SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft has released its Smartglass application for Apple IOS, having already provided it for smartphones running its own Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system and Android.
Smartglass turns your phone, or tablet, into a second screen for your Xbox. You can use it as a controller, and swipe to change between homescreens, or as a companion device.
The second use is probably the most interesting as it lets you bring up statistics and other information about the games you are playing and the way you are playing them.
We've had a go, and it was good. It let us swipe around our console and took us deep into information about the games we have played, the achievements we have logged, and the points we have accumulated.
Users need only to download the app to their IOS device,and log in with their Windows information. It didn't take us long, and we were up and swiping within minutes.
Users can also use their smartphone or whatever mobile device as a keyboard, and now that there is a lot more to search on the Xbox, like music and films, this feature is a good one. Few people will have bought Xbox keyboards and typing on a console controller isn't the most fun you can have from an armchair. You can also use your phone or tablet to message your Xbox friends, through the Xbox that is.
In our initial experience the app didn't quite seem to fit the 4in screen of the Iphone 5. An update might resolve this though, and it was hardly an issue when we used it. µ