for Xbox One demo, Microsoft showed a player streaming Crytek’s ne Ryse: Son of Rome to a Surface table. The demonstration later showed the same player running through a demo of Ryse: Sone of Rome only to receive message that the Xbox One’s Smart Match feature had found an online match for her to join for the game Killer Instinct. The SmartGlass instantly transitioned to the new game without a hint of lag.

Apart from the second-screen experience and its ability to setup online matches while user playing a single game player, Smartglass will also allow you to record your games and share them by using the Twitch video service. The facility gives gamers the ability to host a live stream of their favorite games that friends can comment on in real-time.

With such facilities, Xbox One will become direct competitor to Sony’s Playstation 4 and Nintendo’s Wii U as a part of the eight generation of video game consoles. Microsft itself has classified the device as an “all-in-one entertainment system” making it also a competitor to media platforms like the Apple TV and Google TV.

As the Xbox One is moving away from the previous Xbox Smartglass (Xbox 360) based architecture, the console reportedly features an AMD processor built around the x86-64 instruction set. An increasing emphasis on entertainment and integration with the Kinect peripheral are enclosed.
That way Xbox One users will able to use an existing set-top box to watch live television program (augmented by an update version of program guide with support for voice commands), have a built-in Skype client, and get an improved second screen support.

According to the Xbox One presentation, voice controls can be used as a primary means of navigating Xbox One dashboard and launching applications. Users only need to say “Xbox On” and the device will power up and turn on their TV simultaneously. Entertainment aside, users can also launch apps, play games and surf the Web by telling the Xbox to do so instead of scrolling through the console’s dashboard.

Microsoft reportedly received mixed reception for Xbox One entertainment-oriented features. Positive reception was gained for the console, but overshadowed by its lack of backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games. Xbox One’s unclear digital rights management system which includes its mandatory online authentication and restrictions on the resale of used games as well as mandatory use of Kinect, has also gathered controversy.

Xbox One users will depend on the newly 2 GB Kinect to run their application. Unless Kinect is connected, the Xbox One will not function. Responding to critics, General Manager of Xbox silicon development, Greg Williams said that Xbox One did not purposely target the highest end graphics. “We targeted it more as a broad entertainment play, and did it in an intelligent way.”
The newest version of Xbox Smartglass, Xbox One is expected to be released in November 2013.

(Date: 13 June 2013; Frida)

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