SmartGlass on the Xbox One will be much, much better 
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Geoffrey Tim
September 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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SmartGlass, the tablet companion app for the Xbox 360 kinda sucks. It’s damned slow, it takes ages to connect with the console, it has barebones functionality, and it’s damned slow. Have I mentioned that’s it’s a little slow? It won’t be, on the Xbox One.

In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft’s box Live General Manager Ron Pessner has thoroughly detailed how SmartGlass will work on the Xbox One. The first point to notice is that it connects to the Xbox One natively – taking away much of the terrible latency found on the current iteration.

“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," Pessner says in a canned interview on Xbox Wire.

"On average it only takes about four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize your Xbox One and create an instant connection," claims Pessner, saying it’s  "about three-and-a-half times faster on Xbox One than its Xbox 360 counterpart.” You’ll also be able to hook up 16 SmartGlass devices to a single Xbox One simultaneously.

That could make it actually quite an interesting machine when it comes to digital versions of boardgames.

you’ll also be able to use Smartglass for matchmaking, and finding games to play. "If you’re in the middle of game on your console, you can begin matchmaking for a multiplayer session through SmartGlass and you won’t interrupt your action on the big screen," he described.

It’ll also be used to help and guide players who’re having trouble in some games – with walkthroughs, tips, and other bits of digital aide.

"We’re working closely with developers today to add game help to individual Xbox One titles. This is done by game creators making a help manual that we then host in SmartGlass. During gameplay, SmartGlass follows your progress and knows exactly where you’re at and where you’re having trouble, so that when you hit the Help button you’ll be given the tips you need."

And naturally, you’ll be able to browse and make purchases from the Xbox Games store using your tablet or phone, which will then start downloading to your console.

It certainly sounds like SmartGlass will be better on the Xbox One – and could actually end up being useful, instead of just kinda cool, but entirely pointless. I’ve tried to use it on the 360, but end up being frustrated and annoyed.

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  • Admiral Chief of Rivia

    Mos cool ek sê

    • Brady miaau

      Who is your Witcher 2 going?

      I am replaying (Xbox) to get both paths done.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Hmm I should start it up again & choose an alternate path. Just finished Saints Row 3 over the weekend & haven’t decided what’s next yet.

        • Brady miaau

          Well, I had about 4 months between run throughs.

          It just gets too much to just restart when done.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I haven’t played it since finishing it the first time, just after it came out. Haven’t even seen the enhanced edition heh. All I really remember is that I went along with the human side of things.

      • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

        Save Triss FTW…

        • Brady miaau

          Spoiler alert?

          but I did on 1st run through, no way I would not. I played Witcher 1 and she is just ultra cool

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            Well Depends.
            Iorweth or Roche?
            Are you hunting for all the legendary Weapon and Armor sets?
            Personally, I will always save the sexah ginger…

          • Brady miaau

            I am now on Roche path.

            And nah, I have no patience to go hunting for sets in any game. I play story and then stop.

            I miss the little town of Vergen to be honest, I liked the naive people, dwarfies and elves.

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            Did you import the Save File from Witcher 1? You get a nice armor set and 2 nice swords (that kick ass)

          • Brady miaau

            Nah, played Witcher 1 on PC. Pity, that

      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        I’m assuming you mean HOW and not WHO…

        :P

        Its going brilliantly, really flippen awesome game. Not a walk in the park, and I love it!

        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          have you got the Combat rebalance Mod installed?
          Makes things a lot of fun :-)

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Nay, explain yourself?

          • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

            http://witcher2.nexusmods.com/mods/635//?

            One of the Employees of CdprojecktRed made a combat mod that makes Geralt a LOT more responsive, revamped Combat a bit, makes the game smoother and harder at the same time :-)

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            *salutes GLCA*

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Did you find the Assassins Creed easter egg I told you about? That made me lol.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Your “spoiler” was luckily so vague that I was sufficiently surprised when coming upon it. Only afterwards I realised that was what you were talking about.

            So much lulz

        • Brady miaau

          Good to hear.

          It can be frustrating at times, but just pay attention, the game gives enough info to complete.

  • Brady miaau

    Without even reading the article, my first thought was:

    It certainly cannot be any worse!

  • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

    I’v tried using the bloody thing a few times and it’s never been anything more than a gimmick me thinks!

    • TiMsTeR1033

      I dont even like the name, smart glass…. I mean how can glass be smart

      • Admiral Chief of Rivia

        Same way that Tanya does photoshop

        • TiMsTeR1033

          its times like these I regret using my photoshop skills…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Don’t be, else no one would have learned about you Tanya ;)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            gee how lucky am I……..

    • Hammersteyn

      Now this is how you market glass. Not sure if it would work for smart glass though…
      http://i.imgur.com/90Wyd.gif

      • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

        WIN!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          you have been rather quiet today rince….

