Xbox SmartGlass app launching on Friday

After a very conspicuous absence on the latest Xbox dashboard feature list, Microsoft’s SmartGlass app will apparently be launching for the console this Friday.

The free app will let you hook up your smartphone or tablet to your Xbox 360 to use as a second screen to view extra game and media content, or even a controller of sorts.

“When the Xbox SmartGlass app launches on tablets, PCs and smartphones, it will include key foundational experiences for interacting with your Xbox 360, such as dashboard and app navigation and Internet Explorer control, like text input, scrolling and pinch and zoom,” explains Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb.

“Additionally, you will get SmartGlass experiences with Xbox Video and Xbox Music starting this week. Xbox SmartGlass will be a free downloadable app that takes your Windows 8 tablets and PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices, and converts them into a smart second screen for the entertainment you are enjoying through your Xbox.”

SmartGlass functionality will also be supported in a number of upcoming games, including Dance Central 3 and Forza Horizon. In the meantime, here’s a video showing how it all works:

Source: Major Nelson

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