GAMES CONSOLE MAKER Microsoft has released its second screen gaming application Smartglass for the Xbox One for its Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 operating systems, as well as the Apple iOS and Google Android app equivalents.
The app's proposition is a simple one, but it threatens things like TV remotes and co-players.
The Android app's blurb, culled from the Play store, said that it offers a range of features for Xbox One gamers.
"Smartglass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. And add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own," it said.
"Navigate your Xbox One console using your device's keyboard and touch. Control your media and set top box with the Smartglass remote control. Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device. Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions. Increase performance with faster connections and reliability."
Everything you pin on the Xbox One Smartglass app will be there on your Xbox One this Friday when you sign in to your console. Pins roam.— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) November 20, 2013
The app is free regardless of your hardware choices, and Microsoft said that it is designed to work on the Apple iPad and iPhone. Closer to home, the app will work on devices running Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 and above.
The three mobile apps have all appeared over the last 24 hours. Features in them include the ability to be a spectator to your friends' game clips. µ
Hold the front page
Bluesky's the limit
Might need to come up with a better name though
There's an app for *that*