Smart Glass is going to be in every single first-party Xbox 360 game. 'Better with Smart Glass'?

Kinect may have been subliminally woven into every facet of Microsoft's E3 2012 press conference, but it's not the only feature that's seemingly omnipresent in the Xbox's future. Speaking to Joystiq, Phil Spencer, Corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, confirmed that Microsoft Game Studios will be incorporating Smart Glass into every game it releases after the service launches this autumn. 'Better with Kinect and Smart Glass', perhaps?

In case by some miracle of ignorance you completely missed E3 this year, Smart Glass is a feature that connects the 'phone or tablet you already own' (assuming you do actually own one) to your Xbox 360, allowing you to browse extra information about TV and movies and see extra game information on your iPad or Android device as you play. 

Above: A video showing how you could conceivably control Madden on a tablet device

You could argue it's a method of copying Nintendo's Wii U Game Pad without actually investing money in creating new hardware, but that would be a very cynical way of looking at what could be an interesting and worthwhile feature. Even if it does end up benefiting Nintendo more than it does Microsoft.


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  • NullG7 - June 12, 2012 1:01 a.m.

    Does no one have any thing good to say ever? I mean it doesn't look like you HAVE to use it, it looks more like having an extra monitor on your CPU to keep track of stats and things like that, I think it might be cool.
  • Shanetexas - June 11, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    I don't get it. Why wouldn't I just use that thingy with buttons they call a game controller?
  • Travia220 - June 11, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    LOL SmartGlass. "We aren't trying to copy Nintendo, yet again. Honestly!" /shrug.
  • michaelparkhurst - June 11, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    This is going to be awesome... can't wait to get this.
  • D0CCON - June 11, 2012 1:35 p.m.

    For a split second, the headline made me think that this might be worth looking into. Then I remembered that this only means that on average, the minimum number of games in a year that will use this will be about 2.
  • kc2 - June 11, 2012 12:21 p.m.

    That's funny, Microsoft first party games.
  • Tronto13 - June 11, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    People get way too worked up about this stuff but to be honest at best it will be a fun/useful addition to the game. At worst it'll suck but hey, who cares? Don't use it!
  • db1331 - June 11, 2012 10:10 a.m.

    No more laughable than "Better with Kinect" or "Play it best on Xbox 360."
  • Turtman - June 11, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    Remember the last time Microsoft came up with something good? I don't.
  • ParagonT - June 11, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    I'm good.
  • Longnuts - June 11, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    I don't have a "smart" phone nor any intentions on getting one. Can I still play video games? I mean, in 5-10 years are we going to have to look on the outside of the box to make sure we have all the accessories before we buy a game? "Mass Effect 6, play it better with Kinect, Smartglass, HeartRateMonitor720, Sweat-o-meter, Butt-wipe-O-tron, ...." gah can I just pick up a controller and play games?
  • sam80jr - June 11, 2012 12:44 p.m.

    thats almost as funny as the time my mom died of cancer...
  • ObliqueZombie - June 11, 2012 9:16 a.m.

  • sev705 - June 11, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    Like I said on another article. Xbox won't be able to throw any core features of games onto the smart glass because they can't assume everyone has a smartphone. Also, unless they make a docking controller, it will become cumbersome trying to manage playing on a controller and a phone at the same time.
  • tymillz102 - June 11, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    I feel as if this is just Microsoft trying to compete with Nintendo so that they can say "Hey, we can do the same thing they're doing on a cheaper system! Buy our product, not their product!" It feels kinda cheap too. I think it would've been smarter of them to wait and see how the Wii U sold and was received by consumers before trying to jump on the bandwagon.
  • Megaman42xX - June 11, 2012 8:10 a.m.

    I think this might be Microsoft recognizing that Nintendo has had an interesting idea. It took years for them to try to target the Wii audience with Kinect. This time they're acting fast to create apps to sync with devices you already own. Not nearly as big a commitment as basing a whole system off tablet integration. This way they get to test it out without investing heavily.
  • tymillz102 - June 11, 2012 9:36 a.m.

    I think that whether or not this received well by consumers, they're gonna try to create a separate device that does this for their next console. Either that or they'll shove it down our throats like they do with Kinect.

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