Microsoft Slaps Game Changing Xbox SmartGlass On Us at E3

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new Microsoft technology named SmartGlass was much the talk Monday during the annual E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California.

The service itself provides for cross device-syncing with a number of mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Android and iOS. And it’s all used to better manage Microsoft’s Xbox Live.

“If you love to play games, watch TV and movies, surf the Web, or listen to music, there has never been a better time to be on Xbox,” commented Microsoft President of the Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick in a press release regarding the matter.

While the platform is suited for a number of options (including movies), one of the most important capabilities is how it works with games, a feature that was demonstrated during Microsoft’s presentation on the matter.

During the event, Microsoft showed off how the application worked with an EA Sports football game in which the user was allowed to manage game interaction through simplified controls via a tablet. Smart Glass is also set to feature deeper integration with Microsoft’s upcoming OS, Windows 8.

The technology itself might be somewhat reminiscent of touchscreen controller capabilities premiered earlier this year for Nintendo’s Wii U controller, a device expected to be released later this year.

E3 is the gaming industry’s top conference, attracting thousands of enthusiasts from all over the globe. The event is expected to conclude Thursday. Aside from Microsoft, other top presenters at the event included EA, Ubisoft and Sony.