Countdown to E3: ‘Smart Glass’ Wireless Phone to Xbox Streaming Service Rumoured
With E3 kicking off today, rumours have crept out early about an interesting new wireless file sharing service that Microsoft may have in the works.
Called ‘Smart Glass’, the new feature is for the Xbox 360 and allows it to interact wirelessly with smartphones of all kinds, much like Apple’s AirPlay technology does.
The rumour states that Microsoft will launch a host of Smart Glass apps for different mobile platforms – iOS, Android and of course, Windows Phone. These apps will allow the user to wirelessly share media content between their phone and Xbox 360 console via Wi-Fi.
This could include downloading movies on your Xbox and continuing playback on your phone when you leave the room, or beaming a photo or song from your phone to the console to be played on the big screen.
The news was broken by US website The Examiner, who also claims that the apps will allow the user to remotely control their Xbox console. They also say that certain apps that are on the Xbox can be viewed on a phone or tablet using the app, such as YouTube and Netflix.
We’re already pretty confident that Microsoft won’t reveal any new hardware at the E3 conference this week, instead opting to bolster software and entertainment services for its existing console.
Sources confirmed that Microsoft is likely to show off a demonstration of Smart Glass in action at the event, although they won’t be showing any live video content.
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