Microsoft fully revealed their new feature for Xbox Live called SmartGlass, an app that enhances the entertainment you experience on the console. On paper, SmartGlass sounds like a pretty cool concept but will core gamers see any real use for the app?
SmartGlass can transfer your progress in the programs or movies you watch to another mobile device, and you can also enjoy content such as an interactive map and timeline of the Game of Throne’s world Westeros while watching the show.
Not bad if you ask me, but let’s focus on the gaming side of SmartGlass.
SmartGlass will have Android, iOS, Windows 8 and Windows Phone versions so you can basically use the app on any device on the market. This is a great way to make sure everyone can get their hands on it, but what if you are already gripping a controller? The content available better be worth juggling between controller and mobile device or SmartGlass will not be used too much by Xbox 360 gamers.
Another possible limitation is the devices themselves. The conference showed a video of how SmartGlass will link to the games you’re playing. Some examples included a gamer checking out deck schematics for a spaceship in Halo 4 and Madden players creating their own plays and controlling their team by using a tablet as a controller. The earlier examples (including watching TV or movies) would only be worth using on a tablet because a large screen will display the information better and will be easier on the eyes over extended use.
If you are a Madden player it would take you a while to create the best Play-action pass you ever conceived if you are still using the original Droid smartphone.
Everything has pros to go with the cons, so what do you think? Is the SmartGlass app something you would use?