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Microsoft talks up Smartglass and Xbox One

Console will support up to 16 devices
Mon Sep 09 2013, 09:26
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GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft has talked about how its Smartglass app will work with its Xbox One toy.

Microsoft reckons that its remote console app for tablet and smartphone second screens will run smoothly with the games device, and will support as many as 16 players per game. However, these are not likely to be blockbuster games.

The app will let players do things like organise gaming events with their friends while they are still at work, for example, and set up games for download while they're away from the console.

"You can now have up to 16 Smartglass devices working with an Xbox One so there are more people connecting to a game experience - that's four times as many as Xbox 360," said Microsoft in a blog post. "An interesting implementation of this would be playing poker with friends."

If playing Poker on a £400 games console is not your thing then you can consider splashing out for Xbox One games like Dead Rising 3. Microsoft claimed that the app opens up the game and allows for new streams of dialogue and interaction. We don't know if you can use it to kill off the walking dead, but knowing the game we imagine that might be a possibility.

Overall the application, which you can also use with a second screen on the Xbox 360, has been improved, according to the firm.

"Smartglass is maturing with the evolution of Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Xbox One was designed from the ground up with Smartglass in mind, and an immediately noticeable difference with Xbox One Smartglass compared to Xbox 360 Smartglass is the connection speed and performance. On average it only takes about four seconds for Smartglass to recognize your Xbox One and create an instant connection," it said.

"Smartglass is about three-and-a-half times faster on Xbox One than its Xbox 360 predecessor. And that's just for your first connection, once you're synced up, re-connecting will happen even faster."

The app is free and it will be released later this year, presumably at a time closer to the launch of the Xbox One. µ


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