Xbox360′s forays as a multimedia platform have met with moderate success, but according to Microsoft’s Mark Whitney we’ve only seen the beginning. Whitney used his time on the floor during the company’s conference today to introduce Xbox SmartGlass technology, a system through which Microsoft aims to link smart devices to their system to allow for a deeper level of control with games and movies.
The presentation demonstrated the connectivity between the 360 console, Windows phones, and both iOS and Android devices, showcasing the ability to start a movie on-the-go on tablet and pickup from the same spot on the 360 at the touch of a button. When primarily using the television display, smart devices will display additional information ranging from cast and crew information to maps displaying the whereabouts of characters in the setting at any given time.
Whitney also showed potential applications for SmartGlass in games, showing an integrated scanning system and game invitation prompts in Halo 4 tied into simultaneous tablet use. There was no mention of any other specific games that would be designed around SmartGlass use.
Microsoft plans to have SmartGlass available this fall.