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            Ya, hungover so doing more than, well, sitting hurts…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I trust you didn’t spill on your Lg shirt again? ;P

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            Actually, my mate bought me a top with ‘Dreams are golden, duct tape is silver’ and I spilt on that :( Red wine, again…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            red red wine!!! you ruined my tshirt again, you make my skin feel like sand! oh oh ahhhh red red wine! *I dont know where that comes from* oh well

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            0-O Admiral, help!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            NNNNOOOOOO!!!! spare me! im tired of the abuse!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Tanya, what the hell are you doing out of the kitchen???!!!???

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I was ummm cleaning!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Make us a sammich dammit

          • TiMsTeR1033

            ill give you a cockmeat sandwhich!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            So you will have to bring boyfriend along, since you require a c0ck for the meat?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Damn man you cant be beaten! I give up! no more will I try win header or comment of the week

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Ahhh, grasshopper, you have now endured the trial of the spirit.

            You have passed the trial of skill, with your photoshop skills.

            Now only, the trial of the flesh, then we can call you brother!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Fine then I shall endure your torture… but mark my words ill get you ill get you good dear Admiral

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            You need to post a chilli eating video…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            screw that! what kinda club you think this is!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            This is Lagz club, and the first rule is…you must pass the trials

          • TiMsTeR1033

            and who died and made you king?? I doubt the others went through these trials, I was ignored till I showed my skills by thee admiral

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL I had to NOT troll COD for one week.
            * Lasted four days :(

          • RinceThesewinestains

            It was the hardest thing to watch man. Great respect was earned!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Indeed, I felt bad doing it, but kept on going and going, had to break him :)

          • RinceThesewinestains

            He lasted quite a while didn’t he? I think Deon was also tripped up close to the finish posts…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Not quite, he trolled earlier the week, but he posts so much it was quite difficult to track and judge each comment

          • TiMsTeR1033

            so what is it I have to do then? no chilli eating cant wont be done

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Depends how focussed and determined you are…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I am pretty focused and determined, I mean im a graphic designer so gotta deal with kak all the time

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Now now, you are 2/3 of the way there, don’t give up now!

          • RinceThesewinestains

            We all have trials, just in different ways grasshopper. For example, I’ve had to endure the wit of @Admiral_Chief:disqus for over a year and only now am I a real boy!

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Don’t forget the poop rince, don’t forget…

          • RinceThesewinestains

            I, I, 0-o

          • Hammersteyn

            TRIALS OF THE FLESH!

          • RinceThesewinestains
          • TiMsTeR1033

            I was eating my sandwhich thanks rince!

          • RinceThesewinestains

            That the cocksandwich? BOOM! Hehe, couldn’t resist ;)

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            WHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

          • Hammersteyn

            I was thinking eating chillies but if you can eat that you win

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Yikes

          • Hammersteyn

            Let’s call you Falafel since you hate Arabs?

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            XD

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.

          • Hammersteyn

            Wrong way around since your Tanya

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Check hand size & for an adam’s apple :/

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Hey Tanya, that’s no way to speak to ANGELA!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol. I saw a shirt in Markhams last week with “Move over coffee, this is a job for alcohol” I was sorely tempted.

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            lol. This one was only R40 too. It had the advantage of not taking 3 months to arrive like my LG shirt too ;)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            thats a big plus point

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            I saw one with NINJA BREAD MAN where a gingerbread man is dressed as a ninja

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            lol that is winning.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            You sir, have ze drinking problem…

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            I know. I keep spilling…

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Yar.

            Write this down:
            1. Pick up glass
            2. open mouth
            3. pour liquid in mouth
            4. close mouth
            5. swallow
            6. put down glass
            7. repeat

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            Rince and repeat did you say?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            what kind of liquid…..

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Tanya-juice

          • TiMsTeR1033

            you sicken me

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Now now Tanya, all in good fun :)

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            You drank with your cloaca?

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            ??

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I had to drink to just fall asleep last nice, but brandy not red wine… wine gives me headaches

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            “last nice”?

            Eish Tanya….

          • RinceThisandFINALLYlvUP!

            Hahahahah!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            you making a joke outta me! :(

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            No Tanya, just pointing out a spelling mistake.

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            “sitting hurts”

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Now factor in the red wine & the shirt mentioning duct tape. It all leads inescapably to one conclusion… That I can’t follow a chain of events & have no deductive skills.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            a rough night he perhaps had ;)

          • Admiral Chief of Rivia

            Janee….something seems off…butthurt…booze….spillage…..

          • RinceThesewinestains

            Hahahaha! I liked this very much!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    I always thought smartglass was a better concept than Kinect, granted I’ve only used it once or twice on my android. But yeah, it is rather pointless, because at the moment, the app isn’t that much more useful than checking your profile on a browser.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Currently love using smartglass on the tablet while sitting outside at the braai and selecting tracks on xbox music to play! Schweeeeeeet!

  • Vampyre Squirrel

    It’s not too bad from my S3 and my win8 laptop, but it does take a bit long to connect at times.